When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
So did you hear about the pastor who said this about grace? How bout that minister who just does marriages for first timers? Maybe you heard about the priest who has been visiting people in bars? Did you hear about that church couple who have been fighting? Can you believe that so and so are searching for a divorce lawyer? Did you know that Mr. and Mrs. Busybodies are no longer attending that church? Did you hear about that teen in youth group is pregnant and it’s by another teen student that goes to another church?
Why does anything I mentioned in the first paragraph matter to us? If I am correct the Bible clearly states that we are to love one another. Why is that so tough? Probably because we are human. Maybe because when we go through things and are set free we expect everyone else to have the same views. Maybe we have this belief system that because we were set free from certain things that others should be able to also with no issues. What we fail to recognize is that we all have come from different walks of life and some things which were easy for us to break away from may not be so easy for others.
Now clearly, there are some folks I would just like to drag right to Jesus’ feet and make them sit, but we all know that is not a reality in any situation. We all have to find God in our own way. We have to be the ones willing to be changed from the inside out. With our free wills, we have to begin to allow God to cut us like that rough diamond and create in us a clean, precise image…one just like Jesus.
So what do we do when someone is speaking about another person? Choose not to get involved. Offer prayer as an option instead of standing in judgement. Begin to show how God’s Word instructs us to love…no where does it say to speak ill of anyone. I know it is really hard to separate ourselves from the world, yet if we are going to show the love of Christ to anyone then this is something we need to be able to do, love. We at times seem to be incapable of loving others and this stems from being unloved in certain situations in our own lives.
We have to go against everything within us sometimes and push to love. Push aside pain. Push aside distrust. Push aside offenses. I like the analogy I have heard about PUSH. Pray Until Something Happens. This is what we need to do in situations where we just don’t want to love. This is what we need to do when rumors need stopping. We just need to say, “Because God Says….”
I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears.
Okay Lord, what now? Got out of the boat. Rocked the boat. Tipped it over. Yet I still feel like nothing has happened. I know I am suppose to be still and know that You are God, however, I still feel in my spirit as though You are waiting on me somehow. I have placed all the faith I have into Your will for my life. I have prayed. I have surrendered. I have not quit but I have given up. I have given up my will to control the things in my life. So now……..
Ever have one of those conversations with God? I did today. Matter of fact I got kind of frustrated. I didn’t feel unworthy but unused. I wasn’t angry just ready for something to change. Ever notice how right before a storm is broken all hell breaks loose? Things get heated and frustrating. Tempers may flare and surely insecurities are flashing about like lightening. Things just seem to be getting stressful and you start mumbling to God when all of a sudden you reach a point where the only answer for the situation is…..breakthrough.
Perhaps this is where I am with my ministry at this point. I know provision for the books is right around the corner. I know God has already got this all planned out and all I have to do is follow the plan set before me. How do we do this? Conversations with God. Reading the Word. Seeking Him in all of the circumstances surrounding the storm. Whether it be work related, relationship issues, personal battles or just stuck in a rut, the storm always gets worse before it gets better. The intensity of the issues gets hotter and hotter until you reach a breaking point and you either deal with it or push it away.
If you choose to push it away, it will come back at some point, however if you choose to deal with it, a victory will arise. Then you will be better prepared for the next storm. When we just close our eyes to the issues at hand we enter the next battle unprepared and possibly in a worse situation. God brings things to us so that we may become stronger and more dependent on Him. As we go through the storms we learn how to put God right in front of us instead of looking back to see what He is going to do.
Are you in a storm right now? How are you handling it? Are your eyes closed hoping it will go away or are you facing the storm like your God is big enough to cover it? Choose right now to go head on into your storm with your eyes fixed on Jesus.
I was pushed back and about to fall, but the LORD helped me.
Ezekiel 1:28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.
Today as I was filling out an application to join a website concerning writing, I really began to wonder why I have not more actively pursued this passion which lies in my heart to write. I have loved the art of rearranging words since I was in kindergarten. I knew math was not my strong point after being the only kid in the class who did not receive a big Hershey bar for being able to say all of my numbers correctly from 1 to 100. I despised my teacher for years because of my own failures and finally after repenting and asking God to forgive me I can remember some of the good times from those early days.
In high school I really found my love for writing as I wrote poem after poem and really enjoyed my writing classes. I had a teacher who believed in my writing and gave me much needed encouragement as I struggled with who I wanted to become. Well instead of focusing on my college career and getting any kind of degree in writing, I quit after the first semester because one of the teachers seemed to hate the way I wrote. Why on earth did I give up so easily? How often in our lives do we not push for the things we want but instead walk away from our destiny only to discover ourselves not where we want to be 20 years later? So here I am, working in a restaurant for the past 25 years and going nowhere in my passion for writing because I let a stumbling block 20 years ago stop my voyage. Now don’t misread me, I love my job and I have had so many opportunities to bless others here that I have no regrets, I just wish I would have been doing something with my writing at the same time.
I have decided today there is no better time than right now to change this aspect of my life. As I go through the process of adding all the little extras into my book like table of contents and dedications, I want this to be a beginning of something new for me. I will soar as though on eagles wings just like God says I will in the Bible. He keeps His promises to us and all we have to do is believe. It really is that simple. He set before us this great race and it is up to us to decide whether we will run it or not. Taking this race to the next level is my goal. Yes it is one filled with hurddles, but once you have mastered the art of jumping with God, nothing is impossible.
Do you have a dream? Do you know what your hearts’ passion is? Are you just accepting where you are in life even though there is the fire burning within you to accomplish things much greater than this? Is it time for you to run? To push forward? To gain control of your destiny? I myself am ready to run this race full force. I got what it takes and this fire, well it just will not decrease! I want to be a lighthouse for someone else. I want God to use my writing to change the world and to reach those who are in need. I want to display my life for the world to see so that there is evidence of a better life, one full of blessings and wishes granted. It is never too late to start running your race. Ready. Set. Go!
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,