This is a question that I had to ask myself today after listening to a sermon online about the “Dysfunctions of Comfort”. I strive to be as humble as I can be and I’ve never viewed that as a bad thing, but have I used it as a cover up for my insecurities? I like to think of myself as a secure and confident person in 99% of areas in my life. I stay in my lane until I’ve learned the skill or knowledge necessary to swerve into another lane.
The question that was provoked by this sermon presents a challenge for me. As I am always striving to be better than I was yesterday, I will need to evaluate my moments of humility. I need to check my insecure, less confident inventory to gauge areas in need of growth and I need to break up some of my routines. It’s time to shake things up a little bit and be more adventurous. After all, failing a few times will only lead me to succeed.
I’ve never been much of a risk taker and it is very possible that this cautionary side of my personality may be connected to insecurities that I have not identified. From this day forward, I am going to journal more about opportunities and things that I have been so quick to turn down. I’m interested to see what patterns will come to light and how I can prepare myself for what happens after I say yes more often.
Now don’t get me wrong, my self-esteem hasn’t been negatively affected yet I’ve been pushed to challenge my thinking and decision making. Stay tuned. I will post an update for sure.
Life can get in the way and we can easily lose our enthusiasm and excitement. The worst thing that we can do is forget why we are living and/or forget how much we must be grateful for! There is positively absolutely no reason for us to walk around on auto pilot with little to no spunk. We will not sink into a state of being dreary, dull or blasé.
Our momentum has everything to do with our inner being and how well we are taking care of it. While hubby and I are currently on the hunt to find the “perfect” home to purchase, we are learning a lot. While it’s great to have awesome curb appeal, we are more concerned about what is on the inside. In the words of my husband, “we live on the inside, not the outside, right?”. I begin to think about that in a spiritual sense. Our spirits are internal, and we must be more concerned with taking care of them than we are about the external. There are plenty of people walking around dressing up a hot mess. They are photo shoot ready on the outside but a complete wreck on the inside. When we take care of what’s on the inside, we can gain momentum in this marathon.
Re-establish your momentum. Discover your rhythm. Find your energy. Get more sleep. Worry less. Pray more. Laugh a lot and loudly. Go dancing. Go roller skating. Go on a hike and marvel at the works of God’s hands. Do what you must do, I beg you. Your life depends on it. Re-claim your momentum!
Don’t allow you pain to be the object of your worship. Whatever is getting all your attention and absorbing all your thoughts is what you are worshipping. God is completely God and He is completely man therefore HE’s able and HE knows, you can count on HIM. HE is not going to fail you.
Be wise in discerning if you are facing a human problem or a demonic attack. Do not be ignorant of Satan’s devices. When we are ignorant we make faulty and misguided conclusions and decisions. The wiser we are, the more difficult it will be for Satan to take advantage of us and our thoughts and decisions.
Trust the water of God’s word to satisfy the thirst that your circumstance is causing. HIS word will saturate the dry places and leave a remnant or a dew as a reserve. There is nothing HE can’t solve.
See the marvels of God. Pause and take a look at who he is and what he has done. He’s done great things and not just for you but think about what he has done for those that have become before you. Take a real good look around and remember where HE has brought you from.
Every thought should ignite thanksgiving. The fruit of our lips should sound like a chorus or like an orchestra. The beat of our heart should create a song, instrumental music that prophesies to generations to come.
We’ve been spared from so much so let us have great gratitude and humility to an awesome mighty God!! Every day of our lives ought to be filled with a longing for God and deep devotion. He is above all things. He is above politics, above pressure, above persecution and above pain. Our God is worthy of thoughtful thanksgiving. Selah.
Because of God’s perfect love that is void of fear we should not be afraid but be strong and of good courage. God is strong and he wants us to be strong. His love is like a never ending wedding ceremony. We can have high hopes and think big. Be sure to make room in our minds, spirits and soul for the increase that he has prepared for you. Pitch a tent large enough. You are going to bring back to life that which has been dead. You are on assignment to resuscitate and to bring life. The results of what is to come will make you forget about the humiliations of your youth. Rejection is a thing of the past. You will receive beauty for ashes. God delights in you because of your righteousness. Sing boisterous praises unto him for he alone is worthy. You are dressed in a suit of salvation. Saved from destruction and death. The lord will put you on display for the whole world to see what righteousness looks like. Go forth and be fearless!
Pitch a tent wherever you are as an act of a healthy awe reverence of God Almighty. Let your tent be your umbrella in all places so that you are reminded how good it is to obey God rather than men. In our act of faith, we will be witnesses of the things of God because the word of God will always prosper and we will not be scattered to the wind but we will be strong in our knees and in our stance. We may bend and we may even buckle but we won’t break!
I pray that on this week we will experience unusual amounts of love and peace. The receipt of these fruits is about our perception. Perception is reality. What we perceive to be true is the truth to us. Let’s ask ourselves where our truth is coming from. Let’s evaluate our root and foundation. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior”. Let’s challenge ourselves to combat every thought outside of love and peace with love and peace. If a family member says something hurtful, fill your thoughts of a memory of them that makes your smile or laugh and then share it with them. If a co-worker is slamming doors, remind him or her how valuable they are. When was the last time that you’ve complimented a co-worker on a skillset that they have that is priceless to the team? If your child disappoints you, respond with a loving kind word that will change their attitude and shock them. If your spouse gets under your skin, pause. Pray about your response and then shower them with their favorite things.
Consider yourself deputized. You are the love and peace deputy of the week. It is your job to enforce love and peace no matter what. You’ve been designated to influence every place that you step in to. Empower others around you to spread love and peace in their circles as well.
Stand up for it. Cover others in it. Spread it abroad. Express it abundantly. Share it intentionally. Love and peace over everything else. We can all agree that the world needs more of it so let it start with you.
Let’s go out of our way to give a compliment, a hug, a gift, a kind gesture, a loving expression or more. Let’s do the unexpected to make someone feel that they are appreciated. This week won’t be about us or what we need or want; it will be about others. “For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silent the ignorant talk of foolish people.”