You got this. Make it happen.
You got this. Make it happen.
Do what you love and enjoy life.
Less self, more for others
Less taking, more giving
Less hurting, more loving
Less stuff, more time
Less pain, more caring
Less hate, more forgiving
Less worry, more peace
Less thinking, more believing
Less doubting, more trust
Less isolated, more insulated
Less second guessing, more prayer
Less fear, more faith
Less me, More of You, Jesus.
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
Galatians 6:9 NKJV
Fifteen years ago a malnourished cat came running in our front door one morning. I thought she was a kitten by looking at her size, we came to find out she was about 3 years old. JJ had been one of the many strays that had adopted us. Reflecting back on her life I see how we treat our relationships with others and God.
JJ loved her food bowl full and if it wasn’t she would tell you by crying her head off or flipping the dish. And don’t we all act that way sometimes? We through our little fit until we get what want not realizing everything we need has already been supplied.
She also only loved on her terms. You could only pet her for a few strokes before she would nip at you. She always kept her distance but being just close enough to keep close watch just in case you might try to love on her.
And so it is with us, we come into a relationship beat up and malnourished. We want to be loved, but only on our terms. Then when someone tries to show true love we snip at them and hold them off and ultimately reject them and blame them for trying to help us. This is the same thing we do to God. He wants to love us where we are and supply our needs yet we settle for our wants and needs, even though He has even better for us.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
In January I received the best and scariest phone call all in one call. It was a phone call I had wanted for many years and yet when hearing, “Ted, we would like you to be Lay Director for the Emmaus Walk in August,” I was crushed under the weight of the responsibility of this position. I humbly accepted after much prayer and soul searching.
One of the first things I did was buy a notebook and started carrying it with me everywhere, because you never know when God is going to inspire with a little nugget that will make a huge difference. I started recording prayers for the team members and for the pilgrims that God has already picked. Even though I was months away from even starting the team selection process God had already laid on my heart what to pray for His team and for the pilgrims that will be attending the walk in August.
As Lay Director in training for the March Walk it was my honor to observe the team meetings and be a part of the team. I prayed throughout the meetings and the walk that God would build His Team, not mine. I prayed that He would put the right people in place to lead the next set of pilgrims to freedom in Him.
On Saturday afternoon during Dying Moments, Pastor Bill Halter made the comment, “Don’t give up a symptom, give up the root cause of the problem.” It was a deep blow to me when I heard him. For years I had given this or that up and asked for forgiveness and yet there was always more crud that kept resurfacing moments, days or weeks later. That afternoon I received and unexpected gift form God…FREEDOM! I was able to let go of a burden that had been a part of my life for more than 30 years. As I set in the sanctuary with tears streaming down my face, a peace overcame me like I have never experienced. For the first time in my life I experienced a joy beyond measure and laughter welled up inside me. I set there crying on the outside and laughing in my spirit.
This morning I awoke rested in my spirit for the first time my life. Peace has come in like a flood and washed me clean from shame and guilt. I experienced God in a whole way this weekend and now that I am free, with God’s help I can help others to His freedom. DeColores
A new week, new challenges and new opportunities!
How you react defines you.
Let’s GO! We can do this.