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“I went to a quiet place hoping to meet God.
But God was already there, waiting just for me.”
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A Reflective Blog
Why is it that other people’s issues and weaknesses are so easy for us to spot, but we’re oblivious about our own? I know I struggle with this – and maybe you do too.
We all have friends and family that we adore and think are great! But we also recognize that everyone has challenges and our special folks are no exception. We see their “flaws” but we make allowance for them because we love them.
But when it comes to our own issues, we’re clueless and have no idea how we come across to other people. The funny thing is that they can clearly see OUR challenges!
This reminds me of the Bible verse about taking the log out of our eye so we can see the speck in someone else’s, but it’s just a little different. Is it time to ask God for the same level of discernment about ourselves that we apparently have about everyone else?
Heard an interesting thought the other day. “What will you do in the meantime?” You know, the time between two big events. The meantime could be after graduation and before the wedding. Or after retirement and before life’s end. There are lots and lots of meantime possibilities.
But the real question is – what exactly are you doing during the in-between time? I’ve sometimes been guilty of treading water and maybe you have too. Sometimes it feels like there isn’t much to do except stand still and watch the time go by. But is that really true?
Why should the meantime be different than other times? OK – sometimes God calls us to wait on his timing – and that’s good. But even while we’re waiting, I doubt that he wants everything to come to a screeching halt. After all, time is what life is made of. Even the meantime has room for growth, and service, laughter and tears.
What are you doing in the meantime?
Have you ever said, “After this happens (fill in the blank), everything will fall into place and I’ll be happy?” It’s a basic human desire to put all the blocks in place so that our lives are secure and comfortable. But it doesn’t usually work.
Sometimes no matter how we line up the blocks, they fall through. Or maybe a block is missing from our set and we just can’t seem to find it. Either way, our dreams of a happy life on autopilot don’t materialize. Perhaps we’re setting our blocks in the wrong order?
How about placing the spiritual block first. When we do that, we have a firm foundation of peace and partnership with God. Then as we place the rest of the blocks, they’ll sit on a firm underpinning. Even if a few of them fall, the foundation still stands. Then, with God’s help, we can set the blocks again even firmer than before!
Is your spiritual building block in place?
What is your day like? Is it spent doing a job that’s boring and routine? Perhaps it’s taken up with a list of household chores. Or maybe taking care of others consumes our time. But we often ask, “Is this all there is?”
Sometimes – in fact most of the time – I long to make a difference and do something super important. I’d like to be remembered through the ages for a fantastic contribution to society. But how realistic is that? And would Jesus really want that for me? Probably not.
Sometimes it’s hard to accept that we often serve God best in the ordinary areas of life. There are very few super heroes. But millions are living each day, doing their best to help others, excelling at their work, and setting the best example they can.
God asks us to be faithful in the small things. So just imagine millions of us serving God in humility. What a powerful tidal wave we could create!
How are you serving?
It seems that our economy is based on convincing us that we should buy more than we really need. Somehow we end up believing that we are deprived if we don’t own all the latest gadgets. Plus, what will people think if we can’t flaunt the newest technology? Of course, we’re completely ignoring our dwindling bank balance! But is this the wisest use of our money?
Perhaps we need a change of perspective. A simpler lifestyle might be in order. After all, it takes a ton of time to manage all of this buying and owning. Would God say this is the best use of our resources? Since they ultimately come from him, it’s possible that he has a completely different plan for us. Maybe it’s time to ask him!
What about your spending?
Looking for a way to make a difference? Perhaps you see pressing problems in the world and you’d like to help. Or maybe there are issues you feel passionate about and want to get involved. But you look at your time and finances and decide there’s no way.
Think again. There is something you can do. Encouragement costs you nothing and can help a hurting soul. It doesn’t even need to be anything specific or special. Sometimes just telling a sales clerk that she’s doing good work is enough, especially if she’s new on the job and flustered.
I know a man whose goal is to be a blessing to everyone he meets. When people see him they feel honored and respected, no matter what their circumstances. I believe they actually see Christ reflected through him.
So is it time to begin scattering encouragement wherever you go? It’s free and I’ll bet God will be smiling!
Who can you encourage today?