Month: August 2013

Humility: Why Is It So Hard?

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Have you ever been in that pit of loneliness, self doubt, or guilt knowing you’ve done things you regret, things you are ashamed of, or have found yourself being distant from God?  If you are honest, the answer is yes.  We all go through life just going throughthe motions some days and ignore the fact that we are not supposed to be living for ourselves.  We are only here because God put us here.  Sometimes, the realization that we have ignored God hits us like a ton of bricks when we find ourselves in a desperate situation or at a low moment in our lives.  We look around, feeling alone, and the loneliness engulfs us as we are fighting back the realization that we have kept God out of our lives until this very moment when we want Him to come and rescue us out of the pit we have dug ourselves into.  We must open our hearts in true honesty – humbling ourselves before God and acknowledging the truth:  that we went about life as though we didn’t need God and could handle things on our own.  “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

All around you are people just like you who are Christians and are struggling and trying to balance Christianity with life rather than just realizing that you can’t be a Christian and live “worldly”.  We must cry out to God and ask for His guidance in everything – not just when we are in trouble.  Living for Him requires wearing His armor at all times because that one moment, no matter how brief, that you don’t put it on, is the one moment sin will creep right in and fester.   “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)  We are weak beings without Him.  We have no strength on our own and become so vulnerable to others around us and the opening to sin wherever we go.  

God alone can lift you up and restore your soul, your faith, your trust.  He alone can bring you to joy again when you feel there is no joy left to be found.  You must be humble.  You must show your broken spirit to God and your hurting heart.  Open it with all humility, accepting whatever lesson He may have for you to restore you to who He means for you to be in this life.  Let Him envelop you, love you, wrap His forgiving arms around you and embrace the lesson He is teaching you.  Even Jesus had to humble himself for the ultimate sacrifice.  So why should we find it so hard to be humble if Jesus could do what He did for us?   “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”  (Philippians 2:8)

There Are No Coincidences

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I have felt compelled to open my heart and continue to share the many thoughts, ideas, frustrations, blessings, etc. that roll through my mind on a daily basis.  We are at a crossroads in our life that has brought us to His complete mercy.  I awaken every day to wonder what my purpose is and why I am here.  I know that God has a purpose for me.  I know that it is by no accident or coincidence that I have lived this life and am still here to do so.  But there are always those nagging thoughts of “am I doing enough?”   “Am I doing what He wants me to do?”  “Did I miss something He has tried to tell me or direct me to?”    

Rarely do I find the answer to these questions because God knows and sees everything.  He sees when my neighbor goes through a bad day and just needs a friendly face, and I happen to be the one that walks out my door as just the right time for a friendly “hello” and “how was your day?”  It is no coincidence.   He sees when the lady in the grocery store is struggling to reach something with her bald head under a cap, the signs of chemo and strain in her face, and a man comes along with a helping hand and strikes up a conversation to relieve her burden for a brief moment by allowing her to share.  It is no coincidence.   He rises the sun, forms the clouds, blows the wind through the trees, creates our babies and allows us to hear their precious giggles or unending curiosity.  He breathes life into every facet of the world, every ethnicity, every single glowing soul that needs only to be opened and touched by Him to live forever with Him.  Indeed, it is no coincidence.

When I meet the day with these thoughts of my current purpose, I have to dig deep and push my worldly thoughts aside.  There will always by the naysayers who have their ideas of what your present and even your future should look like and be, but God is the only One Who knows what my days hold.   As I look for strength to meet the day with courage and enthusiasm and patiently wait for my God to give me instruction on what move to make next, I am lambasted with a startling reality that was sitting in front of me all along.  God doesn’t want me to sit around and wait.  He wants me to live in the present and give glory to Him, serve Him, and serve others in whatever way I can in that moment.   I don’t have to wait for God to tell me to speak to my neighbor, help the lady in the grocery store, or love my children.  He has given me these duties and purposes as a Christian living in Him and has given me His love to share.   I need only pick up my Bible and the words are waiting there for me:

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:12-14

As you begin your day looking ahead and doing your daily planning, remember to open God’s word and see what His plans are for you.  Remember as I will that He sees all, knows all, loves all… and there are no coincidences.