At the last supper that Jesus had with His disciples, in that upper room they were meeting in, Jesus talked of many things – preparing them for what was about to happen to Him and to them. One part of the conversation was about the fact that Jesus was going to His Father and that He would prepare a place for them.
“‘You know the way to the place where I am going.’
Thomas said to Him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where You are going, so how can we know the way?’
Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'”
Do you ever want to give God your thoughts in a particular situation? Do you let Him know how you think He should work things out? I know I do. Pretty audacious, even ludicrous when you think about it.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
Rejection? Injury? Death? Being alone? Losing someone you love? We are afraid of so many different things. Avoiding dangerous situations like not standing on the beach in a hurricane or riding with someone who drives like a maniac is just reasonable and not what we are talking about here.
2 Timothy 1:6-7
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us not a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
There are times when I am walking around brooding and on the verge of tears about something of which I am not even aware. This may sound crazy to you…
…but I stop and ask myself, “What are you upset about?” Then I can usually pull back the layers of emotion and get to what is going on in my head. Most of the time, I am upset about something I said or something I did and what someone else will think.
Yes, again today we are talking about me. I expect this to be uncomfortable to painful from beginning to end. If you think you are sensing that I am squirming in my chair – you are sensing correctly! Continue reading “People-Pleasers Anonymous”
On some days, the sun just does not seem to shine as brightly, does it? Some days are just harder than others. Even when you have the Light of Christ shining in your heart, sometimes joy and peace seem out of reach. But is it? Is finding hope on dark days so far away?
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you would overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
When you were in junior high/middle school, did you have a best friend? Is that person still your best friend? I doubt that many people would answer “yes” to that last one. Interests change, goals divide and people just go in different directions, don’t they? That is if the friendship survives that catty female thing to adulthood.
I remember two different sets of best friends that I would have thought would be friends forever in my school. Two of the girls were very best friends all the way through high school but lost touch sometime after we graduated. The other two were best friends and still keep in touch though I do not know how close they are now. Keep in mind that I graduated 34 years ago.
How many people do you know who live in a house, condo or apartment? Yes, me too. Most everyone I know lives in one of those three options. Have you ever seen anyone living in a foundation that does not have a house or something built on it yet? They are almost always living in a building on the foundation.
Sounds a little crazy, huh? Foundations are great… But you can’t live in them!
In this busy world, we tend to be stretched about as far as we can stretch. We have so many different plates spinning with careers, childrearing, church life, little league and so on and so on and so on. The thought of adding one more single thing to this crazy life pushes us toward the edge. So how can we love one another?
John 13:34-35 ESV
34“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
How can we live in His love? Is there stability in living in His love? Will we still have hard times… even dry times… wilderness times?
John 15:10-11 ESV
10“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”