Life is made up of moments. Some people don’t give much power to a moment. “It’s only one.” This gives them an excuse to create destructive habits or to live life without intention or purpose. Each moment is adding up to a future, whether we realize it or not. It is moments that change our lives!
Moments of choosing to believe lies from the Enemy or the lies that others have told us about ourselves.
Moments of choosing to love when you don’t “feel like it.”
The moment you choose to respond with peace instead of losing your temper.
The moment you meet your spouse, whether something dramatic takes place within you or not.
The moment when your child is placed into your arms for the very first time.
The moment you forgive and let go of what happened years ago, or even a few months ago. You release yourself and release that person.
A moment in which you choose to communicate with the other person rather than assume the worst about their motives.
The moment a person chooses to reach for the phone and seek authentic relationship instead of porn, alcohol, or drugs.
The moment your perspective forever changes due to an experience or a sickness that could have taken your life–but you’re still here.
The moment in which you choose love over fear.
It is in each moment that we choose to become a lesser version of ourselves, or to become the image that our Creator had in mind when He lovingly molded us in our mother’s womb.
Moments are what add up to make a life! Be open to each moment and what it has to teach you. Live each moment fully present. God is working through all of them. And in the moments you never expect, He will do miracles!
Have you ever noticed that we live in a world that doesn’t like change to the way things are?
Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr‘s birthday. Martin Luther King Jr. died for the cause of equality for all the races in the United States. There were many people opposed to his message. They wanted things to stay the way they were. In the end, the opposition killed him. This year will mark 49 years since his life was taken too soon. His legacy lives on. Many freedoms have been secured for equality between races. Now, segregation is illegal. Black children and white children attend school together. People of every color can drink from the same water fountain, and decide where they would like to sit on a public bus. Citizens of every race can cast their vote in elections.Though the laws have changed, many realities have not. So we press on. MLK teaches us to fight for justice and what is right in a world that doesn’t want things to change.
When you are living a life different than what the world says you should, you will encounter opposition.
When you go deeper in a relationship with God and abandon your life to live totally for HIM, there will be resistance.
When you seek justice for the oppressed, you will battle opposition.
When you do things in a way that is outside the status quo, there will be resistance.
When you make decisions that don’t follow the normal, there will be opposition.
When you wait on the Lord for HIS choice of spouse, people will think you are picky and unreasonable.
If you are seeking to live an authentic Christian life, the world will try to silence you.
Step outside the status quo. Forget what the world says. Take a leap of faith in the walk that God has given you, and the strength that you have been given to walk it out.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”~Proverbs 3:5-6
How much do we make our focus wanting to know which path to take? For many of us, we expend a tremendous amount of our thought life and energy trying to “figure things out.” This can bring our hearts to places of confusion. It can bring us to trusting in ourselves and our own abilities to choose and decide. We lose focus of our Creator. Where should our hearts find their first priority? As these verses remind us, we must submit our hearts and our ways to God. We must trust in our God completely. When we submit to Him and trust Him in each area of our lives, He will make our paths straight. Living in a holy manner and in trust will keep us on a straight path to the Heavenly Father and the purpose in our lives.
Someone once wisely told me not to run ahead of Jesus. To walk in step with Him as He leads me. They must have picked up on my tendency to always want to know the future. Or, as another friend of mine put it, I take life “fast.”
After making decisions, I automatically jump to what is next. My mind goes to how this decision could potentially affect my life one year, two years, and even more down the road. I already want to know what the next decision will be. Of course, decisions do affect our futures and we must take that into account. Yet, we can only make decisions with the information we have. We don’t know exactly how this decision will build upon the next. We don’t even know the next minute of our lives! Only our Father knows. And if a decision doesn’t go exactly as planned? He knows that, too. After all, He is GOD. He has the ability to steer us back on track when we deviate.
So I stick to one step, one day at a time. I’m trying my best to keep in step with Jesus and see what He has to show me. Day by day, choice by choice, I rely on His grace. He will take care of the rest.
We cannot move forward without letting go. What we let go of is varied: it could be relationships, desires, sins and bad habits, or other things. Do you want to make progress in your race and move forward into a better future? Then you must learn to let go. No progress can be made without sacrifice. Once you have sacrificed, then your progress will come.
Progress requires letting go of unhealthy relationships and those that are critical of us.
Progress requires letting go of unhealthy habits that don’t allow us to grow spiritually or physically.
Progress requires changing thought processes that are negative and self-demeaning.
Progress requires making decisions that some people will not understand.
Progress requires saying “no” to some goods in order to say “yes” to the best good at that time of your life.
Progress requires holding back from buying “wants” in order to better provide for needs and secure a stable financial future.
Progress requires waiting and growing in the present moment in order to receive a future, long-awaited blessing.
Progress requires total faith in Jesus Christ and His plans and promises for you.
What is it that you need to let go of in order to be free and make progress?
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”~Philippians 3:14
“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.”~Proverbs 16:3
Do you remember the old adage “look before you leap?” I have another take. Askbefore you leap. Talk to your Creator, the One who fashioned you and knows you completely and fully. Then, if you have true peace and by all accounts the answer seems to be a “yes,” then go ahead and leap!
Once again, I’m at a period of my life where I feel overwhelmed. Anyone else feeling the same? There are many projects I could undertake or continue. Before starting or continuing any of the projects, I must consult my Father. He is the One who created me with my specific talents and gifts. He knows the timing of the events in my life, how circumstances will change, and if some endeavors are not yet to come to fruition. If I jump in without consulting God, that does not bring glory to Him. Without God, they will not succeed. If there is any success in the project, it will not glorify Him or bring about the fullest success if we had asked His leading and help throughout the process. Sometimes the answer won’t be a “no,” but a “later.” We can’t accomplish each of our callings at once! Not to mention, it will save us so much energy and time if we simply focus on the works God has put before us, without trying to do everything. (I get the image of someone in an office with bookshelves all along the wall, filled to the brim. The office door is shut to the outside world and the person sits at the desk piled overwhelming with papers and binders. The worker is frazzled and can’t do any of the projects well. The door is shut because that person didn’t ask for advice before beginning any of the projects, nor do they want help or to hear about how maybe some of the works weren’t meant for this time!)
Don’t just leap. Ask first, like a child asks their parents for something they want. If you get the go ahead, then go ahead! Keep asking for direction throughout the whole process. By following the leading of God in each of your undertakings, you will glorify Him. You will be shaped more and more into the creation that your Father always envisioned!
Asking will save you time, energy, finances, and possibly heartache. Ask before you leap.
“Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them,and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.”-Matthew 4:18-22
A few months ago, I heard a sermon that really stuck with me. The sermon was based off of the reading above. It brought up an idea I hadn’t thought of before: Jesus as the “Great Interrupter.” Usually we think of an interruption as something negative. Jesus brings another kind of interruption: He asks us to let Love in, and to allow our lives to be radically transformed. He asks us to abandon or re-evaluate our plans and ways of living for something greater.
When James and John set out on a boat that day to start work, they didn’t know that their lives would never be the same again. They had no idea that they would literally drop their nets, their careers, and lives as they knew it, and follow Jesus. What an eventful day that must have been! Mary certainly wasn’t expecting an angel to show up to her family’s abode in Nazareth and announce that she would carry the Son of God in her womb! Think about other stories in the Bible. Jesus never leaves things as they are.
We make plans for our lives. Some of us are determined and don’t want anything to derail us. Are you ready for Jesus, the Great Interrupter? If He asks you to lay down your plans and take a different direction, are you ready? Or are you determined to push away all interruptions, even if your Lord were the one stepping in? Take a moment to reflect. Is He stepping in and asking you to take a different direction?
Jesus: the Great Interrupter. With Him, our lives here and eternally will never be the same!
Together journeying toward the Creator and becoming the creations we were meant to be.