My Concrete Dove2 Timothy 1:7-8 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. This blog is about my Christian walk. Join me for the adventure.
My last post was a challenge to get moving because we all have kingdom assignments. It was stronger than encouragement but not quite a rebuke to those of us that can’t seem to move forward. We all have our challenges. The good news is that God allows us all a fresh start again and again.
In the not so distant past (about 20 years ago) I sat with my five-year-old son on my lap in front of the glowing television screen listening to Billy Graham sharing a godly message that when straight to my heart. I can’t remember ever not knowing who Jesus was, but I didn’t know who Jesus is until that night.
During that time of waiting, Timothy learned that follow through matters. He had to follow through in diligence, keeping up with his school work and chores to show his parents he wasn’t only willing but ready for the responsibility. From his parents, he learned how to make and keep a promise; how to follow through in love..
In 1984 I was a 26-year-old mother of three, in debt and living in low-income housing. I remember lying on my second-hand couch full of anxiety and praying, “Lord please help me. Help me and I promise I’ll start going to church.”
I have a place in Christ, over which no man has control and no job can compare. NOW, it’s up to me to live in the truth of who I am.
When is it ever enough? Is your it status-related like income, bank account, job title, respect of others, even your position at church? Is your it appearance-related like diet, exercise, make up, a closet full of clothes that make you look thinner, younger or sexier, and don't forget the shoes? The it we’re chasing may even shift over time depending on circumstances and people around us. It that a fair observation?
We spend so much time searching for our purpose, our calling and a book that will tell us how to do it. Then there’s the perfect outfit, the right shade of lipstick, the perfect vacation spot or whatever it is we think we want or need at the time. It takes over our focus for the moment until we move on to the next ME thing. How much time do we spend searching for want we truly need?
Yes, I fall into the comparison trap chickening out of posting something on Facebook, starting a Pinterest board, or anything else that could expose my ineptness. Then, I go into the not-good-enough cave for a couple of weeks (or months) until the cycle starts all over again. This keeps me just short of commitment. Incomplete.
We need to prune away the excess to find what God has waiting for us to access. The dead weight, the no-longer-useful, the withered, it all has to go. Make time for a sabbath margin.
By watching my father, I learned that we can face overwhelming life events with courage and strength, that even without money we can be generous, that in Christ we can control our actions and attitude, and that love endures.