10.5 years. That’s how long I’ve known Jesus. All these years. I still struggle with misperceptions. I still throw up the wall when I think that other person doesn’t like me. It’s an involuntary reflex. But I catch myself doing it now so that’s something.
Generous is the word the Lord gave me for 2016. Not in the money or stuff connotation. But in the life connotation. In the ‘stop assuming the worst about others because you’re misreading their signals’ kind of way.
I caught myself doing it with a new girl who started just recently. My perception of her silence being I’m not worth her bother. When maybe she’s just shy or quiet.
The generous way is to believe the best in others instead of assuming the worst. And I wonder how long will it be before I believe this? Truly?
This is what I’m thinking about.
Sharing with Lyli.
“With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.”Ephesians 3:20-21 NCV
This is so interesting to me. When I read the above verse in this version, it occurred to me that I may not have completely understood the meaning. I always read this verse from a selfish perspective, for my own benefit.
But in this version, it seems that with God’s power working in me, God can do so much more for others than I can possibly ask or imagine!
My mind was officially blown away.
And it makes sense when you realize the Bible is all about Jesus. All about his plan for redemption. His plan to redeem mankind.
Oh how I love the Lord!
“So brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.”
Romans 12:1 NCV
Now that October is over, now that I’ve gotten in the habit of writing daily, I’d like to continue. I’m not sure what daily writing will look like, but I want the words I write to honor the Lord. I don’t want to try to create themes or titles because that seems to shut my brain down. I think my writing will look more devotional, based on my thoughts about the Word of the Lord, how it moves me, my heart.
Because when you get down to brass tacks, the only words that matter belong to God. He is everything. Without him, I’d still be walking around in the dark. And not just any kind of dark. It was the dark of a very deep cave. Ever been in a cave? There are a couple where I grew up. You could go for a tour. When you got in as far as you could go, where the light from the bulbs was super dim and you were shivering because it was incredibly cold and damp no matter how hot it was outside, they would turn the lights off so you could experience complete and utter darkness. Brrrr.
Being without God was like that for me. So even though I’m still not entirely sure what it looks like to be a living sacrifice for God, I want to be. Because the Lord has shown great mercy to me.
Joining Lyli today.