1. Maybe my purpose is to NOT settle on one sweet spot. I have been reading “Cure for the Common Life” by Max Lucado. In it, he talks about how the stream of life constantly “beaches” us on the same shores over and over again. For me I am either beached on the shore of doing a creative endeavor — like working for Challenger Films, or doing something meaningful, like being a stay at home mom or doing mission work. I keep thinking that only one of these is what I am meant to do. But when I do one for awhile, then I want to the other. I keep trying to do both and balance them. Maybe I am meant to do both, or maybe I am meant to move from one to another at certain seasons of life.
2. He is the one who shapes every human heart, and contemplates every work of man. Ps 33:16 Just a cool scripture. I love the thought that God carefully designs and creates our hearts, and is somehow involved in everything we do.
3. Even though I am denying self, my job is to be MORE of myself, not less. Lucado shared the story of Thomas Merton, who became a monk. After 13 years his friend visited and was surprised that Merton was “still himself.” Merton said that a monk’s duty is to be more of themselves, not less. For me, sometimes I spend so much time denying self, and I sometimes feel that I lose sight of who I am. What do I do with the bossy, controlling part of myself? It’s good to remember that God created me in a certain way, and there are ways for me to be the FULLEST of who I am created to be, and THRIVE!
4. Jesus is at home with me. He is there, a constant companion in my inmost being.
- I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ living in me. And the life that I live I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. Gal 2:20
- Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:23
5. I am a LIFE COACH! I have been watching “The Voice,” and thinking about the job the coaches have. They encourage each individual on their team to work hard. They bring out the best in that person. I need to be more of a coach for others. I am too passive, just letting each person do their own thing. I need to go out there and spur each of my friends on, help them to find ways they can cross the finish line in victory!
6. Do things because I want to give my HEART to God. We have a special contribution coming up, and Mike did a lesson Wednesday night on giving to God because we LOVE to give to Him. We should show our heart to God when no one else is around. This is a great focus for ALL areas of my life.
- People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. I Sam 16:7
- Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. II Cor 9:7
- Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, and in truth. John 4
- Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. Ex 25:2
- The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD. I Chron 29:9
7. It’s ALL GRACE! I was listening to a class by Gary Roberson on Galatians. He said it’s not grace on one side, and obedience on the other, like two wings of an airplane. Our obedience is nothing! It’s ALL by God’s grace — both wings! God isn’t our “copilot.” He is THE pilot, the One and Only.
- For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.” Gal 2:16
- God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Eph 2:8-9