I am starting to get a little bit of a "shock and awe" factor going on here with my morning visits with you. It should not be a surprise considering I've been shocked in awed each time it happens, but each morning I go and open up my page to start to my new post, I've been in the word or praise music and as always I visit with God first. For me that means sitting quietly and listening and then whatever my heart settles on I write. Now sometimes it's hard to even come to complete sentences, and those are the posts I know are more me.
It's just been one of those weeks, though, I'm sure God is testing me, and I appreciate that. I don't necessarily like it, but it happens so often to me that I know it means something amazing is coming. God says, "I know the plans I have for you, they are plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." I myself do not know what my future holds, but since this is what God said, I know what HIS plans are. My objective then is to trust through these uncomfortable times.
I always glance at the post the day before, and find that each morning I share with you, that lesson comes to life in my day. If that isn't a God Moment right there. What I'm getting at, is I should be paying more attention to what he's saying. Most times, I didn't practice what I preached. Most times when a situation arose, I reacted, just as I normally would. I don't call it a failure, I'm actually really excited about having this opened up to me. Sometimes you tend to get so comfortable with being in Christ, you don't always notice these things. I have a really amazing support system, however that is not afraid to make me cry. This is good because my heart is as soft as butter in 90 degrees. The thing about my support team however is I know that God's best interest is in their forefront thoughts and that's the lens they are looking through. They have no personal agenda. You can even sense that in their dealings with not only myself but others. Do they make me cry, YES, Do they hold me accountable, YES. These are the wise council I seek out. I am not a puppet on their string nor am I a pawn in some game of world domination. They have God's best interest for me.
See success looks different for different people. To me it looks like winning people's hearts. I don't like money, to me it has been nothing but heartbreak. We need it of course, but it's only shown me greed, poverty and domination. When my focus is on that. It is never on God. Now I'm not saying money is evil, but the LOVE OF MONEY sure is. God did say that you can't love God and Money, because you will hate one and love the other. I concur.
A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Dear God, help us to define success in You. To steer our minds clear of distractions and empty success. That You would be our definition of perfection and that nothing would fill up our lives until we line up with Your will. Thank you for bringing to light my heart. It isn't always what I'd like to see, but it always points to the direction of Your plans, and Your plans never fail.
In Jesus name, Amen.