What are the things you are holding on to emotionally and physically?
What are the things you are demanding to have in life?
What are the excuses you give for not obeying that still quiet voice?
This past weekend Moe and I . . .
. . . got to spend a weekend at a conference geared to cast vision to Junior and Senior College students about how they can spend their lives for Christ. There were topics on discerning God’s Will, Stewardship of Life & Eternal Perspective. I got to process the above questions and many more leading a group of wonderful ladies.
Even though this time was for college students it most surely spoke to this 35 year old mama of 2!
Even though I committed a long time ago to go where He sends me and to submit to His plan – its not a one time deal. Each day, hour, minute I must commit and submit to His will. Believing He knows whats best and knowing that when i do His will I’m living for eternity and not momentary pleasure or comfort. There are some things I “gave up” to live this way but what I’ve gained is much more. I can tend to wear a “sacrifice” badge of honor and thus feel as though i’m due certain things: health, a pat on the back, obedient children. When the truth is that this is my reasonable service and what i really deserve is death *sigh.
I don’t live this out perfectly, i battled today with control – wanted my kids to do what i want them to do when i want them to do it. I lay down my right to control my kids. Its silly to think i can anyway.
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8
Christ laid aside his right to comfort, respect, honor, justice, understanding and even life. He did that for his children, for us, for me. He set the example.
He gaveH is life for me.
I give mine back to Him.
Not easy, but reasonable – act of worship
What rights are you clinging to?