People seem to be letting me down lately. Or maybe if I am more honest, I feel like God is not doing His good God thing. All that Good, Good Father singing is coming back to bite me. It doesn’t feel so good when people seem to be letting you down. The let downs trigger up the lonely places in my brain and the lie “you are all alone” lands like pie on my face. I know that God has made me for the hard and holy stuff, but nobody told me how “lonely” it would feel in the hard and holy.
I am positive that God is allowing all of this on purpose. For His good purposes. And I know this will pass as I keep my eyes fixed on Him and His word, my ears open to hear His celebration song He certainly is singing over me, and my faith stirred up with the remembrance that I don’t have to feel His goodness to know that He is good. Happy feelings aren’t the apex experience of my faith. I choose to die to self-pity and live for Christ, the hope of glory in me.
When we feel we have been let down by others, it is easy to want to shut down and shut off. After all, why leave ourselves vulnerable and exposed? Won’t we just get hurt again?
Loving with our whole heart is risky. There’s no doubt about it. We will get hurt. But by God’s grace, we start to understand that just like we have broken places where wrong thinking and living breed, so do other people. We are all yearning for a greater grace in the letdown places. Each of us is a conduit of God’s mercy, and even more so when we find it hard to love. His grace enables us to move towards Him and one another, instead of away. It is a true miracle work that only The Holy Spirit can do in us.
So, here’s to pressing further into God; his character and His heart. I won’t stop. Can’t stop.
I won’t stop seeking His ways, even if I don’t understand them while standing in the middle of them.
God promises us that over time, as we saturate our lives in more of Him, seismic shifts will occur. Where bitterness once reigned, grace will get bigger.
God is our Faithful Father who helps us to love like He does.
This week’s #RevingTheWord podcast is titled “Death To Self”. Lace up your shoes and head out for a walk, run, bike, or hike. Grab your smartphone and earbuds, then press play. Let God pick you up as you die to yourself. The Good New is this; nobody who dies in Christ stays dead. You will finish this workout with resurrection power pumping through your veins. And when you do, be sure to let us know and then pass on the love to someone else who needs this kind of hope.
And finally, you have just five days left to join the Clean Hearting faith THEN food and fitness challenge. Any donation amount gets you in to this 30-day challenge chalk full of goodness, designed to train your heart first so your body can fall in line. If you are craving more freedom to love God, have a healthy and whole love for yourself, and for others, don’t wait! This is your time to train!
If you want to learn more about the Clean Hearting Challenge, here’s a 10- minute Facebook LIVE I did just the other day.
My team and I are happy to answer any questions you might have about the challenge. Feel free to leave them below.