I have always thought surrender and sacrifice is a battle against God’s will vs. my own will. It’s like a constant fight until…
Surrender and sacrifice is an invitation of my God to Himself. It’s never about my will fighting against his will. It’s an invitation to draw near to him. When I say yes, I see him more and more.
The gospel is more than just conversion, it’s an invitation to live the kingdom life right here right now.
Nature continues to bloom. They know nothing about human calendar or holidays or the pandemic. They go by their seasons.
Early morning walks and seeing these majestic wonders of nature made me think about two things:
+ God is creative and so I am creative however creativity is manifested – through words, the works of my hands, or simply just being me, not a try-hard false version of myself
+ God works in seasons and not according to our calendars. We think it might be too late but God says it’s now. We may think it’s too early but God says it’s time.
God’s go, not yet & now are not bound by calendars, but by his seasons.
May we discern him & hear his voice in our seasons and not by our calendars. Amen.
Imagine with me being the disciples who did not know what we know now.
Sunday is coming. But first, Saturday.
The in-between, the liminal space where darkness screams, silence is deafening, and waiting seems nothing.
All hope is lost. There is only sadness to the highest degree. But they stopped and practiced Sabbath and rested in grief and uncertainty.
Sometimes we need to feel and experience the dark places, walk through it instead of escape it. Because it is in the in-between, in the liminal spaces, that we are being prepared to welcome the Light.
The disciples didn’t know then what we know now – darkness lasts only through the night because Light comes in the morning.
And when it is the darkest that Light shines the brightest. Sunday is coming. But first, Saturday.
Confession 1: I used to see the value of people based on their skillsets and performance. If they can do the job, they’re important.
Confession 2: I used to see people as tasks to complete as if it’s my job to change them. I’ll tire myself to persuade them to change. When they do, I give myself a pat on the back as if it was my good job they changed.
See, people are souls and they are human beings. Their value is in who they are not in what they do.
Projects have a starting date and an ending date. Just because people do not change to my perspective doesn’t mean I stop loving them. Sometimes it takes a lifetime to love them.
Discipleship is spiritual formation, not task completion.
“So I give you now a new commandment: Love each other just as much as I have loved you. For when you demonstrate the same love I have for you by loving one another, everyone will know that you’re my true followers.” John 13:34-35 TPT
Father, help us to love one another. Amen
You have permission to pivot.
God has set a surprising opportunity right in front of you, one that’s easy to overlook if we don’t take the time to slow down. In fact, you may even mistake it as something to avoid because it requires you make a hard decision.
Maybe it’s a change of vision, a change of pace, a change of course? You know in your heart what it is. But it’s scary.
Pivoting is scary because we prefer predictability. But a life of faith is never about predictability. It is why it’s called faith.
God still has a feast for you in the middle of all these uncertainties. Don’t settle where you are. Be willing to step out of your comfort zone and take risks.
Yes, it takes courage! It takes embracing change. But it will also mature you and strengthen your faith.
So, consider this your permission to pivot. Change your pace to change your course.
Even if pivoting means changing the vision and slowing down so you can build at Jesus’ feet.
Because I just did.
Will you step into the pivot?
What is God telling you to pivot from?
What do you have to do pivot?
Raise your hand if you’re like me – gung ho about Myers-Briggs, Enneagram, 5Voices, DISC, spirituality types, leadership assessments, spiritual gifts tests, StrengthsFinder, etc.
Raise your hand the second time if you’re like me who used to glory in my rare personality as if I’m one special breed of a human being, or magnify what I can do because these are my strengths but hide away my weaknesses, or refuse to do something because it’s not within my strengths when in fact I just really don’t want to do it or because I think I am too good for it.
Here’s the truth though – these assessments were never made to compare us with each other, these assessments were made so we can complement each other.
We have been instructed in the Bible to serve one another, build each other, love one another. There are so many one-anothers in the Bible. I firmly believe these assessments were made for self-awareness and so that we can have a discerning mind in how we can wisely relate to others.
You see, these assessments along with our spiritual gifts are not to raise ourselves above others nor is it a way to excuse or limit us. The assessments are for our self-awareness and the gifts are for service. It’s not about us because when we understand ourselves, we can better understand others. And when we know our gifts, it is so that we can serve and build others up. We are in error when we think otherwise.
And dare I say, when we magnify these things in how we do things, it’s also our insecurities being loud.
Here’s what I encourage you to do – discover your calling because God will sharpen your gifting. Don’t be gung ho on your strengths, focus on God who provides you with courage and strength. Talk less about your personality, talk more about the Person of Jesus and his personality because it’s not about us, it’s about Christ.
And at the end of the day, self-awareness will not do it all we still need an actual person to point us to our blind spots so we can pursue humility. Don’t get me wrong. I’m still all about personality assessments and gifts tests and StrengthsFinders and anything related. I find it fascinating and fun, but it’s no longer consuming me the way it did.