Hey guys, sorry for the lack of posts lately but things have been crazy busy. I’m learning that some times its good just to break away from the normal non-stop routine to rest. Things have been shifting and changing with a new job and all the adjustment that brings. It truly leaves me thankful for God’s grace.
John Bevere has one of my favorite definitions of grace as simply being, “God’s nature at work in us that empowers us to live a life that pleases God.” What that means on the surface is that God’s grace is what gives me the wisdom/ability to do whatever it is He has called me to do. I am experiencing this growing in me more and more each day. It’s easy to often get use to the grace that we enjoy as Christians. The key to walking in this in an attitude of thankfulness. For when we are aware of just how much He has done and is doing we stay keenly aware of His grace. Thankfulness is something we lack as Americans. I have learned the hard way the consequences of unthankfulness.
I encourage you to take a second and take an inventory of what God is doing in your life; be thankful and then live life in an extraordinary way! Live life in a way that pleases God, full of faith, and a heart of thankfulness towards Him and what He is doing!
I don’t know about you but I have found that often God will place me around people that “just rub me the wrong way.” It’s not that these people are just that extreme opposite but the fact that they are exactly like me. I have found the very things that have “rubbed me the wrong way” about that person is also in me. In these reflections, God has been showing me who I am.
God has been doing major surgery on me as of lately in the area of offense. I am seeing the offenses I have once held, even against family members, have come from unmet expectations that I had of them. I held them to a standard that they failed to live up to and because we are most easily hurt by the ones we love the most (family and friends) offense takes root. While I am working on my end of things and on resolving this area in my life I am seeing my reflection in others and it surprises me.
Here in those moments I have the realization of “I used to be like that?” and I thank God for the change He is working in me because now I can help others along the same path. Am I perfect at this or any area? No, far from it but I will do the best I can on my end to be the man of God He has called me to be. That starts by seeing my reflection and changing the man in the mirror. Maybe it’s just me but have you ever experienced this? Where have you seen your reflection?
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(For more info on the subject of offense read John Bevere’s “The Bait of Satan;” it will change your life…it did mine)