Ahhh, the seasons of life are truly like sitting on a serene and peaceful beach with a tornado spinning behind you, a beautiful sunset to the west, and a hurricane coming ashore. Why must it be so complicated to simply live peacefully with one another? My mind has been spinning over the last couple of weeks trying to make sense of so much hurt, tragedy, anger, and yet also see the beautiful innocence in a child’s eyes as we prepare for the holidays. Today, this minute, my prayer is to find the good in each person and situation I cross paths with on my journey. Seeking what is righteous and good, for the right purposes, is my personal challenge. I need help with this and have prayed for guidance. As always, God’s timing is perfect and comes in all shapes and forms…even social media.
Scrolling through Instagram and Twitter today, I see where Christine Caine (www.christinecaine.com) has posted a “spot-on” entry I’m sure was specifically for me. 😉
“It was their own murmuring, grumbling, complaining, fear, doubt & negativity that kept the children of Israel out of the Promised Land. Their enemies couldn’t stop them. The devil couldn’t stop them. They stopped themselves. Guard YOUR heart. Guard YOUR mouth. Guard YOUR eyes.
In order to step into the promises of God for your life, you will have to take personal responsibility for your life. Constantly. You cannot change the past, but your history does not have to define your legacy. I’m living proof of that. Make what Jesus did for you, bigger than what “they” did to you, said about you, said to you, didn’t say to you, didn’t do for you. If you want to possess the promises of God for your life, then choose to: Let go of offenses. Forgive people completely. Guard your heart/eyes/ears/mouth. Don’t let a toxic heart destroy you. Let God be your vindicator. Adjust some expectations of people. Take your disappointments to God. Grieve losses thoroughly. Accept the end of a season/relationship/partnership/dream. Move on but don’t harden your heart. Stay open to new possibilities. Step into new opportunities. Anticipate new experiences. Welcome new adventures. Trust God wholeheartedly.
Make sure you: Don’t get stuck. Don’t get bitter. Don’t get angry. Don’t get isolated. Don’t get offended. Don’t get fearful. Don’t get anxious. Don’t get proud. Don’t get vengeful. Don’t get arrogant. Don’t get rude.
You will only hurt your own future and cause many others unnecessary pain. ‘Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live. (Deuteronomy 30:19)'”