As I ponder real employment, I realize our only employment is to express our true identity which is Truth and Love in all that we do. It is to love God and others and to promote peace and harmony always. Social media comes to thought and in itself, is neither good nor bad but is a platform to do just that; promote Love and harmony. As we post in various ways, we need to ask ourselves what is our motive. Is it to glorify self or God? Do we keep count of the “likes” and comments? Are we careful not to get too “preachy” or talk God too much. Are we ashamed or concerned about opinions from others? Is it all about what others are going to think about us? (which is an impossible task anyway)
John 4:23-24 states “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” Today I will check my motive thoroughly and my thinking before posting anything.
My husband just came into my office to tell me that he had just read “The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.” This just resonated with me! Went even further in my thinking to having opinions of what is to come. How ridiculous! Then began thinking about often times I think I can handle things on my own and other times I need God. Actually, I always need Him and have no regret of the past or fear of the future when I stay close to Him.
Psalm 37:3-6 states ” Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like thee noonday sun.”
It is so freeing to know my opinion is really not ever needed.
So often people think if you look on the bright side of circumstances, you are in denial and a “Pollyanna”. This is so far from the Truth. A scientist once reported that the human eye only sees a fraction of a millionth to what surrounds. That tells me that I should not totally believe what I see; most likely I have missed something.
Then I think of the constancy of God/Love and know He is forever taking care of me. It matters not what is going on around me. Jeremiah 31:3 states “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love: I have drawn you with loving-kindness.'” When I begin my prayer knowing this, all things fall into place.
Today I began thinking of my childhood days taking piano lessons. Whenever I would hit the wrong notes, my teacher wouldn’t dwell on those mistakes, but show me the right notes that needed to be played. By doing this faithfully and practicing, there came harmony which was pleasant to the ears.
Whenever disharmony appears in my life, which road do I take? Do I replace the wrong notes with the correct ones or do I begin to complain and spiral downward forgetting the harmony I am seeking? The lower I go, the faster I slide until I replace all that fear with gratitude for God and know I have never, ever been separated from Him.
Ephesians 5:20 states “Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” When I do that, I soon recognize my Life as being harmonious!
Was reading about the famous magician, David Copperfield, who years ago tricked his audience to believe he could make the Statue of Liberty disappear and someone was explaining how that had happened. There were many distractions of the seats gradually turning, the very loud music and other theatricals. There was definitely an explanation. It is always about the distractions, whether they be physical, financial scares, relationship problem, etc. When our focus is on God/Good, all other fades away. Psalms 139:14 reads “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
This can never be understood if we concentrate on the illusion!
This morning I came across the above titled poem written by Louise Knight Wheatley years ago. It begins with her prayer asking for success, prosperity, friends, a nice home, luxury and joy. Many lines later and I am sure years later, it ends with
“Ah, Love divine, how empty was that prayer of other days! That which was once so fair,–Those flimsy baubles which the world calls joys Are nothing to me now but broken toys, outlived, outgrown. I thank Thee that I know those much-desired dreams of long ago, like butterflies, have had their summer’s day of brief enchantment, and have gone. I pray for better things.
Thou knowest, God above, My one desire now–Teach me to Love.”
As I read and reread that poem, I thought of my own prayers and how they have changed over the years and I humbly express so much gratitude for this spiritual growth.
A few days ago as I was sitting at my desk, a memory from over forty years ago which I have not thought of in that many years came up for me. My sons were very small and we were going on vacation to Washington, D. C. We didn’t use credit cards at the time and it looked like there was limited funds. The thing I remember most was my lack of concern and knew we would be provided for. The day before we left, we received a check in the mail for $300 from an insurance company that was an adjustment. In the early ’70’s $300 was a nice amount. Since then, I can see where my every human need has been met by Divine Love.
Psalm 27:13-14 states “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” There has never been a time when I have been separated from God and today, I humbly think on this.