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.
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!
This morning I read and re-read this passage which states “And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”
Whenever we have a challenge, it is never, ever punishment but is only the opportunity to know God better and our relationship to Him! There can be no inheritance of family weaknesses or traits when we truly understand everything is to glorify God. So often, we want to look for a cause in the human scene and that search only leads to confusion. By keeping our focus on God/Good, what we need to know is always revealed to us. Man can never be separated from God.
This morning while at my desk studying and praying before starting my day, I glance out my back window. There I see doves playing in the bird bath, squirrels scampering about and deer running by. This scene is absolutely captivating as I realize it has not changed, probably for years and years, but my “seeing” has changed. Not too long ago, I would have never seen this due to “busyness” but it has always been here. What else have I overlooked? II Corinthians 9:8 states “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:” Today, I will be aware of what I am seeing and how I am looking.
Recently I was thinking about small children dressed as ghost and goblins for Halloween. When we open the door to pass out candy, we even feign fear and surprise at whatever costume that is before us. But never, do we believe for an instant that the child wearing that costume is what he/she is portraying. As we think of an adult with an unpleasant character trait, shouldn’t we see that as not belonging to God’s precious creation?
Ephesians 1:32 states “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Today, I will not be fooled by anything ungodlike belonging to one of His children, including myself. That will include even a physical ailment!
The very instant we experience adversity, doubt about God and His goodness come flooding into our consciousness. Actually, at that exact time, we can turn from fear and know God is just working His purpose out. It seems so easy to turn to discouragement but the Christ, Truth is just waiting for us to replace our thoughts about self and replace them with thoughts about God and our relationship to Him. “Turn the other cheek” which could just mean look at the situation from a different angle.
Isaiah 55:8-9 reads “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declare the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” That verse is self-explanatory to me. Don’t trust my thoughts unless they are from God. If we are entertaining negativity of any sort, we know that is NOT from Him and then, we simply and humbly ask to see what He sees, which is always His perfect child. He also works out every detail and takes you all the way! Not partially, but all the way.
This morning as I was working with the term “self-immolation”, the thought came to me of all self-pity, justification, righteousness, absorption and on and on. To self-immolate means to kill off pity, self-righteousness, absorption, etc. Then as I researched more about the word “immolate”, I saw it also means sacrifice and/or blessing. This was so interesting to me because when I truly listen to God, I remove all sense of “self” and the blessing appears.
Philippians 4:4-6 states “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.” I can only hear God when I am mentally on bended knee with no sense of self and this occurs by putting God first.