Monday, August 3, 2009

It's Not About Me

Well, I almost forgot to post today! Since I've been doing this for over a year and a half, you would think it would be ingrained in my brain. Not my brain. I'm not sure anything is ingrained in it.

What a coincidence. When I first tried to write ingrained, I wrote indrained instead. Does that fit or what!!

Do you ever feel like you want to drain your life and start over? Maybe just one day, one year, or one decade. Maybe you would like to drain away your present circumstances, go back to better days. Days when you were happy. Days when there were not so many troubles. Days when your life was not filled with suffering, either physical or emotional.

I sometimes feel that way. But, then I remember God had this planned for me before the foundation of the world. Why would God do that? Why wouldn't he make my life easier, not harder? Two reasons.

1. He knows it's for my best. Now, I'm not a big proponent of hard times and suffering. Personally, I wish he had planned another way for me to grow. But, who am I to question the omnipotent God of the universe? He does all things well so I rejoice (mostly) in what he does.

2. This is the most important. IT'S NOT ABOUT ME. I think that is the problem most of us have. We think life revolves around us, our family, our needs. Really, that's not true. The truth is all things, our lives included, are about bringing glory to God and accomplishing his purposes.

God's purposes may lead us through dark waters; waters we would prefer not to tread. But, he will lead us to shore!

You who are just beginning your life in Christ, keep focused on the truth that your life, your circumstances, are about bringing glory to God. Then act accordingly.

Those of us who have been believers for some time need to be examples to those who may be treading the dark waters for the first time. May we all, at whatever stage we are in our Christian walk, surrender our lives to bring glory to God, no matter what he brings our way. Easier said than done!

Longing to live a life that brings glory to God, Gloria

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