As Your love, in wave after wave crashes over me (8)
As Your love, in wave after wave crashes over me (8)
We are deeply loved by God, but central? fundamental? the answer is no. The world doesn’t move around us. Our confort is not God’s priority and if it is, something has gone wrong. If we are the center of everything, how do we explain life challenges as death, sickness, economy crises or earthqueakes? God centered life works; and it rescue us from a life that doesn’t work. Life makes sense when we accept our place and purpose because God loves us and His plans are always best for us.
We can look around and see just mess and hardships, but when we look to God and His glory, the perspective changes. We need God’s glory, the strength from God to keep going. When we want to see God’s glory, we want to see everything that God is. God doesn’t shows His glory for His own good, but ours.
God has control over everything. His knowledge directs his infinite force. Sometimes people rely on knowledge over God, but we can find humility by seeking God, He is merciful even when we don’t deserve it.
We can face different hard situations in life, sickness, heartbreaks, death.. God takes everything and gives us in exchange a big reward, eternal life. Life is just a moment, and the reward is worth the wait, so we need to keep trusting God through everything.
God’s love has no end, and saying it’s not about me doesn’t mean I’m not loved. If everything was about me, then everything depends on me, because God loves me, It’s not about me.
The call for all christians is:
1 Corinthians 10:31
”So if you eat, or if you drink, or if you do anything, do it for the glory of God.”
- Matthew 5:16
”In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.”
”It is the same with you. You heard the true message, the Good News about the way God saves you. When you heard that Good News, you believed in Christ. And in Christ, God put his special mark on you by giving you the Holy Spirit that he promised. 14 The Spirit is the first payment that guarantees we will get all that God has for us. Then we will enjoy complete freedom as people who belong to him. The goal for all of us is the praise of God in all his glory.”
The message it’s about Him. Doesn’t matter what people think about me, but what people think about God by observing what I do, how I speak and so on. That’s how we should reflect Him throught us.
Salvation shows God’s mercy. Salvation glorifies the Saviour, not the saved. Legalism doesn’t reject Christ, they trust Christ, but they don’t trust Christ only. We are saved by grace and not for what we do. Legalism takes away the joy. My salvation is about Him. God doesn’t need us to make His job. We are timely messengers, ambassadors by His goodness and not by our intelligence or actions.
My fights are about Him. The hard things we can face in this world are just a little part for what God is saving for us, still if we have issues in life, we have them because it has a purpose for God’s glory. We have to live with faith and trusting in God, to reflect God’s glory even through our hardships.
My success is about Him. Some people when they’re successful in life, they forget what brought them into that success. Success make people forget. But seeing that we exist to give honor to His name, even we are successful we need to remember that we have to glorify God through that success. Doesn’t matter about our language or what we know, or what we may have, what matter is our life style and that a God centered life is the right way to live, because we’ve been created with the purpose to bring honor to Him.
There are times when we simply get tired of waiting, we start to lose hope for different reasons, we think God forgot about what He promised, or just when people tell us or try to make us think ”you’re crazy”, ”nothing will happen”, sometimes they just feel pity for us because they don’t know what faith is. But we do, so don’t worry about them.
Yesterday I was reading a post from a christian blog called Desiring God, a great resource for daily meditation of God’s word 🙂 and I took from there two things of what we should think about when we’re feeling like this in our wait:
‘You gave me only a short life. Compared to you, my whole life is nothing. The life of every human is like a cloud that quickly disappears. ”
”Suppose one of you has a servant who has been working in the field, plowing or caring for the sheep. When he comes in from work, what would you say to him? Would you say, ‘Come in, sit down and eat’?
Of course not! You would say to your servant, ‘Prepare something for me to eat. Then get ready and serve me. When I finish eating and drinking, then you can eat.’
The servant should not get any special thanks for doing his job. He is only doing what his master told him to do.
It is the same with you. When you finish doing all that you are told to do, you should say, ‘We are not worthy of any special thanks. We have only done the work we should do.’”
”And God can give you more blessings than you need, and you will always have plenty of everything. You will have enough to give to every good work.”
Truth is, He owes us nothing, yet He has promised to give us everything we need.
”My God will use his glorious riches to give you everything you need. He will do this through Christ Jesus.”
”Wait for the Lord’s help. Be strong and brave and wait for the Lord’s help.”
We need to keep trusting knowing our place and keep doing what God wants us to do. When it seems that nothing’s happening, God is still working on us and for the purpose He has for us. 🙂
There really is more to this life than you’ve been told.
We’ve been demanding our way since day one …
“I want a spouse that makes me happy and coworkers that always ask my opinion.”
“I want weather that suits me and traffic that helps me and government that serves me.”
Self-promotion. Self-preservation. Self-centeredness …
“It’s all about me.”
They all told us it was, didn’t they? And we took them up on it. We thought self-celebration would make us happy …
But believing that has created chaos — noisy homes, stress-filled businesses, cutthroat relationships. We’ve chased so many skinny rabbits, says Max Lucado, that we’ve missed the fat one: the God-centered life.
If you want to shift into high gear with purpose, this is it: life makes sense when we accept our place! Our pleasures, our problems, our gifts and talents … when they’re all for the One who created us, we suddenly gain what we’ve been missing and find what we’ve been seeking. “
This book is about giving God the right place, in a world where we’ve been told that we are the ones that matter, in a world of people living in competitions and trying to gain attention and recognition..where we’re guided by our own nature, which says ego is a normal thing, and that’s why we are not really happy in the end. The goal is not our own glory, and trying to make life ”only about ourselves” pushes happiness out of our reach. For some people troubles of life seem to be very BIG and serious, because they think that life is about themselves.
Sometimes we are out of place, thinking we have the right to be there, but actually, we’ve been created just to show God’s glory through us, not to glorify ourselves. Just like the moon.. we can be like the moon that only shines because of the sun, God’s the sun and we are the moon. Without the sun, the moon is only a rock, it wouldn’t shine without the sun and it has been created with that purpose, so it is happy to bring light every night.
2 Corinthians 3:18
So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
Today I’ve decided to write about one of my favourite topics. I confess this is the first post I write like this, buuutt there’s always a first time for everything and maybe, some of you need to hear something about this. 🙂
We’ve always heard a phrase or two about courage, in the social networks there are a tons of inspiring phrases images, sometimes we read them or not, but we like them because someone we know posted it, or maybe it was a good looking image (graphicly speaking). We like all kinds of things like that, and we rarely think about the true meaning, we read, but we don’t fully understand, we don’t give a deep thought to these things until one day.. Often, times come when we find ourselves in need and we have to face a hard moment in our lives, the great storm is coming and we know it’s getting closer.
That’s when the this cliché phrase ”take courage” appears again and then you get it.. It’s not only ”quotating” nice verses that sound good..but something deeper., it is a possitive advice, but what does it actually mean?
Courage, which is synonymous with ”staying strong and healthy”; and ”quality”. Courage is associated with heroism, gallantry and courage. When a person is brave, he manages to overcome his fears or doubts and acts decisively and firmly.
Now we need to compare to see what does it mean. I think one of the greatest examples of courage is Jesus. He came and died for us, even when the picture wasn’t very positive for Him, He trusted God and obeyed Him, even when He was afraid, in the end He seemed for people to have lost, everyone thought He died, but God had other plans for this, and he came back in resurection, a great victory that had the most important purpose in all history.
What I can see from it is:
What keeps you going? There’s always something you need for this, you need strenght and in times of trouble sometimes we don’t have any. In this case, that something is God. God is our strong tower, the base of our life, our rock, our shield..He’s the one who always helps us through everything, He gives us strength and hope to fight.
He’s the rock we’re standing on, no storm can come and destroy our house.Matthew 7:24-25
We need to come to God and tell Him about our problem. Bible says we need to pray in all times. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Why to trust God? Because He loves us and He knows what’s best for us, He knows we’re in pain, in difficulty, He already knows. He wants us to be through everything for a purpose, our own personal growing. Good works in all things. Romans 8:28.
“and without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing unto him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seek after him.” Hebrews 11:6.
When God tells you a truth for your life or comands you to do something, you need to keep trusting Him and believe. – not only trusting, believing.-
God doesn’t work as we expect to, so He often asks us to obey in things we find hard to do, but that in the end it helps us to improve in a lot of areas of our lives.
Faith is a -believe and action- thing. We need to walk in trust, believing and also making acts of faith. As the sick woman with the bleeding: Mark 5:28-29.
Sometimes, faith is also waiting.. Waiting for the right time in which we will see what we were expecting to see.
And we shall not believe just for God to bless us, because we’ve been already blessed, He needs us to believe it because He is God, and because we will see what we’re waiting for.
We can’t believe the rain will stop by watching at it and being sad.
We need to keep our sight in Jesus, and in what He told us, His promises never fail. If you have to wait, don’t worry. God’s timing is perfect and you will see things in the time God has them for you. Ecclesiastes 3.
Enthusiasm is the exaltation of the spirit that is produced by something that captivates or is admired. It’s most remote origin is found in the Greek language.
For the Greeks, enthusiasm meant ”to have a God within themselves”.
The enthusiastic person, therefore, was the one guided by the strength and wisdom of God, capable of making things happen.
We need to open the door God’s joy in our lives.
“The joy of the Lord is your strength” Nehemiah 8:10
God gives us joy because He is joyful. He is the source of joy, just as He is the source of love, of truth, of mercy, and so on. Joy is both a description of God and a description of what He gives.
Jesus told His disciples they would have great joy. The joy they would experience was first and foremost His joy, a joy into which they would also enter.
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full” John 15:11.
“But now I come to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy made full in themselves” John 17:13.
We may also have times of sadness, it happens sometimes.. but our stronghold is the Lord. He’s always there to listen to us, when we cry and when we laugh.
No matter what is happening you can have God’s joy and it can be your strength in the hard times, so there’s no need to be sad. We should rejoice in the Lord, because He’s making something new within us, transforming and changing you into a better person.
When I think about courage I also think about one character created by Tolkkien, Bilbo Baggins. He’s the most ordinary Hobbit, really confortable in his house with his tea and meals.. He never thought that he would be able to face the terrible things that in the future were awaiting. He always thought he wouldn’t ever in a million years get that far and accomplish with the mission that was assigned to him, but he did. In the most hard situations he was kind and he had faith.
I think things this way: God is gandalf, and He asks us to go on a andventure with him.
We choose to stay at the Shire in our confort zone, or to go and risk everything, to live the most greater adventure in our lives. 🙂
We have always a God, and we can be sure that when he calls you to believe in something, He’s under control and everything will be ok.
With God’s protection and guidance we should be able to conquer fears and live a life full of courage. It is God that commands us to have courage, for having courage means having faith and confidence in Him. Through scripture we can find the courage God desires us to have.
”Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, because the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
There are things we can’t forget.. memories that stay, just like a silent night, when thoughts come up to the mind and it’s inevitably to fall in a thoughtful game.
Can’t help to miss, when we look back in time we know all of those memories were somehow sad, the reflection of a memory and street lights in every puddle in the road .. But above all that, we always value the good things and think of them as a good excuse for something that happened that is worth thinking of..and that’s what we miss, the good feelings and good friends..the stories, the nights spent with them and sometimes a good memory of a love we couldn’t keep.. When this happens, sometimes, it’s too late. It’s when we have to empty our luggage, to leave behind some things to save space for the new ones, and we are sure they are going to be better.. but then, suddenly we keep missing. Is it possible to find better moments for the future? Trying not to think about the past is difficult, because that’s what we are and we gave away a big part of our lives, our hearts were being spontaneous about everything, trusting every single word and always aware for what he cared about.. also making mistakes for the first time, hoping to be accepted and forgiven just like we do.. but at this point we realize that it wasn’t possible.
Green grass, blue skies, clouds, going out, going home, holding hands, the warm of huging, the secret thoughts we have while looking at someone, undefined kisses.. nothing has been the same since then.. now I close my eyes and imagine a bright future. I know in the end everything will turn out alright, because I have my trust that things find their way back home again. Meanwhile, I keep missing and thinking, walking with my thoughts, sometimes nostagic, sometimes positive and too little of sad. When you have a great support, the light that shines in you, the way is up ahead, you can keep walking because one day you’ll find the gift you’ve been expecting. Love is always something we all need, to know how to wait for the perfect timing, to know things will change, to know we’ll find what makes us feel completely free again.
Seeking the light, love will come through and with it comes hope. Hope for the best for your future.
Missing will always be the memories and the desire of your heart. Like a dream, waiting for someone to make him true, hope, hoping for someone to believe in him, love, waiting for someone to look at him and embrace forgiveness, and to let him take place in their destiny.
I have always thought that having a nice life is to keep it simple, going out with people, doing a lot of stuff just for fun, and.. just that, “being happy”.. but there are days when days don’t want to be, the sun shines but still there are grey clouds all around, like a weird and unusual combination of nostalgic memories and happy colours, like the day is missing the night and it’s trying to send love signs but they never arrive because they can never be together..a sunset that doesn’t want to happen, just because the sun doesn’t want to say goodbye.
I felt the same, the same distance, missing what I thought would be eternal, hoping for a love that’s not there anymore, remembering things that have no repetition.. feelings are like a roller coaster with no end, with no one to stop them.. It reminded me of my first heartbreak, the only thing I could remember was “This is the worst feeling”, I still don’t know how some people can live with that, but today I feel I was taught something.
Caving in my own thoughts, I realized that music was also sad today, but with a little of happy. The food it was salty, but it was also a little sweet..suddenly I had happy and sad thoughts constantly, one by one.. Trying to avoid them, trying not to miss too much and to run away from tears of sadness, I thought that it would be a good day to take a walk instead, but sometimes things don’t go the way you want them.. circumstances seem to be always a wall we need to climb while we fight agains 1000 monkeys screaming and 56 stupid sad thoughts written in the walls..is not too easy and when you find out you can’t, you break and finally tears fill up a big pool with heart shape you have in your forgotten backyard.. sometimes being pushed out of that place it’s helpful or we can take long time to recover.. the most important thing while you’re feeling like you don’t have idea what, is to keep walking. No matter what, no matter how hard..so I found out myself just walking in the street nights, as if I had a plan.. walking with no destination, like saying I know I’m in pain, but I also know I’m not staying. Even when the night grew darker I kept walking, my sister was also with me. It started to rain and there was no one in the streets, just few people like thirsty zombies, walking slowly to drink the raindrops or just to get wet.
There was a battle: me against reality, so I decided I give in. The night was dark and raindrops were already falling in my head, my hair went wet and my purple shirt too.
Where was I supposed to run? Was I going to resist what I deserve? That’s when I thought, maybe life is how we take it, even when we know it’s game.. sometimes life just wants you to get wet, is not always to smile with the sun, so I bought an ice cream and kept walking in the rainy night. I was no longer sad, not happy, just enjoying the ice cream underneath the deep dark sky who cried raindrops.