In seasons of newness. In seasons of vulnerability. In seasons of excitement and of joy. And in the seasons of trial and insecurity. Hold on. Ask for "More of Him, less of me". Allow yourself to be embraced by the One most dear to you. Be content with what you have. Be grateful. Be hungry for Him. Let people care for you - valuing and placing honour on you. Let the Word of God define and shape the framework of your life. Don't compete. Be blessed. Find your identity in Christ.
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
- Matthew 25:3-12 MSG
Everyday we are encouraged to lift one another - to place value on others - to be a servant, to look for more of Him and less of us, to be selflessly seeking Him, to be in community and fellowship, and to be living #onmission as the hands and feet of Jesus.
But what a good note this Scripture is regardless of where you are: a housewife, a mom, a uni or a high school (or elementary) student; in your workplaces, in your errands, and in your hopes and dreams. Our lives are so much bigger than ourselves. As was told to us in our Communication class - and don't miss this - when you speak to one person, you are really speaking to the thousands of people that surround them and make up their lives - there past, their present, and their future; those close to them and those in passing. Your words affect the generations. And your actions often speak louder than words.
I need this reminder just as much as the next person. May our words encourage and build up. May our thoughts not be distracted or detracting from God, but may our words, our actions, our deeds, our hopes, our desires, set ourselves and all those around us on a course that points us directly to Him. He who it's all about!