Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and depart from evil (NKJV).
In the search for peace, our troubled hearts often cast shadows of doubt that may seem impenetrable. It’s as if our weaknesses takes form and mockingly follow us through this maze called life. They sit in corners with whispering thoughts, snickering at every move as if to discourage our efforts. They align themselves with the powerful, capturing their attention and influencing their decisions. We often feel powerless against them, giving in to their discrete operations designed to gain trust when trust in not offered. Their smiles are countered by the darkness in their eyes, even as rays of sunlight bounces from them. Their hearts are unaffected by your emotional response, their minds unwavering from their intent, and their words penetrate you one letter at a time. Their presence seems to slow the ticking on the wall as the day drags on with little regard to your immediate needs. They gain strength from your ignorance of their will and end their day well, taking with them your stolen spirit, your will, and hope for a better tomorrow.
Cast aside doubt and you will have won the battle; listen not to the discouraging whispers but to the voice of reason, to the small still voice that says I can and will, through Christ who strengthens me. Stay the course, even when you fall behind, ignoring the snickering and see beyond their deceitful smiles. Create your own influence by proving your worth; demonstrate your abilities in everything you do by doing your best at all times and doing all to the glory of God. Keep your spirit high and they cannot steal it from you; return the smile but with reverence, reflecting the sunlight in its true form. Darkness can only survive where there is no light, be the light and your worst enemy, the one that tries to invade your being, will be no more. For greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).
Written 3/10/2010, modified 6/3/2014
A solemn expression, lade with images of broken hearts and troubled minds. A message on the cross, accompanied by grief and darkness; yet defeated, giving way to joyful songs and divine light.
A message often misunderstood, dismissed as foolishness to those who are perishing; but accepted as the power of God to those who are being saved (1 Corinthians 1:18); the provision of new manna for the believer, the new bread of life and cup of victory.
Borne of selflessness, love, and redemption; a divine act purposed for deliverance; the promise and fulfillment of a new day, uplifted hearts and minds.
So too must our sacrifices complement the work that was finished on the cross. Let our prayerful approach to contributing to the body of Christ cause our hearts to dance.
Rejoice in the gift of returning a portion of our blessings to the Provider; the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2).
In sacrificing, we deny ourselves for greater works of God’s glory. We deny ourselves so that we may glorify Christ. In sacrifice we find love; the love of God who gave his only Son; The love of a Shepherd who laid down his life for his flock; He who said “give and it will be given to you” (Luke 6:38).
Is our sacrifice too great for Christ, who said, “ask and it shall be given, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you”? (Matthew 7:7).
Is my sacrifice only for self or for the good works of His Kingdom? What am I sacrificing that hasn’t been given to me?