There is a song that says, “Where would I be if not for your grace, carrying me through every season. Where would I be of not for your grace. You came to my rescue and I want to thank you for your grace”.
This last week I have found myself angry and hurt. Frustrated and sad. A whole host of emotions, as my community deals with the second mass shooting in the last seven months. I am angry that the shooter killed four innocent people. I am angry that someome knew his past mental instability and didn’t respond. I am angry just because Deebony doesn’t get to walk across the graduation stage in three weeks. I am angry that Taurean will never work another day. I am angry that Joe’s mom had to take a long plane ride to identify her hardworking son body. I am angry that Akilah will never give us the hip hop sound that we so need and want. I am angry. I am angry God because I am angry.
We are a community that is gracefully broken. Gracefully broken. In this moment all I know to do is trust your plan. I don’t like it. Can i say that it feels like the plan stinks? It stinks. Travis took a piece of all of us that day. It stinks. Grace though. God why do you keep reminding me of grace? God’s Grace is not a sentiment but a power. Grace, as with everything in God, is given with purpose and intention.
The only remedy to the pain we are dealing with is the grace of God. To receive the grace of God, all we have to do is humble ourselves and tell God what we need Him to do and receive His grace. Honestly,God may not take away the hurtful situation. But He can and will walk with us through it. The bible says in 2nd Corinthians 12:9 My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak”. While we are looking at the reason behind life let us focus on purpose. God’s grace to us in our pain is that our pain is not without purpose. God can work through it to make us more like Jesus. Today, I look to you God for our purpose in pain.
God while on spiritual life support breathe for us.
Many times when people die there is usually an obituary. It details when they were born, when they died, how many children, where they worked, their hobbies even. The obituary describes in few short sentences who they were. In the bible Paul thought about the end of his life, his legacy to the world was, ” I havefought the good fight” he had virtually clothed
himself in righteousness. He had “finished the race”, he ensured that in the process of fighting that he was neither suspended nor disheartened in the track field of life and ministry. Most importantly, he had “kept the faith”—remaining true, committed, and loyal to the One who rescued him from sin and darkness.
If we pay attention to Paul’s statement, we don’t hear him talk about the places he had been or what his educational status was, or his letters to the church. However, his legacy was-faithfulness. Whew!!!that alone is praiseworthy. Because of thy faithfulness. On this journey, I challenge you to seek what God has for you. A few points to ponder:
* Will your current choices in life lead to the legacy you want left behind?
* Do you need to make some changes today to move you back toward a legacy of faithful service to Christ?
*How will your obituary read? I encourage each and everyone of you today to live out the legacy God has created you for.
Colossians 3:2-4, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
So many times in life we dream of children, marriage, financial independence etc. But what happens when we build our lives around the temporary. So often we will link with someone and few weeks later we are playing house. He/She is the best thing since sliced bread. Now after 8 weeks of knowing Him/Her, we are having a baby. Oh, we have longed for this day. We are excited to announce our baby. But what happens when the thrill is gone? We are reminded of the continuous stand of one night for the next 18 years. We have now connected our energy to an electric socket that was blown before we ever started.
Beloved,it is time to stop “lusting” on the temporary. I often hear people say, “I’m trying to find me”, Well Beloved the word in Matthew 10:39 says, “If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.” Viktor Frankl, a Jewish psychiatrist, once stated, “You cannot control what other people do to you. You cannot control what other people do around you. But you can control how you respond.” Today, I challenge you to align yourself with the thoughts of Christ. Start today living and expecting greater. Stop living on temporary time. Ask yourself, “What is distracting you or influencing you to focus on the temporary and not your purpose?
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Breathe just breathe. Take in what God has in store.
Welcome to my blogspot. While on Spiritual life support-Breathe for me God. I pray something is said or done for you to resurrect the beautiful spirit you are. It is ok to allow God breathe for you. In the meantime let’s connect what God has for you. Selah