But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. — 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
By Sandy Jones
After a long, cold and wet winter it appears that spring has finally arrived. The Monday after Easter actually hit 80 degrees. As someone who detests being cold, I was in heaven, even if it was a windy day. And immediately we’re back in the 50’s for our highs. It’s like the weather can’t decide what season it is from day to day.
Sometimes our walk with the Lord can feel just like this. On fire to serve Him one day, and barely time to even pray the next.
As a leader I frequently remind my team how much I appreciate each and every one of them. Not because that’s what good leaders are supposed to do, but because I genuinely appreciate them. Our team is extremely small, and I wear many, many hats – so anything that I can delegate without concern is a blessing.
Recently I stopped to examine my prayer life. I tell the people in my life how much I appreciate them, but do I tell God how much I appreciate Him? Or am I reverting back to old habits, reducing Him to a mere order taker? ‘Hey God, it’s me again, could you please give me this, or do that for me?’
Yes, He wants to bless His children, but I feel that when I reduce Him to mere order taker, I’m not standing on Who He really is. Whether it’s that I’m too busy, or simply allowing life’s situations to distract me, I’m not focusing on GOD.
Am I reflecting on the fact that He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End? Remembering that He spoke the world into being? He is merciful, loving and kind. He is also a jealous God. He is the Lord of Peace; Lord God Almighty; The Most High God; my Provider; my Comforter; my Strength and my Shield. Without Him I am mere flesh and bone, without purpose or destination.
Again I have to ask myself – Am I glorifying Him?
You are reading our 59th edition of Christian Living Magazine. Longtime readers may recall that I started the magazine for another publisher; subsequently bought it from him; and in 2018 we became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit ministry. This was the perfect solution since a 501(c)(3) nonprofit is its own entity, meaning no one owns it – we acknowledge it’s fully God’s. This magazine, our website, our social media, our radio show, and podcast are all His. It is with pure joy that my team and I get to serve Him in this way.
Please know I’m fully human. I slip up. I make mistakes. I get discouraged, and overwhelmed. I’m living proof that God is still calling the least of these.
On days when this crazy, upside down world gets to me, I remember that God knew these days were coming before the beginning of time, I recall that He chose this time for me to be here, that He’ll equip and carry me through it all.
I’m comforted by the fact that since He is, was, and is to come, He’s also already on the other side of all of this madness. When I focus these facts, I’m able to relax and fully enjoy the life He’s blessed me with.
I follow Toby Mac on social media, and loved a recent meme that said: Don’t let go of your faith because of what you have yet to see. Remember, He is still writing your story. TobyMac#SpeakLife
It’s true. May I be so bold as to ask – what is God writing in your story today?
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