Confession: I skipped class today…
“What? You did what, Sissy?” My mom is probably asking this question in her head and THEN wondering why in the world I would write about it. (Hi Mom! I love you ;) ) But here’s why…
“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature, and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy amidst the simple beauty of nature.”
Anne Frank was the wise, young woman that wrote these words, and this is basically what she’s saying. Whenever we get so consumed with our own problems/fears/worries, the best thing for us is to go to the place where we feel closet to God: nature.
While I am not suggesting that we skip work or class or a meeting whenever we feel stressed, today, I didn’t go to class in order to spend this time to remember that God is my first priority, not grades. It’s because of Him that I am able to go to class and even make grades. I had forgotten this.
So do whatever it takes for you to remember who it is that you are living for and from. Don’t be irresponsible–I’m not giving you a “Get out of jail” free card like in the game monopoly–but I am encouraging you to find your strength in Christ and be empowered by that strength to do all that He has given you to do.
“In return and in rest, you shall be saved.
In quiet and in trust shall be your strength.”
Take time to rest in beauty of God… Take time to appreciate Him for all that He is in our lives. See and BELIEVE that He is the reason for every occurrence/occasion in your life.
Go outside and rest in God!
Posted in God is Greater, Live Radically
Tagged beauty, believe, christianity, class, confession, God, life, outside, priority, skip, strength
Do you ever wonder how God looks at us as His children? If life was a soccer match and God was the coach, to whom would God give high fives or shake His head because of a bad play or yell out shouts of encouragement?
Recently, this question has been on my mind. While we can never know the motives of God, there are a couple of verses that have given me some thoughts on how God looks upon us.
“The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Sam. 16:7
Right off the bat, we see that God sees differently than we do. Why is that? It’s because on earth, our outer appearance is how we usually convey our worldly state–whether we are happy, successful, wealthy, etc. But here’s the thing, God’s kingdom is much different than our world. While the criteria for who’s the best here in the world may be based on status, God’s kingdom sees right through all of this.
“27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:27-31
You see, it’s all about our heart condition. When we encounter God, does the life that we live from there out give all the glory to Him?
Just as a great coach, God sees that while skill is needed for His team–after all, He gave us every skill that we have–it’s the condition of your heart that determines how you will work in His body of believers. Will your life of being the most improved–from a destitute sinner to a believer washed in God’s grace and love–be even more important than being the team member that scores the most goals?
God loves each and every single one of us–bench warmer or team captain alike. So the real question for you today is this: by your heart condition, are you ready to glorify God?
Posted in God is Greater, Live Radically, Walking Down the Narrow Road
Tagged appearance, coach's, condition, corinthians, glorify, God, heart, hollinger, life, looks, outside, player, samuel, sarah, sees, soccer, team, view