What does it look like to live life for God, and not for the approval of other people? To some, it might look easy. But for the majority, it’s a serious battle. The reality of it is, it’s a constant surrender of laying down the flesh and walking out in your God-given identity, so you can please the One that really matters.
I hate unloading the dishwasher. It’s the chore that irritates me most: a never-ending cycle. That particular Tuesday I’d had enough. I thought “What am I Doing?! What a waste of my life to be standing here unloading the freaking dishes! Again!”
Whatever field you are in, it’s essential to learn how to discern criticism. What is worth humbly heeding and what deserves to be chucked straight into the garbage bin?
When navigating criticism, here are three questions we can ask!
At 29, I found myself suddenly single, a season of life I thought I’d long bid farewell when I had stood at the altar and promised ‘until death do us part’ three years prior. Nowhere in my 10 year plan had I ever envisaged divorce, let alone navigating my way through the daunting dating jungle again.
I am not here on this planet to be a puzzle master or to find all the answers to the deepest questions. I am here to be a light. I am here to be a helper. I am hopefully going to leave this planet better than how I found it.
Thankfully God’s Spirit faithfully downloads just the right scripture at just the right time. As I began re-packing my suitcase for the return trip, feeling way out of my league and fretting that the numbers proved it, sometime between the bathroom and closet in the hotel room, the prayer of Agur from Proverbs 30 dropped into my mind...
I have wanted a nose ring for more than 20 years: a little diamond-y stud, a twinkle beneath my eye. It’s been more than 20 years now and my nose is still—somewhat disappointingly—stud free. Someone recently asked me why I didn’t just go for it, which in turn needed clarification – why didn’t I do it then? Or why don’t I do it now?
Forgiveness has the power to resurrect what bitterness tries to destroy. It makes the mountain a place of wise perspective to see the full picture of how God brought you out of the valley. Forgiveness doesn’t always restore a relationship but it will always heal your heart. A heart lavishly loved by a wise, forgiving, loving God.