Truthfully, instruction can be hard to hear, but it can also be a beautiful conduit for God to mold and prune you. Neither of which particularly feel good in the moment but always end up having significant value in the Kingdom.
Choosing to obey is challenging for many of us, not because what He’s asked us to do is
particularly difficult, but that the place He's motioning us toward, or the task before us, isn't
glamorous. What would happen if we did what God asked us to do— no matter how ridiculously
simple the message?
Conquering conflict begins with how we view it. Our perception of conflict will inevitably dictate our response. If we can shift our mindset to viewing conflict as an opportunity for growth and motivation for change, we can alter the entire nature and possible outcome of the conflict merely by changing how we view it.
Over time though, our frantic mornings have a way of bleeding into the rest of our days. Too many less-than-ideal starts impact more than our mornings; they lead to stressed-out souls. And let’s be real, we could all use a little less stress in our lives.
Have you ever been hurt? I bet I already know the answer—it’s a resounding yes. We’ve all been through something difficult or walked with someone who has. We walk through wilderness seasons—of loss or setback—and wonder where God is and what we are supposed to do about it?
You never forget the moment the purpose giver speaks to the purposeful. It wasn’t a glamorous moment. In fact, I almost missed it. I had come from the bathroom to walk down the stairs to play a pick up game of volleyball when the thought brushed quietly through my mind – your greatest purpose is to love.
Life is a series of choices - not the big kind that lead you down a daunting path of A or B, but the little ones that add up and follow you on your road to becoming. The good news is, you’re always only one choice away from a bolder faith.
We need to take care of our bodies in order to take care of our battles. Five and a half inches is the length of our battle. The distance from your left ear to your right ear. Each day we will continue to fight in the invisible -- the invisible depression of our past and the invisible anxieties of our future. As we move from Band-Aids to building the immunity of our minds and our bodies, our fight will become energy-charged and focused on the present.
It all boils down to this…contentment isn’t something we are born with. In fact, we come out of the womb discontent and selfish! We must choose to be content. So today, as you contend for more, embrace the sweet and necessary tension of being content as well.
When we live life as stewards, sacrificially loving others, and keeping an eternal mindset, our lives will create a powerful legacy. And what exactly is legacy? I like to think of legacy as outliving your life. It’s what you leave behind once you are gone. We each have the opportunity to shape an impactful legacy. What legacy are you shaping?