I read a blog entry today about a man not believing in Christ and how the individual sought to share that belief by means of instilling fear and chaos. It sounded like the person was unhappy and wanted to make sure everyone else was too. You know what they say, misery loves company.
It’s sad really because we can all suffer from our human perspective and the thing is our thoughts will dictate our reality. Thoughts of Christ delivers peace and hope and love. But if we choose to reject it, life will deliver a perspective without His spirit.
That is to say if we look for evidence of no Christ, we will damn near find it people.
But what happens when we fix our thoughts on Jesus with enough stubborn persistence in the midst of fear and chaos? I will tell you what happens to me. I start to see evidence of Christ’s spirit at every turn.
Which leads me to something that happened yesterday. I’ve been a part of a women’s group (mothers of preschoolers) for two years. The circumstances around my joining this group at church was a rocky road, mostly because of poor decisions on my part. One that God without question reconciled almost immediately. But before that I had missed the boat. Actually I was on the boat but I stepped off of it. Then the boat pulled back to the dock at Christmas so I could get back on it. It was up to me though to take the step of faith.
Lately I’ve been feeling like I should step down from my spot on this boat. Mostly because I’m working more and my preschooler is not so much of a preschooler any longer. This spring will be my last semester anyway because moms “graduate” once the kindergartener does, meaning we are no longer eligible for MOPS. I’ve just been feeling like it might be time to give another Mom the spot since there is a waiting list to join. Our last meeting of the semester was yesterday and I was expecting to be reminded about dues for the Spring. I was prepared to step down that day. Not because the money is an issue or that I have a concern with dues because the funds support an extremely important ministry. Supporting young motherhood which is a season of life that at times takes much but gives little. Or at least it can feel that way.
But is it really giving little? Jesus reminded me this is our limited human perspective.
I was reminded of this quote of yesterday..
Then at our seats was a piece of red paper that said…Merry Christmas, you are already paid in full next semester, with Love. ❤️
Sweet Jesus! Clearly I’m not supposed to step aside just yet. He was not letting me off the boat!
So when we are feeling discouraged, having doubts, believing we are unloveable, feeling incapable or any other negative emotion, remember it is coming from our limited human perspective.
But when we fix our eyes on the real Jesus we see more clearly and our thoughts become more spirit filled. That’s not to say life is without challenges but our perspective is changed. We might miss the boat a time or two or three but Jesus can bring us back to it again even if we don’t think it’s possible. And sometimes when we are in the boat and try to step off he simply won’t let us.
A life with Jesus is a life paid in full.❤️
Loved By Grace,