Fashion does not matter to me, character matters. People wear horribly uncomfortable things like nonsensical high heels because it is “fashionable” or popular. Foolishness. It does not matter in the least except that I have rarely seen someone in high heels be able to serve the public or work, they can barely walk around and rarely comfortably. We are meant to develop our moral character and deepen our relationship with God and that translates to loving and serving other people. How can you do that when you can barely walk? Is what is deemed fashionable and thus self-serving more important that serving the Lord? High heels is just one example. I could say the same for being glued to your phone in place of serving the Lord. These shallow, selfish things are distractions and hindrances from spiritual growth and relationship with the Lord. Just saw it again and wanted to put my two cents in. God is and always should be more important to us than the world. And if we lived that, revival would happen. ❤
Being a Christian requires purposeful effort. So does being a jerk in many cases. So does running a marathon. So does accomplishing anything praiseworthy. But to hear Father God say “Well done, good and faithful child”, we have to decide to commit purposeful effort into pleasing Him. That includes learning what pleases Him via the Bible, prayer all the time, and meeting together with other Christians for help and encouragement with both of those. It is easy to be lazy, requires very little effort and no purpose. But actually committing is a big deal and a lot of purposeful effort will need to be utilized to get into good habits and stay in close, maturing relationship with our loving God. And eternally- speaking and even right now, that is where we need and want to be.❤
When people are wilfully ugly to us, we have a choice on how to respond. 1. We can pout and have a pity party, using that as an excuse to do something we should not that is entirely selfish/narcissistic. 2. We can get angry with righteous indignation and “vent” to everyone we know, using that maybe also as an excuse to do something we should not that is entirely selfish/narcissistic. 3. We can get even with revenge and unforgiveness (that unfortunately never hurts them) and inventing creative ways to be seen on the higher ground or be able to retake our wounded pride, often using that as an excuse to do something we should not that is entirely selfish/narcissistic. 4. We can pray and be thankful for what we have and the opportunity to set our pride down and turn to the Lord for help and comfort. And the last one there is of course the only option we should go to as Christians. Matthew 5:11. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (-Bible Offline).” Look at Paul and Silas’ response to wilfully ugly people. Acts: 13:50. “But the Jewish leaders incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. 51. So they shook the dust off their feet as a warning to them and went to Iconium. 52. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. (- Bible Offline).” And again, Acts 16:22. “The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. (- Bible Offline).” Let’s be the Christians God intended us to be and really be that light I’m a dark world.❤
The closer I am in relationship with God, the less I am affected by bad things happening. I am not saying that fewer bad things happen… that would be ridiculous to say. In fact, the enemy comes against Christians far more and with a vengeance. What I am saying is that it affects me less when I am closer to God, reading His Truth in the Bible as much as possible, praying, worshipping, just being with consciously. God gives peace and joy and the more time spent with Him and His goodness, the more the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control) take prominence in my character. This provides security and hope and beautiful assurance that no one can separate me from the love of God ever. Fasting makes this more clear but so does time and spiritual maturity doing the right thing in keeping in the Bible and prayer and fellowship with Christians.❤
Aging is entirely a part of our physical selves as well as mentality. If maturity is chosen as a path, the soul and spirit will grow close in relationship to God our loving Creator. [See my blog “Who We Are (Deep)”.]
Aging when mature in spirit is the most beautiful process because the person has grown thoroughly humble, knowing the need for the Lord in every aspect of life for all needs. That is beautiful and should be celebrated!
When I was young, I though aging meant getting boring, doing little of significance, getting wrinkly, growing weak, losing function of eyes and ears in time, losing teeth, having no sex life, smelling weird, and being excited about family that largely ignores you. Of course I never envisioned my grandparents as aging because none of them were that way, they stayed active and smelled good and taught me interesting things, tayed active in church, did their own cleaning, etc. So they did not age in my book, they matured. To an extent, genetics plays a huge role in aging physically but maturing is an intentional choice. Every silly thing I thought about aging is proven false with every mature person I have met. In fact, the spiritually mature and aged people in my life have been they key encourages, teachers, motivators, and maturity inspirers in my life. They are the people I have respected, loved and been grateful for the most. I am a doctor because of these people and God’s instruction through them. My wisdom from God is largely inspired by their direction.
The world emphasizes and celebrates physical youth and physical beauty because sin dwells the heartiest in the physical where people can easily be kept away from a relationship with God we so desire deep inside us. Aging in the physical is to be avoided at all cost, covered up, lied about, fought. Why? Because when no choice or action has been made to mature into a soul and spiritual relationship with God, the physical will die and the glory will die with it and hell comes, hope is gone then. It never ever needs to be so. We can at any point n in life choose to grow up in maturity and draw close to God in prayer and salvation through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Then aging is just one step closer to our precious hope in heaven with the God who loves us so much. With maturity in God, aging is beautiful and brimming with hope and delight. The dependence on God deepens every day. As the physical wears out, the spiritual enhances and prayers deepen and trust deepens. So beautiful! With God, everything is beautiful!😄❤
My husband and I just had a deep conversation (not unusual). We were discussing who we as human beings are, what we are made of, and what changes in our life. And here is our discussion and thoughts summed up. Here goes:
We (people) are comprised of these parts, in this order:
1. Physical body
2. Our mentality and thought processes.
3. Our soul.
4. Our spirit.
When we are born and as long as we remain immature, we stick with thr physical selves, which can be selfish and always is taking care of staying alive and wants and needs. As we grow and hopefully mature in life, we develop and give prominence and power to the mentality, a higher function which considers others around us also and consequences, memories, etc. Then as we further mature and develop, we give prominence and power to our soul, where we have a greater idea of who God made us to be and our connectedness to the spirit, with built in personal identity in the bigger picture of God’s kingdom. And the highest goal of maturity and growth and development is to give prominence and power to the spirit in intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit/Source of Goodness and Love.
We can screw this up by opening the spirit to evil spirits inadvertently and ignorantly (or willingly) via the physical or mentality. We can and so screw it up by remaining immature.
How do we shift to the goal of spiritual prominence and connectedness to the Holy Spirit/Good/Love? We read the Bible and pray and start to incorporate its values into our lives until we can be humble enough to let God transform us and shift us to this new form. And when it happens, it is beautiful.😄❤
The wisdom and maturity of a person is seen in their use of silence. Silence is magnificent when necessity dictates it and is a blatant sin of omission in other arenas. Wisdom and maturity to know which is which comes from God in His Word, the Bible, we can read or from the Holy Spirit in our minds and hearts when humbly asked. God is the only source of this level of wisdom and maturity in the dedicated and n intentional art of silence. Let us ask Him continually and read His Word continually to get this one right. It is magnificent when done well and speaks volumes when done well consistently. Timing is God’s puppy. We need Him for it and may we represent Him well in doing so.❤