Part of rising above the ugly in people is knowing that yes, they made the decision to accept the ugly into their lives and that is what we need to forgive, but more than that, our real fight is with the ugly and not the person. “Our fight is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers and powers and forces of this world’s darkness.” And remembering that is the key. When you do remember that, you can forgive the person and pray appropriately over the ugly. Then we have the proper perspective, draw closer to God and reflect His light in our lives. And that is it. Not magic, just applying our knowledge and again humbly staying close to God.😄❤
When we feel like we are walking a Tightrope through life, we miss the point. When trying to wrestle with making the masses happy, balancing time with our kids and spouse, figure out how much time our work should take and then a complexity added of how spiritual to be and when and how to do right and not wrong and when to say what and when to not talk, the tightrope under our feet gets skinnier and the distance beneath us is greater to fall.
And people fall from it all the time. People, sadly, believe that is all there is and lose hope and fall. And that is the saddest thing ever because they have clearly missed the point. And maybe that is why we weird big picture people exist, to remind you of the big picture.
Sure, we are weird. I own that and have never cared what people thought of me because of the big picture thing. Yes, I miss a lot of the details so I miss a lot, but here is the thing. I am good at at least one thing, seeing and showing the big picture. And here it is. This is huge and if you grasp it, your tightrope will suddenly turn into a wide bridge over a trench.
Accepting Jesus Christ as Savior is all about grace and putting God first.
If you really embrace that, your life will instantly be brighter and load lighter. Guilt loads will dump off to God’s forgiveness. Loneliness will disappear because God comforts and fills you up with thr Holy Spirit, a constant companion with warm arms and power when needs be. And balancing everything becomes easy as He gives abundant wisdom when we put Him first. And reading thr Bible and praying keeps our connection to God strong and bonds the relationship so peace and joy is forever right there no matter what.
No need to walk a tightrope, just need to see the big picture and embrace it. Then wow, that grace takes over and perfection is no longer required, just devotion. Wow! Freedom! Hope!😄❤
Some people want bad things to happen. I used to think this was ridiculous but I see it. Always focused on the bad or in a constant hunt for it and focus on anything remotely unpleasant and blowing that into significance are all ways they prove this. Some people do not want n peace and prove it these ways. They want war and ugly and bad things because that is matches what is going on inside of them or they are used to it.
Instead of that, in direct opporition to it, if we embrace Christ, He gives peace and joy inside to all you to desire and work for good things. We have control of this and we do much greater even than that by yielding control to Jesus who is bivgerhan any bad habit or bad thing.
Focusing on God and accepting His love allows us to make good choices, which put any resulting bad thing into proper perspective, which is, eternally – speaking, insignificance. Choose today. You are stronger than you think (with God) and have the power to choose. 😄❤
I heard a great quote that I want to take further. He quote was from a guy on YouTube who said this:
“Just because we have different viewpoints doesn’t mean we have to hate each other.”
And I want to tell you the key to executing that mindset, because it is a necessary one for any group of people living in the same family, country, workplace, earth. Here is the secret key: Ready? Wait for it…
Care more about God then yourself and other people as much as yourself.
It is that simple. Really? Yep. It is the heart of the matter, pun intended. If we simply follow these 10 commandments, reduced down to two, with a humility and the fruits of the Spirit, the world would be flipped upside down, or actually would be made right.
A difference of opinion would not induce hatred but maybe a conversation or acceptance of a different viewpoint.
Families would be stronger, as each would love God first and foremost and want to please Him and then would love each other as much as themselves so nothing would be done for self that harms another but instead each would support and encourage each other.
Words and actions would be done from love and not from hate or its counterparts greed or envy or folly or self-interest etc. Love views things quite differently, sacrificially even.
Ah, just thinking of God’s original design is wonderful. We can help by adopting such a world and heart view and implementing it. And if enough of us do this, wow!😄❤
I can no longer exist without stillness during the day. This is a refreshing time for my spirit and walk with my precious Lord and Savior. I need time with Him, time alone.
That being said, even minimizing our involvement in many areas of our lives and downsizing, we are busy with homeschooling, dog care and management and exercise, 1-2 miles of walking daily, rollerblading and biking, band practices for church and our working band, my part time per diem consulting work, home maintenance and care, cooking three meals, caring for my mom and cleaning her house, monthly visits out of town to help my Great Aunts, and trying to love on friends and family, we are pretty busy every day. Even in a minimized state, we are extremely busy. So, how does this stillness I said I now have to have work?
The stillness is talking to God and enjoying His masterpieces around me, as well as Bible reading and pauses in the day. I let go of unnecessary wastes of time like tv time, anti-social media (sober over a year now, praise God!), or extraneous thinking. It is amazing n how much time we waste in a normal day. Also, during my morning long walk with the dog, I am praying or just worshipping quietly or with music. Stillness is sometimes a mindset and decisions to reclaim wasted minutes on purpose to grow closer to Jesus. It is about that important relationship. And it is beautiful!😄❤
People forget so easily that God is in charge. He has a plan and it will succeed, it already has in fact. He is the winner. Jesus is the Champion for our salvation. God is it. When we work His will as shown to us in the Bible, we win. What little ideas we have are in no way better than the amazing blessings and rewards God has for us. So we have some discomfort. So what. I am quite sure Jesus went through quite a bit of discomfort for us. It is an honor to obey God. It is a blessing to worship Him!😄❤
Now, since my Daddy died two years ago, I have not.been able to help but cry if someone is crying- real life or on tv/movies. It is just a new thing now where I can empathize with people’s heartache. That is honestly new to me since these last two years. I felt the deepest pain of my life and I now feel other people’s pain. Even if I had felt it before I never cried. I can probably count on one hand how many times I cried growing up. Just not a crier before. So it is a new thing when I see other’s heartache.
Now, for me, I do not cry, not since I came out of the sobbing wet depression a year ago. After Daddy died, I cried for a year straight about and was depressed and really selfish. I know I had a family to look after and did so mechanically but wounded my children in the process and am still rebuilding that. But selfishly, I was stuck for a year in rich grief. Grief n is normal but letting it take over my life was selfish of me, in my case.
Since I snapped out of the depression with God’s help, I have worked hard on rebuilding (God’s specialty) and have only cried since then when I have seen someone cry, but not for me, just for them and their sake and pain, to help. I get it. I understand their pain. I lived it.
I believe sometimes for other people, you can help them more.by crying with them than any amount of advice or well wishes. But as far as we go, we focus on the wrong thing personally when crying. God comforts those who mourn but also rewards those who obey. Now hear me in love… Awfully hard to serve God and others when constantly thinking of what we lost. We do better at our eternal work when we are grateful for what we have left. Re-read that and you will be glad you did. Prayer and pleasing God in obedience is the option. 😄❤