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.😄❤
We have had our adopted dog Blue since January. And he is family and knows how things work and his place. He is house trained (thank God!) and leash trained and we do one or two long walks a day and about 4 very short walks. We go to the dog park every day or two also to let him run without a leash and just break loose. He eats well, drinks filtered water, is very healthy now with a shiny, soft coat, has a comfy dog bed, sleeps in my son’s room, etc. All this, and he still bolted for a squirrel, got loose from my grip and continued into the only woods on our walking route and had to be caught. Ran like a wild animal with no family that needed to eat that squirrel to live or something.
He is still a wild animal through it all. He is programmed to survive.
And I got to thinking about that. What separates tame from wild? Circumstances? Timing? Breeding?
What about people? What separates Godly from ungodly? Circumstances? Timing? Family upbringing?
For people, it is more. We have the power within our minds to reason and choose morality. We also can ask God for more wisdom and strength when times get tough. This is our God-given built-in, our brain.
And if we stay close to God and choose morality and reason, there is no problem we can not overcome. This is true personally, as a family, as a business, as a state, as a nation, as the kingdom of God.
This is hope, friends. Praise God!😄❤
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.😄❤
No two people are alike, no matter how hard they seem to try. I and you consist of the sum of our parts. All parts are designed and orchestrated by God on purpose and with a plan of being saved and close to Him. So I do not detest any of my or your parts.
The parts are the physical: the skin, the hair, the body type and dimension, the blemishes, the scars, the freckles, the beauty, the ugliness.
Parts also are the spiritual: the eternal spirit, the soul, the heart, the thinking mind, the patterns of brain usage, the emotions that are expressed or suppressed, the tide and current of flow to God the Creator, the eternal residence that is considered to great benefit or suppressed to detriment.
The parts also consist of our past: our upbringing, horrible things we went through, good things we experienced, travels, interactions with people good and bad, decisions we made good and bad, education in school, street education, relative interactions good and bad, home environment, financial and economic experiences, accidents and injuries, wrongs and sins, forgiveness and blessings, all of it.
There is no way with all these parts options two people can or should look alike in totality. We are the sum of our parts. And these are purposeful and useful by and for God thr Creator. That makes me and you quite beautiful and extraordinary. And I appreciate me and you and genuinely praise God for us. If you ponder this, it is the only rightful conclusion. 😄❤
People are beautiful works of God with His fingerprints all over them. They are capable of humbly trusting Jesus Christ as their Savior. They are capable of great kindness and great health and great reflections of God, even though we are far under Him in every way. We can reflect His light when we choose to and ask. This is absolutely beautiful!
The Downside of People is their tendency to instead of all those good things choose to be naughty, lazy, distracted, prideful and most of all selfish. And this is the downside of people. It is the downside to the church too (a group of people).
God gives us chance after chance and warning and opportunity and grace to snap to and love Him and others (the entire crux of the mandate of the Bible) and people can choose to do what “feels good” (until they get to eternity and find out they should have gone for obedience). Or people can choose to humbly obey. It is everyone’s choice and not making a choice is actually making a pretty awful one. So much better to get your life together and right and be saved by Jesus.❤