Not every hand that reaches for you is there to help you up or cheer for your successes. Praise God for those who are there to help.
Some hands push you down and clap when you fall. Those who are glad when you are hurting are also hurting very much inside. They are the ones who may need more love and God says to pray for our enemies. (I’ve tried it. It’s good therapy.)
When someone is happy when you fail, it’s probably not about you at all. When you realize someone else’s brokenness is what makes them jealous of you, it’s easier to see that it’s not about you. I believe if people really knew you, they’d like you.
There is something beautiful about letting our masks fall off. Nobody’s perfect. And those who claim they are – are kidding themselves.
2015 may be a good time to get real (and this includes being real with yourself.)
God made you beautiful. Sometimes the beauty gets covered in ashes but the good news is God can take those ashes and He can make all things new.
The thing about those skeletons in our closets…
We can leave them there, stinking, rotting, weighing on our hearts, and eating up our stomachs (and at our relationships)
We can give them to God and ask Him to help us. He can take those events (i.e. skeletons) and make something very beautiful out of them.
Many times these are the very things God uses to make a new ministry. He makes all things new. He will do a new thing in you.
Cast your burdens (those weights that we carry for years and years and years) on Jesus, because He cares for you.
Here’s a way to start, “God, Please take this. I’ve been carrying it a long time and sometimes I feel like…”
As parents, we think it’s cute when our 2 year old wants to help sweep the floor.
What about when our 10 year old helps fold clothes? We’re proud (even if he doesn’t do it the way WE would do it.)
When our 15 year old does the dishes we still like the help (most of the time.) Sometimes teenagers show a little attitude and decide they know best. They’re still learning – and learn quicker if we let the consequences do the teaching. (Of course – there are times to remove the phone, computer, music, or activities. We give and sometimes we take away.)
It’s pretty amazing when our kids ask us what job they can do and ALSO listen to how to do a job (though there is still some very important learning that takes place when they don’t ask for our guidance.)
Honestly, we CAN do all these jobs on our own AND we actually would do a more careful and more thorough job on each one of them.
The thing is when we ask God what job He wants us to do, incredible things happen. He’s not going to make us ask Him. We just (hopefully) eventually get around to realizing this is the best idea.
God does not NEED us to help. He WANTS us to help Him. He ALLOWS us to help Him. He LOVES for us to help Him.
But God is God and He does not NEED us to take care of stuff.
He is MORE than capable of doing everything on His own. He created the whole universe and everything in it WITHOUT our help. (It’s a bit egotistic to think He NEEDS us to do anything, isn’t it?)
When He calls us to do a job, He doesn’t expect us to then go off and try to do it on our own. He expects us to keep asking for His guidance.
Sometimes we (grown ups) decide we know best and we learn from consequences, too. We give God a little attitude sometimes, don’t we? (And He gives and sometimes He takes away.) Yet, He’s still in our corner, cheering us on, always hoping we’ll turn to Him for help.
Sometimes I envision Him looking at me while I try to do a job without Him (which has happened plenty over my lifetime.)
He’s smiling while shaking His head and just waiting for me to ask, “Daddy? Please help?” EVERY time I ask He is there and He is always more than capable.
So… sometimes our kids are the best people to describe who we really are. Sometimes the answers make us smile. Sometimes not as much.
What would YOUR kids say YOU do? Encourage people or mock them?
When did we STOP cheering each other on and start looking down on each other for trying do accomplish something?
The news is most of the time… I won’t even say the bad words that flash across my brain to describe the “news.” They make fun of people and “report” some of the very worst stuff. We’ve all heard it “AT LEAST three people were injured.” SERIOUSLY?! “At least?!” Like they hoped MORE were hurt?!!
When our kids are little and learning to walk we cheer for them (and even tell our friends to cheer) until they can walk on their own. We encourage.
Now, as alleged adults, we mock and some people secretly actually enjoy others’ failures. That’s a sad thing in my opinion.
Are we all so jealous of someone actually succeeding that we find twisted comfort in ridicule?
Sometimes it may take a few attempts before we finally get something right. Lots of inventors come to mind. I sure am glad they kept trying.
Do your kids see you encouraging other grown ups or making fun of them behind closed doors?