All posts by mjharvell

Husband, Dad Spiritual Coach, Teacher, Author, Hiker, Outdoorsman, Big Kid, One who is just passing through! I choose to heal, grow, learn, develop, laugh, live and above all love...

Like What You See?

Do you like what you see? Take a good, honest look at your life and the answer might surprise you, because it may be that you do like what you see and you didn’t think you were going to, or it may be that you do not like what you see and you thought you were going to love it. Most likely you will find yourself some where in between, with some things you love, some things you hate and some things some where in between.

I have found that the great majority of us, just sorta tend to tolerate life. We have moments we love and moments we hate, but most of us end up living the majority of our lives in the “blahs”, stuck somewhere in between love and hate. On some level, we know we were created for more, but we are just too tired to even try to think our way through it.

Every now and then though, something comes along and moves us out of our comfort zone to the place that we can’t help but take a moment or two to imagine what our life might look life if we were really living it the way we sometimes catch ourselves dreaming. We think about the person we could be, should be and would be, if???

Have you ever caught a glimpse of yourself, when you had it all together? Have you ever seen the “put together” you, full of energy, great ideas and experiencing the miraculous in all directions? When we see it, we believe it and for just a moment want it, but then life wakes us up and we go right back to thinking about what might have been?

Could I suggest a different way to look at life? Could I maybe point out another possibility of how we can possibly see things? Rather than thinking about would’ve, could’ve and should’ve – how about we see ourselves as God our Creator sees us?

In Ephesians 1:3-4 it says: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.”

God sees us from beginning to end and from end to beginning! God sees the total picture of all that we’ve been through, survived and grown from. If you are still living, then you are still a work in progress, so don’t you dare give up and don’t for one moment entertain the thought of giving in, because God has great big amazing plans for you! See it, believe it, live it – you’ll be glad you did!

Surronded By Craziness!

We are surrounded by craziness! Look to your right, left, behind or in front and what do you see? Crazy, right? This is not really anything new, because we have always been surrounded by crazy, it’s just that now a days, this is a different kind of crazy and everyone has a totally different opinion about what their crazy looks like.

It is very easy to get caught up in the drama of the world and forget what is really important. What really matters is not all the crazy, but that even in the midst of craziness, chaos and confusion, there is still a God and God is in control. I actually sometimes think God allows the crazy confusion of chaos to help us see the sane, stable, intentional, purpose and plan of the ONE who brought us to the dance…

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” -Hebrews 11:1

No matter how crazy this world gets, I can always retreat into the peace of God, which is always there waiting on me to come to my good senses. In this place of peace, I realize and am reminded that I am a spiritual being getting to have a human experience and this human experience, while often challenged is still a very amazing and wonderful gift that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

In this place of peace, I am reminded who I am and whose I am. This is the game changer, because as soon as this truth comes into my heart and mind, I am free to be me in all of my weird uniqueness and all for God’s glory. It does not matter what the world says, I am loved and I am love and love chases away fear, so I do not have anything to be afraid of, worried about or concerned for.

Every need or lack I could ever experience has already been provided for. Every challenge of conflict I will ever face has already been overcome. God is love and so I have everything I could ever need and then some. Regardless of the circumstances, miracles are not just a possibility, but alaways a reality for the child of God who believes and I choose to believe and live in the power of the miraculous, even in the midst of craziness…

Perfection!

You are a blessed child of God! Stop and let the truth of that truth sink in for just a moment. We spend so much of the energy of our lives trying to prove ourselves, when we really have nothing to prove. We buy into the definition of success provided by the world, allow our egos to start calling the shots and before we know it, we find ourselves riding a runaway roller coaster to nowhere.

We convince ourselves that some how our being incomplete points to some kind of deficiency or lack on our part and there surely must be something wrong with us that needs fixing. We read books, take medicine, chase after goals and do any and everything we can think of to try and make up for what we have been convinced is missing.

We very quickly lose site of the reality that we are children of God and because we are God’s children we lack nothing. We lack nothing, because it is all His and through His love, we have access to it all. You are a complete, whole and blessed spiritual being, made in the image of the One who created you and empowered with His supernatural power.

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” -James 1:2-4

You do not need to be made perfect, you are perfect. You just need to learn to live in the perfection you were created in and for. You cannot add to God’s perfection, and any attempt to do so, is to take away, taint and diminish the purity of God’s radiant love. So stop trying to be something you are not, accept your life as it is with all it’s challenges and grow through them into the complete perfection you were created for. When you do this your life will give glory to God and enable you to experience and share His blessings…

The Fine Line Between Arrogance And Humility!

Arrogance is such an ugly word and it is an even uglier attitude. I am ashamed to say that I have allowed this word to become my reality far too many times in my life and living. It is one of those things that can creep up on you before you even realize it’s there. Arrogance puts you in a place of looking down on others even when you are beneath them. It is a very unrealistic view of self and others that causes us to elevate self and lower others.

Most would say that the opposite of arrogance is humility, but we have to be careful with that one, because it is way too easy to have a humility that is fake, counterfeit and not real, which is an even greater form of arrogance.

Philippians 2:3-4 “3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”

The reality is that we are all the creation of God and God has given each of us our own unique gifts, talents and blessings. God’s love, grace and power flow into each of our lives and as we learn to live in humility, it flows through our lives to others and brings us a fulfillment like nothing else can.

We have to be very careful not to become arrogant and think of ourselves, better, smarter or more valuable than others. We also have to be careful not to get caught up in a fake humility that does not take into account the value that God in us, places on each one of us. Either extreme is dangerous and keeps us from experiencing the miraculous power we were created in and for.

Take some time today to think about who you are in God as you think about God in you. Also take time to recognize who others are in God and honor God in them. There is a fine line between humility and arrogance and on that line we discover purpose, power and peace…

Control Is An Illusion!

Who says you have to be in control? Who says you have to have all the answers? Who says everything has to be lined up perfect for you to be happy? Who says any of the things that you keep telling yourself? The stuff that makes you crazy and threatens to drive you insane. Who says? You do, but you can change what you say, if you really want to???

I’ve got some good news! You don’t have to run the universe! In fact, you can’t, because that job is already taken by the Creator of the universe. Stop thinking you have to control everyone and everything, because the truth is: Control is an illusion! No one ever really has control of anything and it’s not your job anyway!

The only responsibility that you need to concern yourself with is making sure that you show up to every moment with the best of yourself! So stop trying to fit into the mold of everybody else’s creation and enjoy just being you and doing what you were created and gifted to do.

I have often heard people say: “Well, I feel better, because I have finally given it all to God!”, only to be right back at a place of chaos by the afternoon. We cannot focus on our part and do it the way we were created to, until we let go of and stop trying to do God’s part. It is very good advice to give it all to God, especially the part that is already His.

1 Peter 5:6-7 says “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Release, surrender, let go, give up everything to God, who lives in you and let God give back to you what you need to be. God will guide you, direct you and bless you in ways that you cannot even begin to imagine, if you will just get out of His way. He will help you to cultivate the right thoughts and commit to meaningful actions that produce results and bring about outcomes of blessing.

You don’t have to run the universe, the universe is quiet capable of running itself, because that is what it was created to do and you get to be in a meaningful relationship with the ONE who created it all. Focus on that, sit back, relax and enjoy living in the protective arms of your Creator and you will soon discover that life is good!