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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…

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!

The Positivity Of Negativity!

Negative Emotions -Everyone of us have them and many of us have no clue what to do about them. I grew up, believing negative emotions were bad and to be avoided at all cost, so I spent most of my life trying to not have them, only to realize that I was fighing a losing battle. So I did the next best thing I could think of and that was to pretend they did not exist, which was really a great big mistake, because then they kick your behind and leave you laying on the side of the road for dead.

It has taken me many years, but I have finally started to learn that the best things to acknowledge them, own them and most importantly – to learn from them. Negative emotions are feelings that usually generate an attitude of being sad or mad and can cause you to not want to be around others, act out in detremental ways or retreat and isolate yourself from life. If left unchecked, negative emotions can lead to being miserable, depressed and even dangerous, but if acknowledged and ultimatley owned, they can become some of our greatest teachers, leading us to discover incredible things about our life and it’s living.

I will not take the time to go into all the ugly details here, but there have been several times in my life, when the negative emotions started to get the best of me. I have “felt” that list up above in the picture and been weighted down to the place that I thought I was going to drown under the weight of it. In fact, there have been times when I felt I was ready to give up and sink to my no more.

As I look back on all those terrible, horrible and ugly times, the interesting thing is that no matter how dark my lremedy have gotten, there was always a light. It may have been a very small speck at the end of the tunnel, but it has always been there. At times shining bright as a beacon for others and at others times, just a little speck, a gentle reminder that even though I may feel like it, I am not alone.

God created me and gave me my life, but this human experience is not all that there is. Wayne Dyer says that we spend our lives as human beings looking to have a spiritual experience, when in reality we are spiritual beings getting to have a human experience.

If you were just paying attention, then I revealed the secret to learning from and overcoming your negative emotions, rather than having your negative emotions overcome you. Did you catch it? Let me just tell you – PERSPECTIVE MATTERS! How you look at things and how you see things matter and if you are looking as a human being, then you are defeated, but if you are looking as a spiritual being, then the negative emotions that are allowed to come into your life, must have some higher purpose???

This is why the Scriptures teach us: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” -2 Timothy 1:7 As spirtual beings God has given us power, love and self-control. Individually all of these are magnificent and powerful gifts, but collectively they allow us to live, grow and develop on a whole new level.

Sometimes God doesn’t change your situation because He is trying to change your heart. This is why God allows the negative to flow into our life, because we have the power to learn from it and change it into something much more powerful, enabling us to experience the things only experienced by the divine. We can live the lower levels of humanity and be controlled by the negative emotions of life or we can live at the higher levels of the spirit and discover unlimited and supernatural power to do the miraculous – your choice???

Get Honest And Get Free!

At first thought, I would love to tell you I am a perfect person. A person that always thinks good thoughts and always does the right thing. A person who has no enemies, commits no sins and gets it right, no matter the situation or circumstance. At first thought, I think this is what I would love to be able to tell you, but then after I think about it for a few minutes, I realize that would not be me at all.

While it is very true that I am not my mistakes, sins and failures, the reality is, they are a part of me, the part of me that is human. They are the part of my human experience, which is teaching me that I am a spiritual being getting to have a human experience. And while I am not proud of these things, the Spirit has taught me that God has used and is using all of these things to help shape me into who and what He created me to be. It is all part of His process!

The world we live in is a beautiful, mystical and amazing place, but it also a hard, ugly and mean place at the same time. It is in this place that there is a continual battle that wages, a battle we get caught up in and often distracted by.

Oh, we like to pretend that it doesn’t exist and we tend to ignore the obvious, but that does not change the reality that all of us are sinners that miss the mark, and we really do need to own that. A big part of accepting what God has done for us through Jesus is admitting the truth that we are sinners who miss the mark and don’t measure up.

“For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you. please.” -Galatians 5:17

Part of our saying that we BELIEVE is acknowledging our sinfulness, accepting it’s consequences and admitting that in our on limited human strength and power, we can do nothing to save ourselves and live the life we were created for. We don’t need to dwell on this part of our life and living, but we do need to be honest and real about it, because that is a vital part of our being able to allow Spirit to do His work in and through us.

Yes, we have messed up and we will mess up, but God loves us and has a plan to use it all for His glory and our blessing as we trust in Him. So own your stuff, admit and learn from your sins, mistakes and failures. Learn to yield to the SPIRIT and you will overcome the desires of the flesh that attempt to pull you off track and out of the will of God’s blessing.

It’s not easy, but it is possible and it’s the relationship you were created for…