Sometimes I let people down. Do you? Sometimes I let myself down.
It’s gotten harder in our world of instant everything. To take the time to think before we speak, act, react – seems archaic. So there’s face time, instant messaging, texts, and more. ‘Instants’ we can’t take back – at least not without damage done.
Then, too, our world is all about self – abandoning any thought of sacrifice for others. Does this person make me uncomfortable? Will that job affirm my self-esteem? If there’s any left over at the end of the month, then I’ll give some away. “Treat others just as you want to be treated. “ (Luke 6:31 CEV)
I’m learning more these days about how we disguise our ‘self’ stuff as acceptable, after all we’re not as bad as the guy on the news or the lady two doors down.
So we’ll say Jesus is top priority. Then we demand our way at the expense of another’s feelings. We justify our speeding while we give the dirty look to the slow driver. All this is selfishness and selfishness is the root of all s-i-n. “How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:4 NLT)
Just today, for the third time in one week on the same subject, I have tried to manipulate my hubby into fixing the water issue at our house. I’ve tried to guilt him into it. I’ve tried everything but…trusting that he knows the issue, the urgency, and it will get done.
This is bossy me. Maybe for you it’s not bossy, maybe its overwhelmed by life and seeking comfort in whatever form, or maybe its feeling like a failure. How can we replace these with good – and so glorify God? God wants us to realize He is always the answer. Bossy – name it and lift up your soul and ask for help. Seeking comfort in food or some other abuse – realize He is comfort, the best kind, ask. Telling yourself you’ll always blow it – He can redeem all our messes, surrender.
Nearer than our own heartbeat is the God who caused us to breathe – and He wants us to know in everything He is our answer and His love is for all times…
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Ouch! Good advice😊
Aww, I think you speak life when you share. Blessings as you rest in His ever present arms…
Thought provoking and much needed! Thanks for sharing it with us.
I am there right with you. Convicted. I needed this reminder. Thank you so much for sharing this. So often we just sweep over these instances of manipulating others. Thankfully God can redeem our messes!
Praising God with you that He does redeem those messes – He is ever so faithful. So lavish with His love. So generous with wisdom. Blessings as you let Him redeem…
Oh, Paris, I can see myself in your words. Thank you for such an honest and powerful post. I needed this reminder. I can be bossy and stubborn at times. I am certainly in need of redemption. Loved how you ended the article “He is our answer and His love is for all times…”
Laurie, never ceases to amaze me – my stubbornness and His amazing faithfulness. Such a blessing to travel in His love alongside a fellow bosser 🙂
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We need this reminder now and then, probably more often than we care to admit. Amen to this >>> “Nearer than our own heartbeat is the God who caused us to breathe – and He wants us to know in everything He is our answer and His love is for all times…”
So true, we fall away from His best so easily, but He is so faithful. Blessings as you trust Him…
Great post Paris! We need to pause & reflect on our patterns of behavior, especially before the Lord.