Saturday, August 25, 2012
A post from June 2012... I often come back to remind myself:
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (ESV)
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (NIV)
DO Justice/ ACT Justly ...Lauren, don't just "think" just thoughts but act on them, work towards justice and display consistency, fairness, honor and integrity daily.
LOVE Mercy ...don't just act out merciful things, Lauren. Believe that God desires heart-felt mercy and love mercy with everything you have. Turn the other cheek, Lauren. Believe the best of people and let things roll off your back when you are offended or frustrated or misunderstood. God is pleased when you hold your tongue and let it go. Don't allow raw emotion to overcome your love of compassion and tenderness.
WALK Humbly ...Action, Lauren, action.... think and do. God first, people next, me last. Don't assume I know what's best for others, or even for myself. Don't assume so much and don't feel like everything is directed at you unless you legitimately feel convicted by the Holy Spirit. **(God please help that become blatantly obvious and get rid of all the false guilt in me).
Be confident in Christ and suffer to self. God is pleased with long suffering, Lauren. He is pleased when you wait with patience and persevere. He is pleased when you choose to be content with what he's blessed you with right now. He is pleased when you rely on Him and not on your own personal goals. He is pleased when you submit to His plan and take it one day at a time. He is pleased when you rise above the past, when you rise above experience and assumptions. He is pleased when you praise him first. He is pleased when you push pride aside completely and ask for help. He is pleased when you control yourself, not other people. He is pleased when you don't pridefully push your case. He is pleased when you use your gifts for His glorification. He is pleased when you hope in the future even when you can't see it. Don't try to measure up to those around you, no matter how close the situation, age or relationship. Trust that God's opinion is the only one that really counts. Believe it daily.
Focus on these things, Lauren. He say's He will be pleased. HE IS PLEASED WHEN YOU DO THESE THINGS. BELIEVE IT.
Just breathe...and rest... and trust.