Monday, June 14, 2010
Who Are You?
So it is already 5:00 on this lovely Monday, June 14, 2010! I trust everyone had a great weekend! I know mine was a little bit of hectic tossed with a little bit of awesome!
We had a fabulous service at our church yesterday - let's hear it for Pastor Dave at East Coast Christian Center for his message on Faithfulness! Some of the things Pastor Dave said really struck a chord with me and got me to thinking of several things. But today on the radio show, Morning Breath -- 91.5fm 7:30am, 4:00pm -- Pastor Dave said something that really hit home and confirmed some ideas I had in my brain from some things he had said during church yesterday. And what I'd like to write about today!
I think a lot of us can say we've been through the ringer asking the question, "What am I supposed to be doing with my life?" Well, today Pastor Dave said something so simple yet so profound that I think will help answer that question: "If you do not know who you are than you will have a really hard time figuring out what you are supposed to be doing." That rang so loud in my heart because of it's truth. I've heard other people say it this way, "If you don't know WHOSE you are..." Either way you put it there is a huge truth for us to learn here. If we claim the name of Christ as our Saviour and we say we want to walk in faith, those days of feeling like what we do doesn't matter or that no one appreciates us, would not be days they would only be fleeting moments - if even that! If you know you are His then you never have to question your purpose. You would know without question that your work was not in vain. Frustration comes when the enemy has convinced you that you are not worth something. You flit and float around trying to figure out where you are supposed to be, what you're supposed to be doing. All the while you've been called to serve and not to be served. You are not here on this earth to fulfill yourself and your own desires and abilities, you are here to serve the Kingdom, God will make room for those gifts and abilities if you'd stop trying so hard to do so. We tend to jump ship when we feel those frustrations coming on. I always tell people who move from place to place, "no matter where you go, you will always be right there with yourself." Because until you are able to do the proverbial, "Let go and Let God", and allow Him to fill that void you feel in your life - yes, even as a Christian - no matter WHAT you do, nothing is going to fulfill that need to know you are His!
If you are in the middle of a place that feels frustrating and empty, get your focus back on the Lord. Stop concentrating so diligently on your own problems and just start concentrating on what will help further the Kingdom of God. Pastor Dave said that as soon as he stopped asking the questions about what he should be doing, where he should be going, that doors started to open for him and he knew he was right where he should be. That's just how God works. No matter where you are at, He will continue to try to teach you the same lessons until you finally get it through your head that you matter to Him and that you can lay down all pretenses and just BE. Your life will flourish when you stop trying so hard and accept that you are His. So stop trying to figure it all out and you'll figure it all out!