sometimes I look at my life and compare it to others and somehow the grass is always greener. somehow they accomplish things so much easier than I do. I seem to fail at the simplest of obstacles and everyday requires motivation for me to get up and get back on that hamster’s wheel. this has been my issue for the past frew years. My defeatist mentality. But now that I think about it , I just really need to continue trusting in God and continue making the changes I need to make in life. I realize that I’m in need of a complete overhaul. Not just a spiritual overhaul, but I’d say a physical one. I need to perhaps manage my money and my bills better and secondly (well when you caught the spiritual overhaul it’s really thirdly) my health. I figured if maybe I list the things I need to change, I’ll probably be better able to manage my life.
For weeks now I’d been asking God for my calling. Asking him what it was he needed me to to do and on Sunday he answered my prayers. I’ve been double-dipping between 2 churches of late. (see I haven’t found a church home as yet). There is one church in which the members are few but very warm and welcoming. Then one in which the members are many but kind of cliquish. Here’s a list of pro’s and con’s for Church #1.
Not room for much to be done by ordinary members.
Leadership has penchant for ignoring you unless you're related to one of them
I've been to about 5 of their services and have yet to hear the the Pastor invite people to accept Christ as their Savior
Very Sociable People
Leadership down to earth and approachable
more geared towards bringing souls to Christ.
Always in need of volunteers from the congregation so it gives one the chance to become a part of something.
So God’s been putting it in my head that If I started attending church #2 that I could do a lot of good there. I mean I’m far from a preacher or anything like that, but I know I should have some useful skills that would help in boosting membership. I will be checking out Church#2 this weekend once again. The first service I went to wasn’t too impressive but that could possibly be because they had a new preacher (I mean a fresh out of Seminary rookie) who kept stumbling over his words. I know he meant well. I just get the feeling that they all mean well and have set out to do the Lord’s work. I just believe they need a helping hand. Far be it for me to assume the responsibility but I’ve always been a sucker for the underdog and God has impressed it upon me long enough to know it’s not a fluke. The question is, where do I start?
if given to our own predilections, we tend to “pull rank” more often than not. I too am guilty of harboring an elitist mentality. maybe because It’s my way of being comfortable with self. But there is one thing that I need to be reminded of; and that is we are all here to serve a divine purpose. It hasn’t so much to do with our own wills and objectives. But it has to do with the will of our Father in heaven. We may not all be at the same level of learning in life. Our learning curves may differ. However, it does not make one lesser than the other. Because we are all meant to work together as a whole. The Body of Christ
Romans 12:2-10 (New International Version)
2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his[a]faith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
I have been praying for Forgiveness for oh so long. I could not for the life of me Fathom how God could forgive me for my multitude of sins. Sometimes i’d think my sins were so numerous that i’d be twice removed from his grace. Then today I was referred to this verse as i was reading the back of this book and it brought tears to my eyes reminding me that God’s mercy is nothing like ours and that he has the capacity to forgive us of our sins and wrong doings if we are truly contrite.
Psalm 103 (New International Version)
1 Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
I kept reading this book and he kept answering my questions and renewing my faith in him. Every single question I had in my heart he answered and that just let me know that I was not alone.