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Thoughts from my heart


His glory > our gift

Being on an assignment from God doesn’t mean you’ll be in the spotlight. After all, He’s the one we’re supposed to point people to, not ourselves. But I’ll admit that’s not always easy. Sometimes we can so desperately seek for that pat on the back and recognition. It can become so easy for us to feel like we need to be appreciated. The thing is, that’s not up to us. That is God’s job. And when we become so adamant on being recognized instead of God, it’ll show real quick and let me tell you something: it’s not pretty.
 

Recently, I had these thoughts arise in my head of how nice it would be if more people took appreciation of the things that I’ve done but that big head didn’t last long. I knew already that was dangerous territory and thankfully I have a Godly woman in my life who told me I didn’t have time to throw a pity party for myself. God’s correction isn’t anger or frustration but love in the right direction.

 

Whatever God has called you to do at the moment, whether it be to witness to someone at work, hold a bible study in your home or love on the homeless, never let anything distract you from the task. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being recognized but it should be on God’s terms, not ours. His glory is always greater than our gift. Never get the two mixed up.

 

That day I asked for forgiveness. Yeah, the other “f” word that we don’t seem to like. Asking for forgiveness isn’t about being right or wrong but rather our desire to be fully aligned with God and His word for our life. That narrow gate that God is calling us down doesn’t include all the baggage that we sometimes want to carry along.

 

Father forgive me for trying to shine light on myself rather than on you. Help me to see past my own desires and focus in on what’s important; obeying you. Jesus, help me to not become distracted. Purify my heart and remove any negative thoughts and distractions from my mind. Thank you Father God for the assignment you have given me and help me to finish what I have started, just like you finish everything you have started. Help me Lord to not seek man’s approval but to seek your face instead. You are worthy Jesus. I live for you and you alone. So, help my life to reflect just that.



 

I hear the Lord saying, “I will stay close to you,

   instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life.

   I will advise you along the way

   and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide.

   So don’t make it difficult; don’t be stubborn

   when I take you where you’ve not been before.

   Don’t make me tug you and pull you along.

   Just come with me!”

Psalm 32: 8-9 The Passion Translation


 

Blessings,
Joanna

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