A Higher Plan

While away at a funeral, I received two pieces of disturbing news. Sometimes we find ourselves feeling hemmed in, standing with our backs up against a wall. This feeling comes when the master plan we have for our lives crumbles or takes a drastic turn in direction. It is in these times when we have the most difficult time trying to maintain space for the Spirit in our heart and mind to surround, protect and direct us to keep our focus on the bright light that now seems more like a flickering flame. I believe that funerals were meant to celebrate the freed life of the Spirit. With the gifts attributed to that Spirit, the memories which affected our lives; we now have the privilege and responsibility of adding to our own gifts of the Spirit to carry forward and use to affect more lives, reigniting that flickering flame. When we receive news that perhaps means the death of some plan in our lives, let us remember that there is but one master plan designed to keep the flame of the Spirit burning brightly. It pierces the darkest of hours in order that we may see our selves through and frees us from the “mental entrapment” we’re experiencing and prepares us to receive a higher plan in our lives.

For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life (Ephesians 2:10).

Don’t Take It Personal

 

…and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.  Matthew 7:22-27  Any ministry, ordained or lay sometimes requires difficult decisions; weighing benefit vs. loss, constructive vs. destructive, and humility vs. pride. The first two are generally easy because they usually don’t involve personal relationship. As some would say, “It’s just business.” On the other hand humility and pride is always personal. As we engage one another and reach out to do what we believe God is calling us to do, without thinking about it (and if only for a moment), we influence change or positively impact someone’s life. We all know however that our good intentions don’t always insure positive response. We all can have bad days, but when someone takes their bad day out on us, it’s a painful and humiliating experience. The pride we had in doing what we do is shaken to our very core. Yet, what we find at the core makes the difference in what we do next. Don’t take it personal. We are not driven by loss, destruction or pride, but by the grace of God’s love and kindness. Know the bad days don’t last but God’s Love endures forever.

For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.  Ephesians 2:1-10

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