When I think about my life, I like things to be easy breezy. I like consistency, comfort, and convenience. I like it when things go my way, when there are no hiccups in the road ahead. I am a fan of clear-cut paths, straightforward agendas, and no deviation from my plan.
Hilarious, right? Life doesn't usually happen that way! There can be endless twists and turns, huge bumps in our roads, and anything but clear-cut paths.
All too often, I feel like everyone has "it" together but me!
Ah, yes. "It." The whole enchilada, so to speak, of having one's life so beautifully put together that not one thing is out of place.
I'm noticing that I have a tendency to believe the lie that I am the only one that's ever struggling. Everyone else has "it" together! Silly, right? Of course everyone else is struggling. Of course everyone has their own battles to be fighting.
Here's a secret: there's not one person in the earth that is perfect.
We are all broken and flawed, hand-stitched by our Master Creator!
Friends, there is power in banding together in the midst of our struggles. There is such power in leaving our fake selves at the door in the name of honesty and integrity of relationships.
I am starting to read The Circle Maker and the companion devotional, Draw the Circle. In my reading today, what was written struck me: "When you follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, you never know who you'll meet, where you'll go, or what you'll do. But one thing is certain: it'll be anything but boring!"
Friends, we are not called to live "ho-hum" lives. The Lord has given us His spirit to spread to others! God orchestrates the divine appointments, and we are called to keep the appointment!
Receive Romans 8:15-17 (MSG). "This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!"
This passage is such an awesome reminder that God doesn't call us to have "it" together. He loves us where we are, in the moment, and is calling us into a life of adventure with Him!
Let's see what Papa God has in store for tomorrow!
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