Sunday, March 28, 2010

Spiritual Sunday: Hush...






I don’t know about other Christians, but when God convicts me about a certain subject… it is everywhere!


It will come up in conversation; I will see it on TV, hear it on the radio or read it in a book…


Since I was a teen, I have been wondering…



(this was in my mailbox yesterday morning)



I have talked and talked and
talked about this subject with my “girls”… many who are in their mid- 20s like me…


We have all had these same feelings of insignificance and confusion.


Constantly trying to figure out:


Who am I? Who do I want to be, what career do I want to have, what outreaches would I like to be a part of, what talents do I have, what kind of life do I want to lead?


Which sometimes equates to
:


I want people to think I am a good person, I want to be a person that others look up to.

I want to do something important and noteworthy.

I want other people's approval.


We focus completely on ourselves and what we want out of life, but we skirt around the real issue.


What does God want?


I have
finally come to a realization…


I. Need. To. Be. Quiet.



Stop complaining, stop obsessing, stop over-analyzing...


I am so busy scrutinizing every single aspect of my life that I am missing all the opportunities that I have to just live it!


To enjoy it…


I know what God wants from me. It is actually very simple.


He wants me to love Him and love others.


That’s it.


We make God and our lives so complicated.


If I am truly loving and serving Him, He will take me where He wants me to go.
It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.
I just have to let go of all my personal garbage and focus.



On Him.



Let the other stuff just fall away.


He has prepared a path for us, but we aren't going to have it all figured out tomorrow.


It is a lifestyle... He can and will lead us day to day.


We just have to have patience and tune in.


Stop talking...


And
Listen.





Last night, I read this email that was exactly what I needed…

It is from a writer with Proverbs 31 Ministries named Sheri Braendel.

I think she states it perfectly…

“…I decided that day to stop talking about myself. I decided to quit depending on other people's thoughts about what I was doing, or how I was doing it. I decided that the only One I needed to impress was God. I knew that it wasn't going to happen without thought and planning. This desire for approval was not going to go away by itself.

First, I sat down and had a good cry. Then I consulted God and prayed. I made a decision to be quiet about myself for 30 days. Whenever I talked to someone, I would not mention "me" at all. I would not recount my accomplishments, my breakthroughs, or my shortcomings.

Nothing.


I decided to begin listening to others as if hearing them for the first time. If they asked about me, I would simply answer, "I'm doing great, thank you." That's it. No more information. I wanted to turn outward and begin to invest in other people's lives.

…It's funny how when we turn attention away from ourselves, we end up feeling more complete in the end.

Because truly, the only thing that completes us is God.



Ephesians 2:10:

10) For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.