I fell into bed completely exhausted after another long day of meetings. All I could think about was everything I still had left on my to-do list, including laundry sitting on the kitchen table waiting for the angels to fold it, kids’ uniforms that were not washed for school the next day, an unreturned phone call from my mother, and an inbox so full it had stopped receiving any more emails.
Have you noticed that we spend a huge portion of our lives thinking about all the things we haven’t done, what we do not have time for and who we are not? Before our feet hit the ground in the morning, we already feel we are behind, lacking or losing – and we go to bed at night feeling we never did quite enough.
If we only focus on what we do not have or devalue the little we do have, we will surely despair. We need to arise, change our posture and perspective and begin to see all that we have in Christ, all that we are in Christ and all that we can do through Christ.I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the LORD should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for it.” So David made extensive preparations before his death (1 Chronicles 22:5).
This verse has to be one of my favorites in the entire Bible. I love the fact that David makes no apologies about the kind of house that must be built for the Lord. It was to “be of great magnificence and fame and splendor,” one that exceeded every expectation.
I believe that is exactly how we should see the church of Jesus Christ today. Our lives should make people stop and wonder, “How is this possible?”
If the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives on the inside of you and me, how could we live lives that are any less? Our God lives in us!
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we should not shrink back from all that God has called us to do. We all carry the Spirit of God Himself within us, and there is nothing ordinary about that. It is magnificent.
The world would love to keep the church small, but God has called His bride to be great. Let’s not be afraid of loving God’s house, serving there and building exceedingly magnificent lives that bring glory to the One who lives within us. The more we allow the fruit of the Spirit to be developed in our lives, the more like Him we become and the more splendid our lives become.
Believe for big things, dream extravagantly, expect God to do great things, and let’s make His name famous across the earth.
When it comes to relationships, the first thing we must remember is that they must be life-giving rather than life-depleting. Some of us struggle because we have allowed relationships to flourish that are full of toxic emotions such as negativity, criticism, comparison, jealousy, insecurity and fear. We can’t pursue God’s purpose for our lives if we are constantly weighed down by negative relationships.
Let’s evaluate the relationships in our lives and build those that help us work toward our purpose and destiny. Determine which ones have the biggest influence on us, which ones help and which ones hinder, and which ones encourage us to know God more every day.
Choose friendships that are full of life!The righteous choose their friends carefully … (Proverbs 12:26)
Busy, busy, busy … we are always so busy. Many of us are driven by the urgency of our schedules because we have wasted so much time on relatively purposeless activity. We need to evaluate:
What things in my life can I replace with time for me, in order to recharge and just breathe?
I have found that the greatest gift I can give Nick and the girls is a healthy me, and the only way I am able to be the best me is if I have taken the time to recharge my soul and spirit.
An essential by-product of stopping to breathe and still our spirits and minds is that it gives God time to get a word in edgewise and speak to us. So much of our mental confusion, emotional upheaval and physical exhaustion would greatly dissipate if we would simply take the time to stop, breathe and lean into the presence of God.
Today, take some time to stop and breathe.He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)