… walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God (Ephesians 5:2).
You know, there is something endearing when a person wants to do something, as opposed to having to do something.
I have discovered that if I can shift my perspective from a “have to” approach to a “want to” approach, then I can stop procrastination from taking hold in my life. When I think of the fact that I want to be fit rather than I have to go on a diet, I tend to make the right choices each day. When I want to share my faith rather than have to give my testimony, it is amazing how many more opportunities open up.
Wanting to do something is the first step. You will find that when your perspective changes, so do your circumstances.
Ask God to give you a “want to” in the areas where He wants to work in your life. He will do it!
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
Think about this: When you are in love, you do not want to sleep; you want to be wide awake, enjoying every moment of every day with your beloved. You get closer and closer. Your lives begin to merge – you begin to love what he loves, and you start to enjoy the things that she enjoys. Love awakens us.
Nothing else will keep us awake. It is love that causes us to behold Jesus, and when we behold Him, we enlarge Him and become like Him. We begin to think how He thinks, say what He would say, and act how He would act.
That’s why I believe that in order to wake up to the purpose of God for our lives and the world around us, we must return to our first love … Jesus. Soon, His heartbeat becomes our heartbeat; His passions become our passions; and His priorities become our priorities.
All of us struggle with feelings of inferiority, insecurity and self-doubt, especially when we compare ourselves with others. It is easy to forget that God made us unique, special and perfectly fitted for His purposes when we spend all our time looking at how others have been shaped and molded. We feel that we are not as good looking as someone else, or as happy, smart, talented, eloquent, artistic, creative, holy, fit or thin.
Instead of rejoicing in who God has made us to be and pursuing His purpose for our lives, we focus on our limitations. This comparison trap is paralyzing. No one wins except the enemy.
When you discover who you are in Christ and what He has uniquely fashioned you to do, you will be better at being you than anyone else ever could be! Determine to be the best you that God has made you to be!
But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? (Romans 9:20-21)
If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself. (2 Timothy 2:13)
You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9).
Catherine Bobbie is our firstborn. She’s a beautiful, wonderfully-charismatic little “princess.” Catherine was convinced of this as a toddler. Of course, Nick and I encouraged this behavior. What we didn’t take into account was the fervor and zeal with which she would embrace her faux royalty.
She would wear one of her favorite princess outfits everywhere we went. On a dinner outing one evening, Catherine noticed one of the seating areas in the restaurant was closed off and made a beeline for it. When the waitress graciously pointed out that there was no seating in that particular section, Catherine looked up and said very sweetly and sincerely, “I’m a princess. Can’t I sit anywhere I want to?”
I have to admit that I love this quality about my daughter. She truly believes she is special. It took me years to walk with the confidence and love for myself that Catherine so naturally exhibits.
I can’t imagine a better start in life for Catherine than knowing who she is in Christ. After all, God calls us His sons and daughters, and that makes us royalty!
We truly are sons and daughters of the King, the apple of our heavenly Father’s eye.