Sunday, July 28, 2013
true story bro
I often read "Good Morning Girls" on my facebook feed. If you are not familiar with them you should check them out. They posted this last week and it just struck me and prompted me to write this post.
My life . . . my everyday, not glamorous, regularly boring life . . . IS based on a true story. The true story is how Jesus Christ changed my life. It may not seem like much of a life to someone looking in, but if you could have seen what my life was becoming without Him, you would see the true miracle He has brought to my life.
Sometimes it's easy to look at someone else's life and say they could be so much bigger or better or this or that, but unless you know what they were before, you don't really know at all.
My life was pretty ordinary. I was raised in church my whole life. Baptized at eight years old. Saved at 16 and then for real baptized. After that I'm so thankful that God was holding me in His hand for the next 8 years, because I struggled a lot with faith and sin for those 8 years, until I met my husband, Santa. I was miserable and just barely keeping my head above water all that time. Then it was like a new life washed over me. It still took a long time before I felt I could honestly say I was "sold out" for Jesus. I had a lot of doubts and mistrust. But I am sure a lot of people could say the same thing about their life. Just simply deciding to follow Jesus isn't enough; it takes time to learn to trust Him and to really follow.
But God had me right where He wanted me that whole time. If He hadn't covered me with His hand, there is no telling where I would be today. Probably in AA wondering where all the years had gone.
Over these years I have learned not only how to trust Him more, but learned to be a submissive wife. Not a wimp, but a submissive wife and helper to my husband. Not a popular thing to be in today's society. I am sure God will teach me a lot more things in the future.
I was at the Mercy Me concert in Hot Springs, and the lead singer said something that really jolted me out of my chair. He was telling a story about what he thought the first thing he might do when he got to heaven. Of course, they sing the song "I Can Only Imagine", so no one really knows what they will do. But he said he used to think he would go up to Moses and ask him how it really was to part the Red Sea, because it looked so cheesy in that Charlton Heston movie. And he said, he imagined that Moses would say, "No, you tell me what is it like to have the Holy Spirit with you all the time?" Because Moses was with God and in the presence of God and then God left. That had to be so bittersweet. Yeah he was with God, but then God left.
Here we, as Christians, are walking around everyday, in our regularly boring lives WITH the Holy Spirit dwelling inside us. We cover him up with our smugness and our judgmental attitudes and our "self-righteousness" until no one can even tell.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2 (MSG)
We are so blessed to have the Holy Spirit with us all the time, and I don't think we even recognize that it wasn't like that for people in the Old Testament. You know? It made me think . . .
I have the Holy Spirit inside of me . . . so do I let people know it? Do I show others the love of the Father?
Like I said it really made me think. I hope this post helps you this week and that your life can truly be based on Jesus and be a true story!