Thursday, August 13, 2015
For some time now,
my prayer has been that I stay small.
That when others see me,
they do not actually see me,
but see my Savior,
and the glory of The One I serve.
Now don't get me wrong....this is my desire,
and yet I have found it very hard
and at times painful.
Staying small and becoming smaller still...
It is costly, and the process hurts.
Giving up what attention for a job well done can bring
Or seeing others take credit for "my" hard work
And then there is the constant stepping back
from my drive to be in the thick of things.
Discarding the need to explain myself
Being content with others not understanding
accepting times when I am made the scapegoat
letting go of
removing the things that could mask who I belong to
yielding for others
surrendering my agenda
cutting loose anything that holds me back from becoming
smaller and smaller
less and less
until I am only proclaiming God's reasons
and none of my own
This world does not understand,
It trumpets songs of self
we are encouraged to take pictures of our self
and even talk about our self (like what I am doing now!!!)
Focusing on our progress, our success,
striving for happiness
I have tried it
I am not any happier
I have found there is only one place where peace resides
long lasting peace that can not be found
in a drug,
or any other place
that is in my Heavenly Fathers hands
so that He can be seen through my circumstances
by a world full of self seekers.
So small that His Glory is unmistakable.
Philippians 2: 5 -11(ncv)
In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus
Christ Himself was like God in everything.
But He did not think that being equal with God
was something to be used for His own benefit.
But He gave up His place with God
and made Himself nothing.
He was born as a man
and became a servant.
And when He was living as a man,
He humbled Himself and was fully obedient to God,
even when that caused His death--death on a cross.
So God raised Him to the highest place.
God made His name greater than every other name
so that every knee will bow to the name of Jesus--
everyone in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.
And everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord
and bring glory to God the Father.