A Thought for Your Thursday | When You Want Something Other

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You want to go out to dinner. They wish they had food in the fridge.

You want a house. They wish they could afford an apartment.

You want to retire. They want a raise.

You want a better job. They want a job, any job.

You don’t have enough money for vacation. They don’t have enough money to pay their bills.

You want to have children. They want to be married.

You don’t want children. They can’t have children.

You want what they have. They want what you have.

Have you ever stopped to think about how privileged you really are?

When you are caught up in the wanting, focused on the lacking rather than the having, have you ever stopped to think that someone else would GLADLY live the life you lead? They would love to swap seasons?

When you are caught up in jealousy, do you realize that you may be the object of someone else’s jealousy?

We all want something else, something other, something more. We feel the pull. We feel the discontentment swell.

So how do you fight it?

When comparison costs us joy let thankfulness drown discontentment.

Give thanks today for the things in your life. Name them out loud, big and small. Trump jealously by verbally giving thanks for the blessings in other people’s lives, even your “enemies” (how often do you do that?). Engulf envy before it has a chance to plant its roots in your heart.

Anchor yourself in the truth that Jesus is enough. He knows your needs. Where the ideal is lacking, His grace abounds. Cry out in your discontentment. He will stir your wanting for Him. For only He satisfies.

A Thought for Your Thursday | Hurt Heals

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All of us have more going on beyond the surface of our hearts. Different things will prick us in different ways depending on our certain season, when our senses are heightened in certain parts of our hearts.

How can we be sensitive to others sensitivity without taking responsibility for their sensitivity? How do we respond to those we have hurt when we never meant to hurt them? How do we balance saying “I’m sorry it hurt you,” when there was nothing inherently wrong with our act? When we aren’t sorry for our actions, but sorry of the result? How do we handle someone’s hurt which was not caused by but simply stirred, surfaced, by our actions?

God uses all types of situations in our lives to bring forth the junk in our hearts. Most of the times, He uses other people. And most of the times when we feel hurt we focus more on the anger or bitterness we have toward the person who hurt us, rather than focusing on the reason why we hurt. We say “look at what they did to me!” when God is trying to say “look at the condition of your heart.” We play the victim. The truth hurts, maybe that’s why we lie. We don’t want to deal with our mess so instead we try to blame someone else for causing it, when really it’s been there all along.

So to you who are hurting, would you be open to admitting you are hurt? Would you focus more on why you hurt than who hurt you? Would you be willing to let God illuminate something in your heart that He wants to change? Would you be sensitive to the fact that God hurts us to heal us?

To you who hurt another unintentionally, and are now hurting because they hurt, may false guilt not consume you. May you sift through the rubble and have great discernment as you replay the scene, when you examine your heart, when you seek where you might have done wrong. May you apologize when convicted. May you admit your wrongs if there are any. May you be kind and show compassion to the person, knowing there is a deeper issue at hand. But may you not shy away from firmly speaking the truth in love. May you stay to comfort when the truth hurts. Because sometimes hurting someone just might be the most loving thing you can do.

A Thought for Your Thursday

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“There is no ongoing spiritual life without this process of letting go. At the precise point where we refuse, growth stops. If we hold tightly to anything given to us, unwilling to let it go when the time comes to let it go or unwilling to allow it to be used as the Giver means it to be used, we stunt the growth of the soul. It is easy to make a mistake here, ‘If God gave it to me,’ we say, ‘its mine. I can do what I want with it.’ No. The truth is that it is ours to thank Him for and ours to offer back to Him, ours to relinquish, ours to lose, ours to let go of – if we want to find our true selves, if we want real life, if our hearts are set on glory” (Elisabeth Elliot).

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A Thought for Your Thursday

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Would things happen if we didn’t petition for them in prayer? 

Would my friend have gotten the job? Would my husband have had the opportunity to share the gospel? Would that guy have asked her on the date? Would I have made it on time? Maybe. Probably. If they were God’s will, yes. 
But if I hadn’t of prayed, would I have noticed God’s hand so evidently and been so thankful, giving Him the credit? Would I have been so awed and aware of Him? Most likely not. No.
Prayer positions us to see God at work and give Him the glory, praise and credit. Prayer isn’t about changing God. Prayer changes us. Prayer doesn’t change things, changed by prayer, He changes things through us. 

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