During a trip I encountered an uncomfortable situation that gave me a choice. I had a choice to stay in my flesh or deny my flesh and grow. Feeling a certain type of way, I chose to grow. I recognized the opportunity and genuinely wanted to reflect Christ. I wanted God to do something in me and I wanted it with a passion! Handling this situation like everybody was wasn’t going to be effective. So the anguish/unwillingness/irritation turned into excitement/desire/longing as I chose to submit to God’s characteristics. I had the chance to be a real Christian…a real follower of Christ but I needed all the help I could get from the Holy Ghost. Thank God that He is the ultimate help!
I took it to God. When I felt like I wanted to stay in this flesh I called on Jesus! The process was not cute. It looked like a lot of pausing, thinking intently before I made a facial expression, before I spoke, or made any movement. I needed to be conscience of what was my voice vs. what was the Lord’s voice(not that this isn’t a daily thing but it was on steroids). I can’t say that I got an A+ but I was indeed willing to grow once I made up my mind to reflect Christ. I believe that is what God wants from these earthen vessels. I felt like I could relate to
2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
His grace was and is truly sufficient for me and the same goes for you! That situation on your job, in your home, with your spouse, with your children, in your church, regarding your car, with your family, or anything else in life that challenges you to grow, it allows you to see how God’s grace is sufficient for you. So I encourage you not to stay there, take it to God and….grow.
Can I say another thing?
No matter what…God is still God.
This is a picture of one of my watches. It’s cute but it’s not functional. We don’t have to be like this watch. It was not 7 o’clock 😉