Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
“Run, run—as fast as you can! You can’t catch me! I’m the gingerbread man!” Maybe I’m pulling a little bit too much of the Grammy thing into this blog, LOL. This nursery rhyme written long ago, ties in perfectly with this verse. Do you wonder why?
Lately, I’ve been running into a lot of people with very high expectations for themselves. So high, in fact, I doubt if they will ever reach them. They’re running and running but getting nowhere.
Though it’s good to set goals, perfection should be off the table. That has been saved for our eternity with Heavenly Dad.
Why am I talking about this? When the subject of God comes up with people who are actually interested in getting to know Him, these underlying expectations surface. These individuals might cuss, smoke, drink, whatever they feel is a sin or not worthy of God. The funny thing is, I don’t say a word. It’s their convictions, not mine.
I’m just another sinner saved by grace. I don’t have the time or the energy to judge anyone else’s actions when I have enough crap on my own plate I’m trying to deal with. It’s funny the way they look at me like I’m supposed to acknowledge that they are a heathen or something. I feel like they would feel better if I would judge them, as a punishment for/to themselves. It’s not gonna happen.
I want to share with them that God wants them as they are. They don’t need to clean themselves up, per se, to come to Him. His hands, with the nail prints, are open for them NOW. He wants them just the way they are.
Don’t get me wrong, once we fall in love with Him, we won’t want to do some of the things that we’re doing. We will want to change to become more like Him. The difference is, we can rely on His help to get rid of the baggage that has been holding us back/down. When these actions are stealing our attention and robbing our lives of joy and relationship, He says,”Give them to me. You’ve carried them long enough. You are a new creation and this isn’t who you are. This is not a part of who you were created to be so step away from it-run. You won’t go back because when you are tempted to, you will, again, give it to me.”
“I’ve got this.”
We then have the freedom to do what we were created to do—the TRUE desires of our hearts. Do you know what those are? I didn’t until I asked Him.
I didn’t know that I would love standing in front of 110 blank faces of 2nd-4th graders to teach them who Jesus is and about His love.
I didn’t know my heart would be blessed by standing in front of 50 crafting ladies teaching them how to make 3-D flowers. I excitedly shared the beauty that God instilled in Linda and Emma Lou (Heartfelt ) to share with others. I didn’t know until I asked and He sent people to open those doors of opportunity.
The rest of my heart’s desire was to be a wife and mom. When, at the age of 45, the wife part ended in loosing my love to cancer and at 48 walking my only daughter down the isle to give her to another, the desires were all gone. I had to ask for a renewed heart and new dreams. He blessed me with Eric.
With blessing does not come instant understanding. I did/do not know how to love Eric the way he needs to be loved. Heavenly Dad is teaching me, I’m trusting Him, and Eric is tolerating me, moment by moment as the new love and understanding unfold.
How does all of this start? It’s as easy as ABC:
Talk to Him.
Admit you have sinned and you are sorry (be as specific as possible and you’ll feel a lot better). Please know that sin was what was separating you from Heavenly Dad and there was price to pay.
Believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay, once and for all, for that sin. Because of this sacrifice, you are no longer separated from Heavenly Dad. He hears your every whisper. You will never be alone again.
Choose to follow him. Get into his word. It’s an amazing book! It’s full of adventure, romance, words of wisdom, parables, people who screw up, people who do things right, mystery, prophecy, everything you could ever want to read.
No different than a parent that keeps their child from sticking their finger in a light socket, He, too, has guidelines for you to live by. Get to know those so you can be safe and free.
Lastly, tell the world! Don’t hide your light! Be baptized and wash away the old and show the world that you are new. The old is gone, the new has come.
What’s keeping you down with the chains of your baggage? How long do you want to carry it? When you are done… Done… He’s waiting for you.
I love you dear friends. Until next time: blessings!