WHAT DO YOU ACCEPT?
What you do matters but not much? What you are matters tremendously. Catherine Doherty
In these extraordinary times. So many are believing what they admire and revere allows them to ignore sin in their lives. We have a false sense of superiority. I believe that is why God is not needed in so many of our lives as Christians. We think we are God and we are above sin
Not too long ago I was going to my High School reunion of 50 years. I had reconnected with some old High School friends on facebook. It was so much fun to see and hear from them. Yet I saw a bragging and comparing that shocked me. It occurred to me that some were comparing how old others looked compared to them. Everyone looking for a way to be better that the other. Look at my status. How sad that they were not looking for the Godliness of each other especially at this age. I met one women from school in Sams Club and she said it made her sick the way we were talking about God all the time on facebook, She was referring to me. It was sad to see that she was still very unkind and rude and had not changed after all these years.
Who do you accept as part of your inner circle? Do you accept them if they have a title. Or do you make sure that you have titles so that you can lord it over others?
I saw a really cool picture of a brown egg and a white egg used to explain the differences in skin color. When they cracked the egg open, they both were the same. I loved that it showed we are the same even though we appear different on outside
That is the message of this article, we are all the same and hurt inside the same. I write for my own healing. It helps me to explain my thoughts and feelings. I then have inner healing. My hope is that you are healed also.
Here is a list of examples where we exclude others;
Only accept your nationality and exclude everyone else
Only accept those of your religion
Only accept those who are your political party
No accepting your spouses mother by making fun or pointing out faults to embarrass your partner.
Leaving out Older or younger people out because of their age
Teachers that work hard are ridiculed and feared by those that don’t do their jobs
Exclude those who are new
When someone has goodness exclude them
When you think someone is smarter or not at smart as you
Looking down on poor, or anyone you perceive to be less affluent.
Thinking you are responsible for what God has done for you, and judging others with bad luck as lesser
Bully’s try to bring down the good because of there own feelings of fear and anger. No one likes a bully and they also do not want them to hurt them. ,We see bullying in Church leadership. It has no place but we see it. When we see Aggressivenes,Scowling and critical attitude in our relations, with our friends or subordinates, it is bullying.
On facebook , a Teacher showed the class 6 shiny apples, all looked good. She earlier had taken one of the apples and thrown it on the floor many times. When class started she started passing 5 of the apples around and told the kids to say nice things to the apples. Then she took the one she had thrown on floor, they did not know this , and told them to say mean things to the apple. When they had finished she cut all the apples open. The one they said bad things to was all bruised inside. She then told them that is what bullying does to our insides. No one could see that the apple was bruised from the outside. She then said it hurts on inside but we cannot see it on the outside.
1John 4: 18
There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.
If we are hurt over and over again we begin to fear everyone. We react negatively. We allow others to control our lives because of fear. We loose ourselves and our self esteem along with it. It is not good to let self pity take over our thoughts. I go to confession if I see myself being controlled by negative thoughts and fearing what others think about me. Winston Churchill said “ You have enemies? Good that means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. A lot of people are afraid to tell the truth, to say no. That’s where toughness comes into play. Toughness is not being a bully. It’s having a backbone.
8 Finally, brothers, let your minds be filled with everything that is true, everything that is honorable, everything that is upright and pure, everything that we love and admire — with whatever is good and praiseworthy.
We are all insecure some way or another. The devil has known you from birth and knows how to push your buttons. We must resist the devil and he will flee. So the above scripture is for you to remember about yourself. Here is what you say,
I am worthy and a success because I am smart. Even if others reject me I will not believe them. I am confident and will not compare myself to anyone. I am good enough for everything and everyone in my life. I will no longer listen to other’s words with the wounded child that lives in me, who needs acceptance and love. I am a Saint, Chosen, Holy, Dearly Loved by God.
THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!
Self-deprecating is often disguised as humility and that is a lie. God’s word say “I do all things through God who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13. What do you tell yourself, this is more important than what others call you. Are you too young like Jeremiah? Do you have a speech impediment like Moses, How about too old, too stupid without degree and the self deprecating can go on and on. How long will you continue to accept your own self abuse. Who is the accuser? Who loves us just as we are flaws and all? Do not believe you are not good enough. You are Worthy, Intelligent, Competent, Confident and totally sufficient in everyway. Does that make you feel uncomfortable? Accept that you are perfect for what God has chosen you to do for him. However, do not get overly full of yourself and forget that God has done it all and you need to continue to turn to Him.
“By the grace of God I am what I am.” 1 Corinthians 15:10
Everything you have is for Gods Glory.
If you are different GOOD, it has a very important purpose.
Who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? 1 Corinthians 4:7
So do not get puffed up if you are in favor and do not get discouraged if your being persecuted. Stay balanced and know where everything you have comes. Success comes in many different ways. God is a God of surprises.m