Since taking a small hiatus after a CRAZY few weeks, I’m back on the blog!
I honestly can’t remember a time when I’ve had to continuously put my agenda and plans on hold over such a long period of time. (And for someone like me, well, let’s just say that can be quite challenging.) It seems like week after week, I found myself rearranging my important schedule in order to fit in someone else’s more important needs. (Notice the attitude behind the italics?)
My life-altering, all-too-important blog writing, (that I absolutely love to do), has been sporadic at best. Instead, it’s been replaced with real “hands-on” work – the kind that I’d honestly prefer not to do because it requires sacrificial time, patience and committed servant hood. (Sleepless nights included.)
Quite frankly, it’s been a pain in the butt.
But boy, has it been worth it! I’ve seen lives changed forever. I’ve shared a lot of tears, pain, despair, joy and discovery. It took some time but after wallowing in crankiness awhile, I remembered something:
Serving others is what my life is SUPPOSED to be about.
At least, that’s the way I read it . . .
- “No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.” (1 Cor. 10:24, NIV)
- “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Phil. 2:3-4)
- “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10)
- “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16
- “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31)
One of my all-time favorite preachers, Jon Courson, once said that if you don’t want to feel put-out and frustrated all of the time (my paraphrase), then just always expect to be interrupted. That way you won’t ever be disappointed. I think there’s great wisdom in that.
I also think it’s time to recalibrate our priorities and decide what’s most important in life. Are we more “others” focused or “me” focused? Are we more heavenly minded or earthly minded? Are we able to drop our agenda’s without the attitude in order to put someone else’s needs first?
I’m not going to lie – this is a challenge for me. I still get stuck on, when’s it MY turn??
But I’d rather place my bets on God’s Word, trusting that good things will come to those that do. I hope you do too!
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