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The world sets standards and we push to prove ourselves to the world. We think nothing of it as we strive to be better than the next person. Our ego wants us to be better than them in all ways imaginable: better car, better house, better looking, better kids, better at this and better at that. The media pushes it at us from every direction; clothing, billboards, commercials. It is subliminal sometimes and we buy into the mindset.
Yet, when it comes to our spiritual life we become wimps, milk-toast, wall-flowers. Scared about what His word tells us to do. Scared to take a stand. We buy into satan’s* lies and hide. We cannot DO IT! We do not know how to DO IT! Excuses, we have plenty. The Holy Spirit urges you to spend more time with your family in His word, in worship. You see a need and you think, “next time”. That hurting homeless person on the side of the street you see gets a “quickie” prayer, “Lord help them.” Your child’s classmates need shoes. The elderly neighbor just wants someone to take time to talk with them. The Spirit nudges and you keep moving, in the opposite direction … too busy to JUST DO IT.
We are so prone to talk about the things we are going to do when we have time. A mission trip, the soup kitchen, the coat drive…. making up handouts for the homeless**. Jesus’ first miracle recorded in John 2, tells of His mother asking for help. She told the others, “do what He tells you to do”. And they simply did as they were told. It would be so wonderful if we would simply do as we are led. Our cups overflow with His love through His gift of salvation. He wants you to share His love. JUST DO IT.
Start each day asking the Lord to use you in His will. When He shows you a need JUST DO IT. Do not stop and think you are not capable.
ROMANS 8:26-28 26 In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. 27 And He who searches the hearts knows the Spirit’s mind-set, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.
He has a plan for your day. Open yourself up to the possibilities. As a parent, grandparent, co-worker, spouse … God uses each of us each day IF we allow Him. We are not puppets and He is not a puppet master. It is our choice. Do not think about it, JUST DO IT! No matter what He is asking you to do today, no matter what obstacles and trials He allows you to go through, it is for a reason. He is there through it all, working it for GOOD.
NEVER forget that the day ahead of you carries no task or trial that is greater than the POWER behind you as a Christian.
*satan – I know people capitalize the “S” but, I don’t. I refuse to give him any status of importance. He’s a snake, so satan, devil, etc. are lower case, as he is one.
** Homeless handouts: NEVER give cash, but you can carry several 1 gallon zip lock bags (something they can use later when it is empty) filled with: Tuna packet, crackers, snack size nuts, etc.. Include: package of tissues, comb, trial sizes of hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc. You can put a New Testament or Christian track in there as well.