I live in the basement at our house, and the phone service and internet is often very slow. One morning I woke up and got very frustrated that I couldn’t get access to what I needed at the time (I’m not a morning person, so that could be part of the problem, lol). As I began to get ready for work that morning, I asked myself, “what spiritual lesson could I learn from slow internet access?” I’ve always loved looking at situations and thinking how they could be applied in a spiritual lesson. Not all situations are easy enough to turn around that way, but sometimes it completely switches the mood and atmosphere when you do look at it how God may look at it; it’s as if you’re seeing the situation through His eyes. Anyways, back to the lesson that I learned from having slow internet. I almost instantly got a revelation.
As we approach the end of this five day Encouragement series, I want to leave you with this:
Whether it be your coworkers, friends, family, or perhaps a complete stranger, make it an effort to make a positive difference in their life. Perhaps you have a difficult time putting the focus and “spotlight” on someone else. Do something nice for someone for a change. Be positive in this world. There is so much negativity and fear in this world. WE can be the change. Even if it’s a stranger walking down the road. You can make a difference. Go outside of your comfort zone to help someone, or open the door for someone. Try to figure out how each one of your family members feels loved, and then do your best to fill their love tank. Everyone deserves to be loved, and sadly not everyone in this world feels loved. This is why, as children of God, it is our responsibility to do our best to love His people. Perhaps there may be someone that we don’t necessarily like, like someone that we work with. In either circumstance, our job is not to judge and think negative thoughts about that individual. Though the temptation may come, we need to take our thoughts captive and turn them around.
From January of 2015:
When we look into the mirror, what do we see? Do we see ourselves through our eyes, or the way our Heavenly Father sees us? Do we spend enough time with Him to even know what He says about us? Perhaps learning how to think of yourself and your personal life on a deeper level from God’s perspective will help you understand how remarkably valued and treasured you are.
This entry was from December 14, 2014:
As a young person, I ask myself often, “What are God’s plans for my life? What am I to do next?” Sometimes I think I know where God is leading me but then the path that I started walking down slowly comes to a dead end and I find myself disappointed. I’ve personally had to learn to be okay with not having plans, and be okay with the changing of plans. Even if things don’t or didn’t go how planned, we need to remind ourselves that He is in control, and His plans are ultimately bigger and better. It’s often hard to just place our entire life and future into His hands. We become afraid of the unknown. Fear and doubt begin to reside within us. I’m learning and am continuing to learn every day how to let Him take the reigns in my life, and let Him take full control over every single detail that I encounter. I want Him in control. It’s just so easy to make our own decisions and take back the reigns that were never given to us to begin with.
I find it astonishing how brave and courageous Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were during those trying and demanding moments with king Nebuchadnezzar. When he demanded them to bow to statues and gods, they did not even have to think twice about what to do. They knew they only worshipped one true, living God – Yahweh Elohim, Lord of all. Though they worked in the king’s chambers (Dan 3:12), they did not bow down to him or any of his gods. They knew the charges that would take place for their actions. For it was a demand from the king of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into a huge, blazing hot fire (Dan 3:20). The men weren’t even afraid because they knew that God was with them. They even declared in a manner of words, that if there was a God that was able to save them, then He would. If not, they still would not bow down and worship false idols (Dan 3:17-18). The men of God walked into and out of that scorching furnace untouched, unhurt, without even one hair on their head singed (Dan 3:27). The Almighty had saved them from suffering and an undeserved death. From that day on, King Nebuchadnezzar vowed his life over to the God of Israel, the One who saved the three, courageous men.