In this life, we know we are to guard our hearts. Encounters with toxic people, the offended, the abusive, bullies and more. These reveal the necessity. They are in our workplaces and classrooms, even in our families and amongst the Body of Christ.
I specifically want to address guarding our hearts online, on Facebook and social media. Much of this comes from personal experience (including mistakes) as well as wisdom received from godly mentors and friends. Some can be applied offline as well.
To start: How do we guard our hearts? We guard our hearts in various ways. We do so by not letting others’ remarks and behaviors get to us. We take our fears, hurts and anxieties to Jesus and allow Him to wash us with His peace.
Furthermore, we guard our hearts by having boundaries and not allowing toxic people access. We guard our hearts like we do our living spaces. We do our part to keep out anything toxic. We don’t let potentially combustible items near the fire of Jesus’ love in our hearts. Continue reading
As believers in Christ, we should define success differently than those in the world. Yet often in Christianity, success is seen in very much the same way as the world. We feel we must do big things for God, and that other things are seen as less. Yet this is not always true.
We are often told to look for a “world changing” destiny for ourselves and this is communicated as something big, such as fame or other highly influential things. Yet firstly and primarily our calling is to know the heart and person of Jesus.
Our assignment may be big, small or somewhere in between. The best thing we can do is what God shows us, not comparing ourselves and our lives to others, who have different personalities, gifts, skills and assignments.
The truth is that most of us will do many seemingly small things, and these things matter to God! Not everyone will be on a stage or be well-known. In fact, it might be dangerous if we are seeking a big platform because this may not be what the Lord desires for our life on this earth. As we look for the big, we may even miss the “ones” He would have us go after, those He would leave the ninety-nine for who need His touch. Continue reading
How often do we search our hearts with the help of the Holy Spirit, seeking to know why we do what we do? Take the time, ask Him to shine the Light of His refining torch into your soul.
The things we do, do we do them to fulfill a need within us or because of wanting to share the love of God with others? For most of us, the answer will be both at times.
Each of us has longings. We all ache at times and seek to numb the pain through activity. We all experience emptiness that fuels what we do as we desire to be filled.
Christ wants to fill the emptiness. He wants to satisfy the ravenous wants we have as human beings. But it requires that we face the pain of not numbing ourselves.
We have to surrender the mindless actions we often undertake, such as repeatedly checking Facebook, sleeping away the day, or binge-watching the next new TV series. It requires that we cease doing things, even serving people, to try to grab onto anything to make us feel whole.
How often do we engage in activity for the sake of self over truly giving form an overflow of God’s love? At the least, we all love imperfectly. Each of us will be perfected in His love season by season as we grow in relationship with the Lord.
So what is Jesus wanting to work within us?