Can you feel what the Psalmist is saying here? Sister, I sure can.
Before God opened my eyes to who Jesus was and the love that He has for you and for me, I was gazing at life primarily through the lenses of “self-fulfillment.” And it doens’t help when the culture around us is viewing through those same spectacles. We try to be smart enough, strong enough, capable enough, kind enough, and as pretty as we are able to be…all the while realizing that we are on a constant treadmill of comparison. We wear ourselves down carrying the burden of “enough” and forget that others are too. Elisabeth Elliot understood this weariness personally…as well as shared how God changed her focus:
“Do you often feel like parched ground… unable to produce anything worthwhile? I do. When I am in need of refreshment, it isn’t easy to think of the needs of others. But I have found that if, instead of praying for my own comfort and satisfaction, I ask the Lord to enable me to give to others, an amazing thing often happens – I find my own needs wonderfully met. Refreshment comes in ways I would never have thought of, both for others, and then, incidentally, for myself.”Elisabeth Elliot
Sisters, one of the most freeing and liberating lessons Jesus has gifted me was/is learning that this life is not about me. (Galatians 2:20) Most certainly a new pair of lenses!! 👓 And certainly not a New York Times Bestseller we see flooding the shelfs of Barnes and Noble! (I like B&N, by the way) For that reason, some gals scanning this might be genuniely shocked at my statement! “Wait a sec. It’s not about grabbing the proverbial apple and eating it?” “So Mer, you’re saying that it’s not about getting what i want at all costs?” Lovingly I say, “yes, it’s not” to both of those questions. True love is not “self-focused,” but God-focused. It seeks the best for others and perseveres through times of hardship. Friends, the flesh vs the Spirit battle we fight daily humbly reminds us that we need Jesus’s help as to love others well. The love He gives is Living Water for our thirsty souls…and is meant to spill-forth to those around us. Saying a prayer for someone, initiating a “Hello” at the grocery store, texting a friend or family member with words that point-up and encourage, sending a card…just because, or leaving your neighbor some microwave popcorn bags with a note (“We popped-by to say ‘Thankful we’re neighbors’”). Sis, when you’re feeling the parchness of the “self” within a “me-centric” world, stop what you are thinking and pray. Pour-out your heart to God and find Him sufficient for every need, today. Gals, we are not Home yet. But while we’re journeying through in Christ, the Vine will give us abundant rest…oftentimes by helping us be a refreshement to others along the way. So thankful He crossed our paths! God’s got you! ♥️
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”CS Lewis
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Galatians 5:16-18 “…walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”
Romans 8:5 “For those who are in accord with the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are in accord with the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore, [a]encourage one another and build one another up, just as you also are doing.”
Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility consider one another as more important than yourselves;”
John 7:38 “The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”
Matthew 11:28-29 ““Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Acts 17:18 “for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His descendants.’”
John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches; the one who remains in Me, and I in him bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control;”
Galatians 6:1-10 “Brothers and sisters, even if a person is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual are to restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you are not tempted as well. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks that he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting, but to himself alone, and not to another. 5 For each one will bear his own load.
“6 The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him. 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a person sows, this he will also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will reap destruction from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9 Let’s not become discouraged in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not become weary. 10 So then, while we have opportunity, let’s do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.”
Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.”
2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness;”
1 Corinthians 16:14 “All that you do must be done in love.”