Let's face it. Life is hard.
Our identity as an individual is in constant strife--battling against the principalities of this world, and to top it off there is never-ending input from secular media, social surroundings, and false ideals that have been etched within the advanced first world society that we live in.
Is this introduction too raw in your opinion?
I think so too! But as I type this out, these are the very emotions and words that come to mind. Lately, I've been in deep reflection (when am I not?) of where I am in life and who I truly am. As I take my thoughts and questions to God in prayer, I constantly find myself concluding that no matter what I do or don't do isn't all that important.
That last statement doesn't really make sense, I know. But let me clarify what I mean by it.
You see, there have been quite a few transitions in my life as of late! (And they're all good ones) I can honestly say that I am infinitely grateful for those blessings in my life, but the fact of the matter is that my humanity can sometimes get the best of me. There are times when I need the constant reminder that this life isn't about me or how I perform, and that there is more out there. More amazing surprises that God has planned out for me. I know that the more I grow in spiritual maturity, the more I will be available to hearing His voice as well as be an empty vessel for Him and for others.
My prayer and goal in this life [and particularly this week] is that I will be completely emptied of my own selfish thoughts and desires. Oftentimes that sneaky little voice will whisper to me that I'm not beautiful enough, or smart enough to carry out the things that God has in store for me. However, the one thing that has been getting in the way of His plans is me, myself, and I.
I (WE) NEED TO CAST ALL NEGATIVE THOUGHTS OUT OF OUR LIVES!
I'm not talking about just "positive thinking" type of practice. I'm talking about casting those things out in Jesus' name! Because His name holds power, and His name is LOVE itself. One verse that comes to mind is...
"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out all fear..." ~1 John 4:18~
And God is love.
I need to meditate on this verse whenever fear of the unknown creeps up into my thoughts. I need to "take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Obviously, not every one of us will agree on this whole subject simply because of the fact that our beliefs and world views may be different. Nevertheless, I challenge myself and you to call out to God in desperation whenever we're hit with a force [negativity, fears, etc.] that's "greater" than us because frankly, this has been my lifeline! :)
By the way, if taking that first step to crying out to God is scary, then this might encourage you a bit:
I'm not trying to coerce my faith unto any of you because that's not going to do any good; my hope is that you will give your struggles to God and know the same freedom that I have when I trust in Him. Now, when I trust my own wisdom, then I get in trouble. Heh...but that's another story. ;)
He doesn't promise us a problem-less life on earth, but He does promise us peace and stillness in the midst of the storm.
These very things I "preach" to myself as well because time and again I find that I lack in faith, even more than I thought I did. And I believe that's the first step to discovering one's true identity. Knowing that we fall short of perfection, and that we need Him to show us not who we are, but whose we are.
Really, it's not about how much we accomplish or what we make of ourselves, but it's simply about being still before Him and know that He is God.
Faith and trust in the Lord have been my anchor as of late--as it always should be. Trusting Him that I am His daughter and that I am worthy of His calling has been a challenge as I adjust to this new chapter in my life, but I know that He gives me joy, peace, and strength to take on anything that comes my way.
I apologize if this sounds like a vent session! I guess it kind of is, but I'm typing it out to process all my thoughts, all whilst hoping that somebody out there will be encouraged. :D
Know that you are precious, beautiful, and worthy of God's love! Have faith that He has a plan for you, and that He truly works out everything for the good of those who love Him. Please remember these promises, because I sure need to remember them and live by them as much as I can!
How have YOU been doing lately? I sincerely want to know!
Are you facing obstacles in your life? If so, have you been dealing with them?
Have a beautiful day and thanks for reading!