Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Keep Fighting The Good Fight

Lately I have found myself having pity parties, more often then I would like to admit.  Right now we are just in a very busy season of ministry and life.  It just is, but I still get overwhelmed, like lay in bed and cry overwhelmed.  I sometimes find myself getting frustrated with people and how they expect you {like you and me} to react to things, or how they treat you after you have just poured your heart and soul into something.  Or after your heart and soul are in it, they change it.  It gets frustrating and defeating.

Do you ever feel like you are banging your head on the wall, yea, me too.

Then one day I stopped and asked myself and God why do I get so mad, why do I take it so personally, why is it that what this person says or does not say hurt me so much?  And I have come to this conclusion with God's prompting: they don't meet His standards, and sometimes neither do I.

This mainly goes for people who are not followers of Jesus, or people just starting out on their spiritual journey...I expect them to act a certain way, in the sense of do unto others, or lend a helping a hand.  But truthfully they are not there, and I forget that.  I forget it a lot.

I wish I could be more clear on this subject, or give personal examples, but I am still learning this.  I feel like I am learning a lot right now, Jesus is still wrecking me.  Maybe 2012 is the year of the wrecking ball for me.  Anyways, here is my take away...

1. Do not expect people who are not followers of Jesus to act like they are, and they are not going to, so lower your expectations and set the example for them.
2. I am a follower of Jesus and sometimes I set a terrible example for people who are not there yet, so set a better example.

I think just knowing and being at peace with this verse helps...
"Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work." Col. 3:22-25 {MSG}

Sorry if this is a little muddy, this is just what is on my heart right now.  Life can be trying and defeats may happen more then victories, but continue to work for God, keep the perspective that we were created for so much more than the troubles of this world, and know in the end you are earning a lot of jewels in your crown in Heaven. 

1 comment:

HappyascanB said...

Good stuff, Kate. Good, good stuff.