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Pigs or Sheep?

Café Menu for Thursday, October 10, 2013
Today’s Special is: To Wallow or Follow, That is the Question
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Debbie Giese
Main Ingredient:

Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 AMP

Entrée:

Life is busy.  Schedules are hectic.  Money is tight.  Everyone seems to have something to gripe about.

But, to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, are you really upset because the world is not devoting itself to making you happy?

That does make for a rough day, I agree.  I know my day seems better if everything goes my way.  But let's take a step back, and up. Higher.

Higher still.  Let's get a heavenly perspective.

One promise we get from the Bible is "In this world, you WILL have trouble." (John 16:33) What that looks like for each of us is going to be different.  It might be complaining neighbors.  It might be neighbors we are complaining about.  It might be a tough boss to work for.  It could be family-related.  Kids.  Husbands.  In-laws.

Is it just possible, though, that you have been given these particular stressors for a reason?

As a follower of Christ, you have a light to share.  If you only want to share it while you are standing in the noonday sun, what good is it?  Take your little light and shine it into someone's darkness.  Maybe the people who are stressing you out could use a little light.  Or at least someone to pray for them.

And maybe, no pressure here, they are watching you to see how you handle things as a Christian.  God promised us persecution.  If our boat is never rocking, and we are never made to feel uncomfortable (read: given an opportunity to glorify God through adversity), then we are sailing too far off the grid to make a difference for Christ.

Praying for Him to remove the irritations from your life is missing the point.  Praying for Him to use you, however He chooses, is spot on.

Bottom line: God is good.  God is just.  God is sovereign.  God is in control.  He knows what’s bugging you.  So, stop wallowing in the things that upset you, and ask your Maker how He wants you to handle things.  I promise you will find the answers when you turn to Him.

Remember, pigs wallow.  We’re not pigs.  We’re sheep.

Take Out:

Analyze each situation with three questions:

  1. Have I contributed to this problem in some way?
  2. Is there more at stake than what meets the eye?
  3. Is there a way for me to glorify God in this?
Dessert:

Lord, please help us to see the opportunities you give us instead of adversities that befall us.  You are never not in control of our lives, or surprised by anything that happens.  Help us to glorify You, first and foremost.  In Jesus' Name, Amen.

© 2013 by Debbie Giese.  All rights reserved.

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