Story is excerpt from my book: It’s Still Relative, The Word of God for Today’s World
I was talking to a friend of mine the other day. We’ll call her Maggie. She was saying that her grown daughter sometimes act less mature than her six-year-old. It seems that no matter how much Maggie or her husband request their older daughter ACT like an adult, she just isn’t willing to take on the responsibilities of being a grown up.
My friend lamented, “‘I don’t think she will ever grow up. I don’t thing she will ever be a responsible adult. I don’t know what we did wrong, but obviously we didn’t raise her right or something. So, we’re just going to have to cut her off and see how she does. At some point, she’s going to have to stand on her own.”‘
As Maggie and I were talking a though struck me deep in my spirit. How many times has God said, “I wonder if she or he will ever spiritually grow up? I wonder when they will learn their lessons and start acting like the Christians I have raised them to be? I wonder if they will ever stop through temper tantrums when they don’t get their way or things don’t seem to be working out they way they want them to. I wonder if they will ever learn to trust me.”
Maturing is Christ as Christians is about trusting God; His word and the finished work of Christ Jesus. Without that trust, we can’t mature into the people God has called, anointed and appointed us to be for and in the Kingdom of God.
Maturing in our Christian walk is not easy but it is necessary and there’s no way around it. (Deut. 6:17 – 18). This blog is a part of my maturity. The daily prayers I send out are a part of my maturity. Starting a non-profit is a part of my maturity. These are things I never wanted to do, never thought anyone would read and under normal circumstances I would NEVER have the courage to do them but, God is maturing me.
So, over the next several days I’m going to use this blog to explore our spiritual maturity. You are welcome to join me!
The systems of the world are designed to take our confidence and destroy how we view our gifts, talents and abilities. The world system says, “If you’re not rich, you’re not worth anything.” The world system will tell us, certainly women, “If you’re not stick figure thin, you’re not beautiful.”
But God placed greatness in us when He created us. He put hopes and dreams in our hearts and minds from the beginning. Many of us, including me, have put our dreams on hold and ignored our passions and gifts because we have believed what the world says about us. But, God has given us everything we need to do everything He has asked us to do.
I challenge you to get up every morning and tell yourself, “I have what it takes. No matter what God has asked me to do, I am the right person for the job.”
Taken from the book It’s Still Relative, the Word of God for Today’s World pages 81 and 82*
“Lord please help me to see my gifts, talents and abilities as You see them. Father help me to lean on You; the author, perfecter and finisher of my faith, and not on my own understanding. Help me Father, to understand the great power You placed in me at the time I accepted You. The power that allows me to be self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency that abides in me.”
“Lord, renew my mind so that I understand that there is nothing too difficult for You to perform through me if I yield all my members to you. You are my strength and my shield. Thank you Lord! In Jesus’ name Amen.”
*Used with author’s permission.
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found to praise, honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” I Peter 1:7
On November 22nd and 23rd the “Time Out” Outreach Ministry is holding their 10th anniversary women’s retreat. This years theme is, “Women on Fire for God!” The cost of the conference this year is $20, which includes continental breakfast, lunch and meeting materials. If you prefer not to attend the luncheon the cost is $5.00! That’s right, it’s just $5.00 to get a Friday night general session two work groups and a panel discussion, all taught by Godly women who keep it real because it’s “Time Out” for playing church. It’s time to be the church!
Friday night session will be held at First Baptist Church, 727 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Saturday sessions will be held at the Williamsburg Community Chapel, 3899 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
For more information please contact Naomi Flythe, 757-258-0558 or Darlene Dempster Reid, 757-784-8060 or Marilyn Carlin, 757-253-1514.
Prepare your self for 2014! Come out and be blessed!
On our bus most mornings when I go into the office there are just working class people, who look like working class people. Sometimes, we have students on the bus with their school uniforms. Everyone is quiet and orderly. There is very little talking. Some people read, listen to music or sleep on our usual 30 minute commute to work.
But, this morning a young man with dreads, homemade tattoos and a big bag of sunflower seeds got on the bus. He had baggy jeans and I knew if he pulled up his shirt I would see his underwear. I thought, “Really?! Where could this thug possibly be going this early in the morning looking like he just got out of jail?”
He got on the bus with his friend. Neither of them paid because the bus driver had stepped off the bus. They both took up both sides of the seats they set in and they began to talk. The young man with the dreads said, “We have a mid-term today. I should do pretty good. I’m ready.” I thought, “He’s in school?! Really.” He went on to talk about his court date and that it might to go trial. He told his friend, “I know I done wrong man, but I was trying to take care of Mom and her little daughter. Ya know, it’s hard out here. Just tryin’ to take care of mine.”
As we continued to travel, the bus began to fill up and no one was seating next to him. A young lady got on the bus and tried to sit between two ample sized women, but she couldn’t fit. The young man asked if she wanted to sit next to him. She said no because she had too many bags. The young man picked up the bags and made room for her on the seat. After a while, he got up placed some of her bags on his seat and he stood for the rest of the trip. He danced and sang quietly. He seemed to enjoy the trip more than anyone else on the bus.
I judged this young man by his looks. I’m so glad that God judges us all by our hearts.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12