Others vs. Self

I feel very selfish when we’re in America. There’s so much comfort and ease in America, and I enjoy it! I click a button and things arrive at the house, for me! There’s always more: more comfort, more food, more ease, more to do, more to be had. It’s easy for people to feel like they have it hard, when they really have it so easy. I’ve seen it from other side, from a ghetto on the other side of the world, which gives me some perspective on the ease. It’s a temptation, though. I want comfort and ease. In America we see people filling churches, calling themselves blessed for all the stuff they have. It’s hard to pull yourself away and remember to die to self, each day, each moment.

God is other focused. I am too self-focused. I want God’s eyes that look to others. I want God’s heart that has compassion on others. I want God’s mind that understands others. I want God’s hand to reach out and deliver from troubles, fears, doubts, turmoil, sickness, pain, lack.

But I’m not meant to be the whole body of Christ on my own. We, together, are to be the body of Christ; we need to be united. We are the body of Christ, not I am the body of Christ. To be those all those things we have to be united. So, maybe what I want most is unity with other believers who are seeking and desiring the same.

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Bad or Good?

Do you ever read stories of horrible things that Christians had to go through, and think, “God chose that for them. I don’t want Him to choose that for me.” There are times I take fearing God to the wrong place. How can I trust Him when He puts people through these horrible situations? Of course, I switched words right there, from fear to trust. And, of course, that’s the key.

We fear God because He is literally awesome. He created the heavens beyond what we even know and understand. He literally rules the universe and with a word could take away everything from all of us. Of course, He tells us constantly in His word to not fear. We are supposed to trust. But how can we? By knowing Him, knowing His character, His unchanging, never-failing, always trustworthy character. We know He is perfect and He is love. We know that in His love we have no fear of punishment. He has removed our sins from His sight.

Do you think kids can learn that consequences are God’s goodness working out in their lives? Because even what Satan himself intends for our harm, God uses for our good and for His glory. This post was inspired by the Scripture in the sister post on Life in Christ – Christ in Me.

Chasing After

I have been chasing the things of the world as of late. In particular, I have wanted a house, a home. I have a list of the things I wanted. Not extravagant. One thing on the list is to have space for each kid to have a bed and a dresser. I have two kids right now who just get one drawer for all their clothes. We are less than minimalists. Not that I want to have lots of stuff. I know it’s a burden, but I have a dream of not having to change the clothes out each season because there’s room for warm and cool clothes. I have a dream of having a drawer for my socks. It’s the little things.

But I drove myself crazy in desiring a home. I needed to desire Him. I gave up having a home for His sake, to go on the mission field. Some of our friends, our age, are finished paying off their houses already, and we’ve yet to move into one. Jesus promises that we don’t give up homes without receiving a hundred times as much. I don’t know what that means, but it’s a promise. I think of all the homes we’ve been in over the years, from moving into a dozen homes ourselves, to being welcomed into dozens of others. I know God is abundant in His provision. And when I feel lost as to what I should be doing now, while I’m waiting, I remind myself what I should be seeking after. And when I lose my focus, when I catch myself, I stop and redirect. Seek Him. He’s what I’m after.

Do you teach your kids to not seek after the things of the world? How do balance letting them express their desires and go after them with teaching them what to truly desire?

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