“Not my Monkey, not my Circus”…some practical wisdom for a Monday.
I think we take too much stress on ourselves about the actions and thoughts of others. Maybe we think the bible said: “It’s up to you to keep the peace with all people all of the time and if you don’t your failing”???
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” NIV
When in actuality it says: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you” = meaning you can only take responsibility for your part of the situation and “If it is possible” says there may be times when it won’t even be possible to be at peace with someone.
It’s good to take time and figure out what is actually your responsibility and what isn’t. Own what is and stop trying to own what isn’t.
Everywhere we go to buy food or clothes or whatever-a primary question involved is “What size do you want?” What size are you? How big or small should it be for what I need?
Dreams, thoughts, ideas, plans come in all shapes and sizes, too. Only in the Spirit is “God-Size” an option to consider. A few thoughts on God-sized dreams/plans/visions:
- They are the “Road Less Traveled By”
Most people lean toward the safe and “normal” life. Afraid or just opting for comfort vs. risk, they avoid the adventure of God-sized dreams/visions/plans.
- They are Limitlessly large round pegs
God-sized anything is not going to fit into the restrictively small square holes of religion or the acceptable norm of life, but they are infinitely limitless with possibility/potential/opportunity to know God and see God in ways you never would.
It’s where we step outside the realm of what we see and walk into a new world of walking by faith in bigger footprints than we can imagine.
- Only Jesus can walk you through, support you in the midst of and throughout a God-sized dream/vision/plan
Few people will stand with you; many people will come against it or just walk away from you. A God-sized dream/vision/plan is hard for people to grasp-it’s a revelation given to you and those appointed/anointed to walk with you through it.
- God-sized is where all the action is
That limitless life of stepping out of the boat, going above and beyond the norm, facing giants head on with just a sling-shot…it is where the battle is, but also where the most amazing Mountaintop views will be.
So, what size cup (life) do you want to “runneth over”?
Recently, I sold my home and seriously down-sized, which means I needed to give away a lot of my household items. Now, I’ll find myself standing in a friend’s home and seeing something from my house there. It’s an odd feeling to see my lamp or something I used to have in my home now residing in someone else’s home/life. I can still see where it used to be in my house. I started thinking about it and wondered if in the Spirit it is like this?!
The bible says when we touch someone’s life in some way we plant seeds…those seeds can be: learned truths that belonged to us and we passed on, faith we passed on, encouragement that provided a light to someone else when they needed it…
In planting a seed, there is a tangible something of the Lord given into their life.
So, if we could wear “spirit glasses” for a day, would we be able to see something of us when we stood in a friend’s house? Would we be able to see those truths, light, faith…we planted in others?
I think so.
The bible makes the invisible, visible. It makes clear that this life is so much more than what is seen, that what we see isn’t actually true reality.
Have you seen someone and wondered where they got their strength to go through that? Or wondered: “how are they still standing?” after something horrible happened? or even noticed a peace about someone that you can’t understand?
These are evidences of the unseen roots that are in the life of someone who is rooted in Christ. (Ps. 1) He is holding us and guiding us and establishing us.
Doesn’t matter how strong the winds blow with the storms of life – when “God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.” (Ps. 46:5)
“They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.” KJV