Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog!” It’s so good to be back with you today and my prayer for all of us; is that we will always be able to view our lives through Christ’s eyes; that we may find hope, rather than despair!
In my life, I have not only experienced physical pain and problems with my health; but I have also experienced much loss and deep heartache too. Praise God…that He has helped me to overcome these difficult and trying moments; so I could find Him in a greater way!
One thing that God has recently reminded me of; is that these losses we experience are nothing, in comparison to the things that we gain through the moments of loss. Today, as I’ve been thinking on this…God has taken me back to some Bible verses in Matthew 10:35-39…and we read… “For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. 37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
You know…it seems like we become so caught up with the traditional way of pleasing family and friends…even if pleasing others causes us to feel put down and tossed to the side. For many years of my life, I couldn’t understand why I would choose to please someone, who never cared about me or never believed in me…over a God, who loved and accepted me, for who I am…and I also never realized how easy it could be, to commit myself to others who have hurt and abused me…just to say that I was part of a family.
I know that most people refer to the King James Version of the Bible…but I would like to share something with you; that I was reading today, through the MSG Version of the Bible… “Don’t think I’ve come to make life cozy. I’ve come to cut—make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law—cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you don’t deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don’t deserve me. 38-39 “If you don’t go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don’t deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.” After reading the King James Version of these verses…and the MSG Version; God truly gave me an eye opening moment…and this is what He opened up to me. First…we will never truly find who we are all about without Him; because He is the One who created us and knows every detail, of what He’s had planned for our lives, since the day we were born. Second…we need to realize that we weren’t put here on earth, to please anyone but God. How easily we make life complicated…just because we work so hard to please others, when all God asks; is that we only please Him.
I think sometimes…God allows division within families; so that He can break the bonds that only keep us connected to each other, rather than with Him. Isn’t it amazing how we will go the extra mile, for families and friends; but we won’t with God. I think sometimes we have it all backwards…or maybe it’s that we are too tightly tied into this world…I don’t know; but one thing God has truly opened up to me; is that He wants me to love and serve Him, above anyone or anything in my life.
Let’s ask ourselves a question, as we close this time together. How are we ever going to be able to know the true purpose, for which God has placed us here on earth, if we are caught up in ourselves…or even if we are placing others above Him? I have experienced so much loss in my life; but yet, I don’t grieve because what I have gained through Christ has been so much greater, than what I could have ever imagined.
As we begin our week…my prayer is that we will aim to please and put our trust in God alone. I think that when we make this our goal in life; then we will truly begin to see how less complicated life can be, while experiencing a true and lasting love that can fill every chamber of the heart!
Well…it’s time for me to go; but I have truly enjoyed our visit today! I pray that as you begin another new week; that you will truly find God to be everything…for every little need in your life!
Take care and I will look forward to another visit tomorrow!
Blessings so much on your day!
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