I get into trouble every-time I write. Without fail, God holds me on what I claim on my blog...
He writes it into my flesh and mind.
I recently read an important idea from Donald Miller's program, "Storyline" (http://storylineblog.com/) to make "What if's" in your life and move towards them.
My biggest "WHAT IF"
What if I truly gave God control over my life each day and every day?
I HATE THE IDEA!.
It's full of scary roads and massive possible failures.
Putting your entire life willingly in the hands of a being that could easily snuff you out?
On top of that, laying down the ability to scrutinize others on their mistakes?
That second one may have got a small chuckle. The truth is, I love "playing god."
To give up 'Giving up on Ben' is terrible. I am so good at it. *Snort*
I've found the reason behind all of my frustration with people. A pesky thing that gets in the way every-time. It stops me from being able to help them with their problems. Wouldn't it be so much easier without it?
Oh yeah, it was a gift from God.
I have one too.
He lets us walk away from Him all the while pursuing us with His Love in a way that only He can. That's real love. Allowing Himself to be wounded only to forgive us and accept us as sons and daughters when we return.
I hope that one is etched into my being. That love.
I want to allow God to work on others....and myself from the inside.
Letting God be Himself in me and allowing others to be themselves as well.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Time to get a little vulnerable. As a single guy living in a community where at least 80% of my friends are married, 60% of which are within 2 years of me in both directions...
I often find it a great struggle to focus.
It is human nature to want intimacy with another person. A closeness that makes you feel wanted by one other person.
I've seen MANY books for single women (read none) of
how to wait for the ONE.
Men are often left out to dry..
since we are supposed to initiate the relationship.
But.... What happens if it doesn't happen?
Even if there is a desire, prayer, and even trying to be ready?
While marriage is very important to those who are blessed with it,
we can get so wrapped up in thinking and "prepping ourselves" that we miss the point. This is the time in our lives where we can devote ourselves entirely to falling in love with God.
For men it becomes like a deer hunt: waiting and jumping at opportunities...it becomes an obsession.
God created us for closeness with one another,sharing our life, and to live for the other..
Doesn't it sound sorta familiar?
God created us to echo heaven.
In the "Lord's prayer" it says ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN!
Paul talks about this in Corinthians 7:7
"Yet I wish that all men were even as I myself am. However, each man has his own gift from God, one in this manner, and another in that."
I am not for holding out anymore. I cannot do it anymore. I have to move on. The desire has been absolutely paralyzing to me.
To sum up this whole thought in a few words it would be "Falling in Love with God above all"
It is something that is missing from ALL marriages that go awry.
To love God means loving that person in front of you whether it is your spouse,brother, sister, or even YOUR WORST ENEMY more than you treat yourself!
In the process of allowing yourself to feel God's love for you, you will then overflow & pour that love on others.
For those who have no spouse, it is easier in a way: putting God first before desires, giving your future to Him, and making Him your desire.
It is both a scary and exciting thing to give your entire future to God. It means He does what HE wants. Is able to fashion you into a tool of His design.
Then...when you are set in another person's life and them in yours, He'll be the center of the union. He is of course to be our first love. The one which all loves are meant to reflect.
I could go on for hours, so I'll just leave you with that. I may need to write an eBook to share what God is working out in me. I'll truly enjoy Him revealing things in the days ahead, since life is about the valley and not the mountain-top.