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To Care or Not to Care

Often to try and boost our self esteem we say we don’t care what others think about us. This is an ego-defensive attitude used to protect ourselves.

However, I believe that as Christians, we are CALLED to care about what others think. Every single one of our actions and words should be given as if someone is watching us. Every single one matters.

Why?

Because we are representatives of Jesus Christ. The term ‘Christian’ in actual fact means ‘little Christs’ showing that we take him wherever we go. So it is our duty to care about what others think of us, because in actual fact they are not seeing us, but Jesus through us.

This is a high call of honour and yes it may be hard. But there is no excuse for us to say ‘I don’t care what they think’. This is the easy way out of the pressure of being a Christian, but no one said it was easy. This is the little cost we take to follow Christ, in comparison to the cost he paid for us. He deserves for us to care.

And remember, our lives are all about relationships. I believe this is how God intended it to be. So to truly be in relationship with those around us we need to CARE.

CARE about portraying Jesus to them and NOT CARE about our own desires for self-confidence. The only one who can give us confidence is Jesus, not anything in this world.

Sweet Surrender

In my weakness You are strong
You hold my hand and hold my heart
I give it away now, I am on my knees
Offering all I am for You to see

I am thirsty for Your presence Lord

Sweet surrender is all I can give
Sweet surrender to You my offering
Jesus, You’re all I’m living for
Holding on to You my Friend, my all

In Your fullness I am free
Help me Jesus to receive
In the secret place I’m on my knees
Reaching the deepest parts for You to see

Oh, I am thirsty for Your presence Lord

Sweet surrender is all I can give
Sweet surrender to You my offering
Jesus, You’re all I’m living for
Holding on to You my Friend, my all

There is nothing more
There is nothing more I have
There is nothing more
There is nothing more I can give
There is nothing more
There is nothing more I have
There is nothing more I have to give

Sweet surrender is all I can give
Sweet surrender to You my offering
Jesus, You’re all I’m living for
Holding on to You my Friend, my all

-Parachute band

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.
C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)

Anger

Do you have anger that builds up inside of you and eats at you? Maybe you don’t realise that it is eating at you, but if the resenment you are holding against something, someone or even yourself keeps coming up in different parts of your life so that you are regularly remembering it, then let me tell you: it is eating at you. I know this from personal experience.

I was angry against someone in my life. I was constantly comparing myself to them and out of resenment and hurt I made so many aspects of my life into a competition against that person. This is a person I don’t even see anymore, yet were so nagginly present in my life.

The fact that this person was constantly popping up made me want to let go of all the hurt and anger. Yet I couldn’t, no matter how much I tried or even prayed. And do you know why? Because I am selfish.

I was trying to let go of this anger for myself; so I would feel better and get the final victory. If I could let all of it go, I could show that person that I was stronger and the ‘better person’ by lowering my almighty self down to forgive them. I still felt like I could treat them in whatever way I wanted, acting above them, as a kind of revenge.

But then about a week ago God showed me this: I needed to love. I needed to be willing to humble myself and serve that person. I needed to turn the other cheek and lower myself to truly seek to love that person with actions and words coming from a genuine, pure place.

Problem: I never see this person anymore. Solution: God took care of that and brought them back into my life.

Now I can learn to love the way God desires me to. All I had to do was just simply be willing to love and God took care of the rest. I always underestimate Him. Thankyou Jesus for what you do for me and all of us! Thankyou for waiting with arms open wide to exhange my heavy package of anger for your package of love.

Give it over to God and just be willing to love.

"If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.”

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects,always trusts, always hopes, always perserveres.”

-2 Corinthians 13:2-7

I don’t know who is reading this, but I’m praying for you. If you have any questions, just ask and I’ll do my best to answer :)

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