Love you all, praying for you!
Well, that didn’t go well! Have you ever thought that? A conversation, or a meeting, or a project or something you hoped would be effective, really wasn’t – the whole thing just crashed and burned, and it got worse from there. Pretty much – a complete disaster... What do you do then? A recent Daily Huddle – Opportunity Knocks - We shared several “Look To’s.” Look to Listen, Look to Praise, Look to Encourage, Look to Overlook, and Look to Serve. Recently – I had a couple of conversations that didn’t really go well. Not what I intended or hoped for. I didn’t really do a good job, even though I meant to. Unfortunately intention isn’t the same as implementation. Someone once said – I measure others by what they said, but I measure myself by what I intended. Don’t we all? As I considered what I could have done better… I could have listened better, I could have overlooked better, I could have encouraged better. Wow. Maybe I should review a few of these Daily Huddles… is that kinda like the painter – whose own house has peeling paint? Embarrassing, but it is what it is. So now what? In asking God, I felt He had a few gentle reminders. “I got this. Even your mistakes.” Sometimes you’ve heard what you should do, what you could do, but doing it is a little different.
So where to from here? #1) Always choose humility – you’re not always right, prefer others - over yourself. #2) Ask Forgiveness where you need to. If nothing else, for your mistakes – theirs are not your responsibility – it doesn’t matter... address yours! #3) Seek to understand, rather than being understood. #4) Seek Godly counsel. An outside perspective may help from a humble obeyer who gives Godly counsel. And #5) Let it go. Sometimes – it’s time to just let God handle it. It doesn’t help to always second guess.
What God intends for good, the devil intends for evil, and what the devil intends for evil, God can turn it to good. Praise God! He wins! His power so far surpasses that of the enemy it’s not even close. Love covers over a multitude of wrongs – even yours. Isaiah 54:10 - Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. (Interesting – there’s no disclaimer to that. Not “If you are perfect, if you do everything exactly right and righteously, then… no weapon formed against you will prosper…” No, if that were the case, any weapon formed could kick my butt. His mercy and compassion covers even your screw-ups. What a humbling thing… But Isaiah 54:14 leaves a good reminder. In righteousness you will be established: So from where you are right now – be righteous. Presence, Word and Praise, start there. Ask God to forgive you for any mistakes, and ask Him help you! Then ask others for the same – as He leads.
I’m learning to ask to “Look to Listen.” To ask Him to help me - to Look to encourage; to ask Him to help me to “Look To Overlook – offense.” Wow that’s so much easier to share in a Daily Huddle – than to do it in real life. Sometimes it’s good to Ask God – to help you, and review for yourself before a conversation or situation occurs – what God said you should do, and therefore what you are going to do! When our kids were younger – we trained before the moment, not just in the moment. When we took six kids – six and under - to a restaurant – we knew this could be a recipe for disaster! To ensure we didn’t have a mass meltdown, we encouraged them in the car beforehand what they would do. How are we going to obey mommy and daddy today? “First Time – with a happy heart!” Yes! And why do we obey. “To get the blessings!” Yes, I know that you will obey and we will be thankful, and have self-control and what voices will we use? “Inside voices!” So lets just practice… what are our outside voices? “OUTSIDE VOICES” Oh my goodness that’s such a good job… and what are our inside voices ‘inside voices.” Oh such a good job! Alright we are ready - everybody grab someone’s hand, and we are ready to go inside… That’s pretty much what happened before we went out somewhere. Sometimes I need to give myself these same quick reminders also. So I use my inside voice. Praise God that no matter where you are right now, God forgives, He heals, He repairs, and He restores. Just pursue righteousness. Ask Him to Help you. Leave it to God, and take the next step from here. And the first step is always humility. And pray for me! I love that T-shirt - Y’all Need Jesus! That’s me – like, every day. But His love for you is forever. His compassion is extended to you every day. He will make sure that all the weapons formed against you will never prosper. Ask you seek His will and His way, He works everything out for your good. First He’ll work on you, then the situations around you. Praise God He’s faithful! We just keep looking to Him!
Love you all,
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