Gleanings

IF YOU LIKE IT, THEN…

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They say the best way to honor someone we have lost is to use that sense of loss to embrace the truth that life is precious and short and thereby live it to the fullest.  By our hardcore, COURAGEOUS, full-out living, we honor the dead.

Along the same lines, I believe it’s also true that we can show how thankful we are this time of year, by actually being faithful with what we have.  We see a lot of “remembrance” and feelings shared of gratitude toward our gifts as the season heightens our awareness of the good life, good people and good gifts we might normally take for granted.

But, I challenge you, and most of all myself, to take it a step further.

Don’t just be thankful…  PROVE IT.
Are you thankful for your family, but constantly complaining how they fall short?
Are you thankful for your life, but do things that take off years?
Are you thankful for your job, but not enough to get there on time?
Are you thankful for your marriage, but hold back ways you can please and honor your husband out of bitterness?
Are you thankful for your God, but can’t find the time to read His truth or pray?
Are you thankful for your clothes, but have them strewn all over your floor? Ok that was for me.

Here’s the deal.  Are you ready? Because this is one of the most legit life lessons I can share with you.

BE FAITHFUL WITH WHAT YOU HAVE AND GOD WILL GIVE YOU MORE.

One of the greatest truths God has ever taught me… and by taught, I do mean beat upside my stubborn head.

And, so maybe it’s possible that I now say it enough that my girls think I’m beating it upside their head, too.  But, it’s soooooooooo CRAZY TRUE.

Imagine you have a plate and if you take care of everything on it, you can have seconds, and dessert, and then go out and swim or play with energy and be nourished to run like the wind.

Be faithful with what’s on your plate, and God will give you more.  
Because WHY would God trust us with anything more if we aren’t good stewards of what we have?
And WHY would He not throw the floodgates open if He finds us faithful in taking care of all the stuff of life?

If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.

But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities (like, say jobs or relationships). ~ Luke 16:10

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
~Matthew 25:21

If you have a house -CLEAN IT, DECORATE IT, INVITE PEOPLE INTO IT.
If you have children – don’t patronize them, PLAY WITH THEM.
If you have money – don’t hoard it, GIVE SOME TO SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T.
If you have a body – love it with great foods and fun activities! Don’t fill it with toxic everything.
If you have a J O B, then get off the complain train and DO WORK.  Complaining will only keep you from getting any better.  YOUR JOB IS YOUR MISSION FIELD – BE A LIGHT WHERE YOU ARE.

Do you have a job you can’t stand??  GET BUSY WORKING.  Take care of that job as if God’s your boss (you realize He is, right?) and see what God does with your faithfulness. I have seen passion and direction, purpose, and wild opportunities flood into my own life when I just got faithful doing something “mediocre” out of faithful obedience to Him.

If you have a husband – MAKE LOVE TO HIM. SPEAK LIFE TO HIM.  PRAY FOR HIM.

IF YOU HAVE A BLOG – WRITE.

IF YOU HAVE A VOICE –  SING.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN GRACE – FORGIVE.

& IF YOU HAVE A GOD…. AND YOU DO, and you’re truly grateful for the 30 or 3,000 people and things and blessings He’s given you, then TAKE TIME to TALK TO HIM.  Praise Him.  Listen to Him.  I wonder how often people tell facebook they are thankful for something without actually speaking it to the God who gave it to them.  
I am guilty of this sometimes.  Sadly, it’s way easy to leave God out of our own blessings from Him.
I LOVE the Thanksgiving posts, I praise God publicly for my blessings year-round and I believe it inspires a heart of gratitude to others.

But, this year, God is steadily reminding me that He is more concerned with WHAT I’M DOING with my gifts, than how I feel about them.

What do you have?  What are you thankful for?  I know, for me, I have some things I am thankful for, that I could take much better care of.  I’m already seeing some crazy blessings for little steps of obedience recently, and it is blowing my mind how such a simple, little truth can be absolutely life changing.

Whatchyou got on your plate?  If you want to keep it, and see God blow it up into something crazy amazing, MORE than you could imagine, above and beyond… put a ring on it.

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4 thoughts on “IF YOU LIKE IT, THEN…

  1. Lordy girl!!! I want to copy this blog and write in on my heart… One of my favorite lessons too and my oh my how short I’ve fallen on some things…. I am mighty blessed and thank you so much for this reminder today!

  2. Love love love LOVE this so much. Thankful for these words! Wonderful reminder of the Gift of LIFE and LOVE from our God. ❤

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