Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively! 2 Corinthians 6:11-12 (NLT)
As the days of 2013 fly by, we sometimes forget that vision sets values. What is your vision for this year? Are you looking to begin refreshed and new in the Lord, or is your relationship with “The God Who Sees Me” become blurry. Where we spend our time, is where our heart is. Who we give our time to, is whom our heart desires. Do we spend time with God?
God is the friend to the lonely. He is the shepherd to the wandering heart. He is the healer of broken hearts. We may search the eyes of all we meet in a desire for love, but people will forever hurt you. That is why seasoned Christians should never live their lives offended. You can deal with discouragement, but only for a while. We want to love with a free and clean spirit (2 Cor. 7:1).
God has great plans for you in 2013. Whether your a small child in a public school, an adult caregiver, an adult living at home with parents, or in the workplace, we are to be shining lights and a calming presence to those who cross our paths. Satan sometimes blinds us. He tells us to focus on names we have been called, or our weight, or our “thorn in the flesh”. Satan wants to sabotage us so that we are no longer “free agents” to lead others to Christ.
The Bible encourages us to not settle for pleasure, popularity, or possessions, but to embrace integrity, humility, and generosity. These are the anecdotes for our selfish lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). Instead, he tells us to live “wide open, spacious lives” and that “your life is not small”. We all can be used greatly. We cannot let our “hurting hearts” predict our future. Remember that feelings are indicators, not dictators. Ask God to identify your breaches so that you may stand strong this year.
1.) Do I seek pleasure, popularity, and possessions or integrity, humility, and generosity?
2.) What does Satan use in my life to “sabotage” me?
3.) Do I live my life “offended” or do I realize that my trials are “only for awhile” (2 Cor. 7:5-8)?