I’m going to be honest. I haven’t been my best self lately. I haven’t been writing, and I have been blaming circumstances, and people, and all kinds of other stuff.
I need to write. It’s how I’m wired! So I’ve been a little mad.
The photo above is one I snapped a few days ago after I observed that the plant sitting on my kitchen table was shamelessly reaching it’s little limbs up to the light coming in through our sliding glass doors. It caught my eye because I could so relate! I want to thrive, but it isn’t going to happen when I’m sulking in the shadows.
If we are going to thrive, we will shamelessly square ourselves up with the Light. There’s just no other way.
Do you ever get kind of mad, but you don’t know exactly why? I’d like to submit that maybe…just maybe…it’s because you forgot to listen to the Voice of the One who created you. Maybe you tried to please some other people, or facing Him was hard, or all your little fears came to the surface and you got off track?
When I get off track, I get mad about it. Yet it was ME who said “yes” to a whole bunch of (perfectly fine) things that dwindled “time to be ME” down to zilcho.
Then that thing happened that I just hate. The more I stopped being ME, the less I wrote. And the less I wrote, the more the enemy of my soul convinced me that I had nothing important to say… that it has all been said better by people with more _______ (fill in the blank with… time, influence, skill, eloquence, resources, bandwidth, blah blah blah).
I’m putting my foot down, people. It’s time to get back on the horse. STARTING NOW. And starting with this whole messy blog post of mixed metaphors!
Fulfilling our calling is much simpler than we sometimes make it. ALL we have to do is listen to His Voice and obey. No excuses, no second-guessing, no blaming someone else, or schedules, or circumstances. We just say YES. And we do it.
How are you doing? Are you being true to the God who knows you inside and out? Are you staying true to the way He has wired you? Or are you letting all your stuff get in the way?
Well, guess what. You get to start all over again. Right now. You don’t have to explain anything, like why or how you got here. You just have to put your ear to your Maker’s chest and let Him speak into you.
Ask your Mastermind Creator to take you by the hand and lead you to the Rock that is higher than you… to that place where He is in charge and where you are thriving because you are allowing Him to unveil your very best self. He sees that self even when we don’t! Isn’t that the best?
This leaning to the Light will involved shedding all those crippling fears about what people think. But oh the relief you’ll find when you tune out every voice but His. He will ask you to drop some things, be honest about some things, and live truthfully. And it will be so worth it.
This might be over-quoted, but this is powerful stuff right here…”For what will it profit a man [or woman] if he [she] gains the whole world, and loses his [her] own soul? (Mark 8:36)
The answer is nothing. It will not profit you one stinking thing to live by any other standard than surrendering this one soul you have to its loving, wise, powerful Maker.
And when you do? Your best self will shine. Not because you’re great. (Let’s face it, we have issues people.) But you will shine because HE is great.
He has this amazing way of flooding through your transparency with glorious light. Then you will thrive just like my little needy plant, whose limbs instinctively lean toward life-giving light.
Who’s with me?! Let’s lean that way together.
I’m already feeling the warmth again.