Below is a great analogy of just how important each one of us are as a member of the Body of Christ and humanity. The author is unknown, but the story perfectly illustrates why we need each other.
The Value of One
As the story goes, a congregation built a new church building,
And people came from far and wide to see it. They admired
Its beauty! Up on the roof, a little nail heard the people
Praising everything about the lovely structure–except the
Nail! No one even knew he was there, and he became angry and jealous. “If I am that insignificant, nobody will miss me...
Look no longer behind you. You can't change the past, so why look there? Look ahead in front of you and discover the new path before you. It's filled with new places, new spaces, new faces, and new GRACES. No longer let the past become a stumbling block. Look ahead! Put one foot in front of the other and follow My lead. :) <3
If you are around children any amount of time, you’ll probably hear a familiar phrase during disagreements: “It’s not my fault.” From a very early age, we naturally learn to shift blame from ourselves to other people. If our parents and other influential people don’t teach us to be powerful and responsible for our choices, we will carry this powerless, responsibility-shifting behavior into adulthood. If your parents taught you to be responsible for your choices, then you should go home and thank them. It’s a rare gift.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of powerless adults running around out there.
Every man in a relationship knows the real pressure he faces around this time every year(Valentines Day or any other special occasion): “How do I find the perfect gift that shows her how much I love her?” (Or really like her, if you’re dating).
Classically, the thing to do for Valentine’s Day is to give flowers and chocolate. But how many of us have spent hundreds of dollars on roses and chocolate, only to be met with a less-than-enthusiastic response from our significant other? She may have played along, but it was obvious that something was missing. She didn’t feel loved. What’s the deal?
The classic relational dynamic created by powerless people is called triangulation. When you believe that other people are scary, unsafe, and more powerful than you, and when you believe that you need to get them to meet your needs, then you have three possible roles you get to play in relationships: the victim, the bad guy, or the rescuer.
Let’s take a look at the mindset of each of these roles:
The fastest way to dig yourself out of an internal hole is to look for the light.
Not just any light, but the light cascading on the ladder of gratitude and appreciation. It is the key in turning things around for you. Gratitude and appreciation will dig you out of your slump. So climb aboard! It will guide you up to where the light shines, where you can warm your soul.
If you are looking through the darkness of despair, you will remain cold and calloused. Place yourself in the light. Let it warm your eyes and soften your heart. Choose today to live and abide in My presence. Receive My grace, which will allow you to express your gratitude and appreciation. The warmth of My love will envelop you and rescue you from the cave of your thoughts and daunting surroundings. In Me, you shall find hope and peace, and truly the rest your soul is looking for.
-Papa God <3
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep perfectly peaceful the one whose mind remains focused on you because he remains in you.
It gives Me(Papa) great pleasure to see My children enjoying the things I freely give them. Everything is free in heaven. There is no earning it. All you have to do is ask. It's only when you step outside your dependency on Me and reach for things on your own, that you find yourself removed from a place of provision. Isn't that what happened to Adam and Eve? Isn't that what becomes of a cut off branch on the ground, removed from the vine? There is only death in man's efforts apart from Me. Life is found when engaged with Me. Efforts are not bad in themselves. It's all dependent upon who's leading them. Apart from Me, life will only yield sweat and toil.
Effortless living is a new way of living. It is a joyful way of living. It's truly what I intended. Just look back to the Garden and tell Me if that wasn't My heart and original plan. Yes, of course, it takes an effort to do anything. Truly it all comes down to the matters of the heart and who you choose to follow. Would you like to learn more about this effortless living? Effortless in the fact that it's not a burden, but a joy? Lean in and ask Me to teach you. It's going to take some changes in the mindsets, but the more you hang out with Me, the more your ideas on life will change.
I've been reading on Joseph. His life is astounding and many of us probably relate to his experience, especially pertaining to his relationships with those closest to him.
The passage says that when his brothers saw him coming to them from afar, they said "Here comes this dreamer!" Clearly, Joseph had vision for something greater than what his brothers ever imagined. He caught a glimpse of his identity before God and it rocked him. He shared it with them out of excitement which unbeknownst to Joseph, was not a good idea. Joseph wasn't expecting it, but him sharing backfired...
I have heard it said so many times before “as soon as I get married I know all these things will change” I would like to invite all of us, and not just those of us that have not been married before to consider the following truths that I believe will cause every present and future marriage to be the healthy and wonderful experience I believe God had in mind when he designed it...
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