Friday, 17 July 2009
Mother Teresa said, “Let’s do something beautiful for God”, and that is really the calling that’s placed on our lives – to learn what’s on the King’s heart and carry out His desires. The risk factor is real and it means facing up to the fears of being rejected, isolated and laughed at when we take a stand for our beliefs. In essence we have to let go of self-preservation - fear of failure, getting it wrong and messing it up. We need to demystify failure – it’s part of our learning process.
What God has got going on in our lives right now is beyond what we have even understood. It’s bigger than we’ve seen, about more people than we’ve known, about places we’ve never been to yet, conversations we’ve never had yet – what God is doing in our lives is far greater in it’s consequence, outcome, result than we’ve ever dreamed of. He’s working in the shadows, behind the scenes preparing, placing and positioning you – you’re empowered to do something you wouldn’t have even thought of.
So often we feel that we can’t do everything and therefore we don’t do anything. The people that God has put into your life are there for a purpose (our significant others) We can press the pause button on our busy lives and intentionally get our minds off ourselves and instead be mindful to be a blessing. What does it mean to be mindful? It means to have your mind full of ways that you can be a blessing – and do it on purpose. There are so many ways we can be good and show kindness to people – a simple phone call, a note written to someone, taking time to listen to someone and showing an interest, a financial blessing, praying with someone, a lift home – one man’s good deed is another man’s miracle. It doesn’t have to take a lot of money, just some creativity and thought. People are starving for somebody, anybody to show them the love of God. You’ll be amazed at how your life will change by simply getting your mind off yourself, your problem, your wants, your needs. Leave your list of ‘I wants’ in God’s hands. Instead, concentrate on being a blessing wherever you go. You’ll be surprised at how many of the ‘I wants’ on your list will be taken care of while you are caring for others. It will help us to not be tight-fisted with our lives but to be open handed “The world of the generous gets larger and larger, the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller” Be generous with your life and your world will open up for you.