Less is more!
I’ve had a wonderful week! I delivered Meals on Wheels 4 days this week and I always come away supercharged when helping others. It brings my heart into real thanksgiving, thankful that I am spiritually, physically, financially and willing to help. I thank God that should my situation change, and I need these services, I will not be saddened by thoughts of not doing what I could, when I could! I desire each day to be better, because I’m in it!
God has been showing me the values of unthinking the worlds teaching and think on these things. Philippians 4:8 (NLT), And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. A lot of what is taught in the new testament bible is in direct conflict with what most of us have been taught growing up. 2 Corinthians 10:4 New Living Translation (NLT), We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. For example; Less can be more. I have learned the less of me, I cling to, the more victories I experience through the love of Jesus Christ. 1 John 5:4 (NLT), For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. It has taken me a little while to grasp the freedom of joyfully giving but when God revealed that wonderful feeling to me, I was in awe. 2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV, each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. The world has yet to explain the math involved in subtracting (less) from what I have, to produce an overall gain (more), so that I’m able to continue to give. I know! I know! Your earthly mind takes you right to the subject of money and that’s the enemy’s great weapon against good Godly giving. God is speaking of you, your time, kindness, possessions, smile, kind words as well as money. I have been a giver for a long time now and I have learned to allow God to direct my giving to keep me humble. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 (NLT), 6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. I am amazed by the number of people that I meet standing in lines to pay for purchases that don’t seem to have ever known contentment and my heart is saddened for them. Contentment is my crutch for life while God is my life support! The only exception to this rule is the more of God I have, the more satisfied I am! John 3:30 (NLT), He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. I was taught not to depend on others growing up, because they would not always be there for me. I was taught (self- sufficiency) the art of fending for myself and I still fight this occasionally. But it becomes less, as I allow Jesus to become more! God is teaching me that I was created to be interdependent on others and “sold out” totally dependent on Him! I need each of you, as is explained in Romans 12:4-5 (NLT), 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. Another case of less is more, the less of this selfish, self-centered me I adorn, the more willingly people come into my life. I love it! Even though I realize it’s not for me, to fully understand at this point in my life, parts of this truth are conceivable, and I know it works! My life has changed, my attitude has changed, and my outlook has no limits. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NLT), 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. Allow me to pose this question; why would anyone choose to worry over things they cannot see instead of rejoicing over the works of God they cannot see? You know, I used this copout while growing up, “if I died today what does it matter?” Here, it doesn’t; there, a lot! Put that on your pillow tonight and thank God for loving you! Because “He does!!”
HAVE A BLESSED WEEK BY BEING A BLESSING TO OTHERS!