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Sunday’s Monday

I think it’s about time to recognize the elephant in the room. It’s a situation that most of us choose to ignore to evade the truth born within us. Many of us, in some form, dislike being around crowds of people. Mainly because we can’t control who we’re next to or who speaks to us and we’re especially uncomfortable with those personal questions people always ask. We can’t seem to adjust enough to get comfortable with new people as we are intimidated by our low opinion of ourselves. Without realizing it we’ve imprisoned ourselves to seclusion while convincing our mind that the world has a problem and not, we ourselves. Galatians 6:3 (NLT), If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

It’s high time for a reality check of our mental status! I realize that a lot of you are tuned out or turned off at this point because you’re not the problem. There’s always a good reason or excuse for nothing being your fault. I found a simple equation to help solve the problem of it’s not my fault. Let’s say that three different friendships with three different friends all end over a four-year period and you’re searching for the fault. Three different friends, over four different years, leaves only one common denominator: “YOU!” You are the only thing present at all three failed friendships. We all seriously need to heed what is written in Galatians 6:4-5 (NLT), 4 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. 5 For we are each responsible for our own conduct. Once we get this fact embedded in our minds, we can seek God for help in changing those things we dislike about ourselves.

As I was writing this God threw a thought into my mind and on its own merit will make sense to those who are there. People who dislike crowds of people are the very people who hate being alone. I know this for a fact because I once lived within myself, introverted, afraid to be in a crowd, and yet scared to be alone. My whole mental system was locked on overload and my attitude was always in the dump. However, I was your typical chameleon in one-on-one situations, I could be whatever I needed to be to get what I wanted but that never changed the fear I held inside. I used it’s not my fault as a battle cry and most always believed my “own” lie. I consistently reminded myself that I was the greatest and all the while knew my heart was empty. Oh sure! It was full of me! I loved me above all else, but it was merely a hollow feeling as I couldn’t understand real love. I was the bad luck big shot and even though nothing was ever my fault, the bad just kept coming. I was a victim of Galatians 6:7 (NLT), Don’t be misled, you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

I can see clearly today it is my fault along with all the adults of past and present. We have damned this world to what it has become by planting crops that were easy to care for. Over the centuries we adults planted seeds that required little effort to bring our crops into the harvest and in turn, we taught our children to do the same and as they grew, they as well-found seeds that took even less effort to plant, needed less care and matured into a great harvest. Now, for those that haven’t quite figured it out, our seed is our lifestyle, and the harvest is those who are affected by it. Galatians 6:8 (NLT), 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. I can see the old me all up in this!

Here’s a thought for you, do you think God will judge them on their profession (head knowledge) or belief (heart knowledge), will God be interested in what we have or what we did with what we have and here is a thought, how well will He know you through the current relationship you have with Him? Is it the type of relationship you have or desire to have with yourself, your spouse, and your children? God gives us the solution in Galatians 6:9-10 (NLT), 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to those in the family of faith. Sowing the seeds of God’s love will never disappoint!

My prayer this week is that of Paul the Apostle in Galatians 6:15-16 (NLT), 15 It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. 16 May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God. Thank you, Lord, we love you for loving us. Amen


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