Make some right STUFF ~
This is the STUFF that drives us crazy
It's always the stuff that drives us crazy, gets under our skin, how about we shake things up a little, bouncing things up and down allowing some of that bad stuff to simply fall off. Given the opportunity people are genuinely good, at least, they try to be. The problem arises when we have a hard time, not reacting, to the STUFF in the world. If we shelter ourselves too much we lose touch with the happenings around us. We may even become so comfortable in our small circles that we close ourselves off to others. Limiting the potential for greatness in our life. If our circle is just that, a circle of comfortable friends that we have carefully selected and allowed into our inner sanctum, then I guess it doesn't matter. That is if that is all we want? If we are truly a member of God’s family we must give up the idea of being so selective and safe.
It's true that we must refuel and surround ourselves with people who want to follow what is right. It is good to have people around us who seek Christ and desire to live more for Him. However, we must be careful to not get caught up in our stuff, both material and emotional. We should continually and constantly turn to His word and be open to exploring His truth as opposed to our own. We should want to become an instrument to be used for His greater good. Always wanting our circles to grow. There is always a way to use our stuff for discipleship.
The wrong Stuff
Question: Why is it that once the decision is made to follow Him we don't always change the way we react to the STUFF?
THE WRONG STUFF:
Now, we're all offenders of reacting to our stuff. Every time we worry about what someone thinks are we staying true to what God has planned for us? Every time we see the fault of another person rather than seeing our own part in a situation? Every time we allow our words or thoughts to judge or condemn? Every time we choose not to see someone as a brother or my sister made in the image of the most loving God. Often times we forget that God sees every action every thought, both in public and in private? We're not performing on a Stage in one theatre. Because His Stage is everywhere and we can’t and should not want to hide our actions on any Stage if they are truly for Him.
When in the midst of our stuff do we stop for a moment and give thanks. Was this moment of thanks a quick bowing of the heads with a ritualistic prayer or speech before plowing into an amazing feast. Sadly we may have only given a second of that moment to think of those who would have nothing to eat. Another second to those who would not be able to be with loved ones and one more second to the lost and lonely, homeless, addicted, imprisoned or hopeless. Do we stop giving attention to our stuff long enough to go to God and truly praise Him and pray to Him?
This is not written as a means of stirring up guilt. By no means is it to be negative. How limiting we can be in the giving of praise, perhaps a habitual offense, do we become complacent? These thoughts are just a few of the sad realities of this world. At times, we are fairly good at distracting ourselves from these thoughts. We see the campaigns for the starving, sick, abandoned, lost. We're keenly aware of the devastation that touches all populations young and old and yet we tune it out. Somehow we get caught up in our own stuff. We all have things that are important and or difficult, but sometimes the only way to get through our stuff is to care about someone else's.
When caring about or for others, we are no longer being seriously thoughtless and uncontrolled as foolish fakers'. We are in the reality that we all have to work hard to be more like Christ. He is our example. Some days we will be better at this selfless representation of God’s children, hopefully, we will all have more good days than bad. The point is we need to keep trying to recognize that we are all dealing with stuff that takes us away from God’s Word and plan for our lives.
The right stuff
Maybe we could take our stuff and get rid of it? Maybe we could shake things up a little more than usual, this is the time? We could start with talking to someone, maybe someone who gets us frustrated or that we just have shut down on, maybe we could start with a smile where there is a frown, reach a hand out to someone who needs theirs held, visit an older person that is lonely, get to know someone you may have judged, but really didn't know? Maybe we could just admit that in the light of God all people are to be loved and their hearts are as important as our own. Every heart is important not just those from our inner circles. Often our circles change, what's nice about that is, we can always come full circle in forgiveness. We can start over! We can shake our world up enough to let go of the negatives we hold onto. Maybe if we did that all that would be left are positives? Sadly our hearts are like flypaper for stuff. Hence, it will be immediate that stuff will want to cling back to us. If we can make a repellent together by walking in the light of CHRIST think of all the Right STUFF we could do. When we let the good stuff cling, we will see only the Christ-likeness in one another.
THE RIGHT STUFF:
Family of Christians
Let's not just write it, lets not just sing it, let's not just say it or pretend it, let's DO IT!
Please, can we all try to do more of THE RIGHT STUFF?
We have some work to do people!
What do you think?
As we deal with our stuff are we to remain a Christ-like representation?
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