Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fashioned for Faithfulness

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I love it when I feel led by the Lord. Yay! We're communicating! I'm seeking him and he's answering me. It's like we have a relationship or something :-)

I also dread feeling led by the Lord. Shoot! He's challenging me! He's presenting me with a task and now it's harder to ignore due to our closer relationship :-(

Last week, the Lord did offer up a challenge...the kind of challenge I hardly want to acknowledge out in the open in front of B and my close girlfriends. 'Cause I know I'll never be able to pull it off on a Christ-like level, but as we learned last week from Graham Cooke, God is calling us to do the impossible. We can't do the things he asks us to; only he can.

What is my seemingly insurmountable task from God? He posed this profound question to me: What if you chose, and I mean actively made the decision, to never be offended by anyone....even if they are being offensive? How would your life look? How would your relationships differ?

To which I said, "Ummm, Lord, have you met people? They're offensive!"

He countered, "Sometimes (in other words "often") you are offensive."

My reply: "Yeah....well...fine, I'll try."

News Update: Guess what? I've failed several time since receiving the challenge. We are programmed from birth for negative emotion; we accept it as part of our beings and ridding ourselves of it is like trying to quite crack cold turkey. It's a dirty secret none of us like to admit: we readily accept negativity more often than we do forgiveness and patience.

So, to avoid sounding preachy, let me repeat it: I fail daily in being totally patient and forgiving and Christ-like. I have to admit, though. The Lord's challenge has caused me to stop and really consider where my heart is when I feel provoked to anger. What if I just let go of the negativity that I would normally allow to envelope me? Maybe the love of Christ would start to shine through me a bit more daily.

Proverbs 19:11 (New International Version)

A person’s wisdom yields patience;
it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

Has the Lord challenged you lately? Feel free to share so we can all up the ante in our walk with Christ!

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