I stepped into this brand new year with a few little word written deep into my heart.
You know how it goes, there are just those times when you can't even try to hide away the fact that God's speaking deep and clear to your own beating heart.
He's got a message for you and He wants it to be heard, and you just know that you'd better sit and here His every word.
Yes, that's about how it all started. And what were these words, what lesson needs to be learned?
It's the art of lingering, the art of living at peace.
It's this lesson of lingering when there's another heart in front of you, whether they're speaking of their hurts or their joys, you're ready to hear what they really need to say. It's the lesson of lingering in silence when other voices need to be heard clearer and louder than your own.
It's the lesson that discloses the beauty of a heart that lingers long and deep in the presence of the only One who's deserving of our every single second, rather than only keeping busy with doing things for God.
For it's a grand and glorious combination when a heart learns the order of listening and then doing, and the grand partnership that the two we're always meant to have.
It's the lesson of a heart that rests fully on the grace and strength of a love-filled, faithful God.
Yes, this is what my rapidly-beating, hurried-living kind of heart needs to learn.
That real peace is found in the beauty of Christ, not in the beauty that appears to only exist in another season of life that's further ahead and somehow never present.
And what's at the very core of a heart that's found at peace? What's the root of this grand ability to linger and be still?
There's really just a one word answer that's to be found by us all, and it's the simple little word-
Trust in something greater than yourself.
Because friend, when your trust is anchored in something solid, then your heart is fixed no matter the waves that toss you. When your trust relies on the Perfect, Faithful One, then your heart is made a steady ground, a place of infinite peace. Because this Perfect Faithful One will remain just that way through all of our final days, and that means that our lives are fixed in a sacred solace each and every day that we give up our hold and learn to trust.
Trust brings about peace, and with peace comes the ability for you and I to linger long in the arms of our Savior.
Sure, your life might just be falling apart in every earthly, worldly sense. Your heart might very well have been smashed into an entire heap of pieces at different seasons of life. The road you now walk might just be going another direction than what you designed for yourself and your left here wondering why you can't have what you want for just once in your life.
But when your entire life is placed in the arms of Christ, when you've given up on your own way and trusted in the One who brought all things to be, then your life has a guaranteed source of never-ending peace,
because Christ is incapable of ever failing you. The Perfect One isn't even able to ever make a mistake.
Peace comes from a daily choice to trust.
A heart that has peace will be ready to be His hands and feet.
A heart that has peace won't be ruffled when things don't go your way.
A heart that has peace will be ready to leave behind all that's ever brought earthly joy to their heart, when called to live a different way.
Peace comes from a deep well of trust, and trust lies among the essential rocks to each of our lives of faith.
Hey, so you've got a heart for ministry, and that's a beautiful thing, but your looking around and wondering how? How on earth will you ever make it work? Your heart is wrapped up tight, just waiting for when you make it to another point in life.
Maybe it's gotten to the point where, yeah, you know that God can really use you for His gloriously big plan, but your season of life just isn't quite right for it yet. You've got to reach a little further, or wait a little longer and then, then you'll be able to do something, anything, for the Kingdom of Heaven.
Because the truth of it is, perfect never really will come to you until the day you step onto Heavens shores. Perfect never will arrive for you as long as your home is an earthly floor.
Yeah, it’s true, you really were made to do something, and not some distant day in the future, but every day that you are here on earth for.
If that were to be true, then you and I would be set up for nothing else but a whole lot of failure.
Yeah, so it might not be what you had in mind. But ministry can come in a variety of shapes. Who’s to say you know just the right one, after all?
So you've got kids running crazy and a mess in every room, so bless another mom that's feeling run down and invite her to join you right there in that mess, because she's more than likely just as desperate for encouragement as you are today.
You probably want to do something about it just as badly as I do, and yet how often we try our best to shut it out of our heads. And why? Why do we try so hard to turn a blind eye to the needs that seem to be out to overwhelm us?
Well, I can really only answer this for myself, but maybe you can also relate. You see, when I think about the need I see my inadequacies all staring right back at me. I see my shortcomings and my lack of ability. I see my humanity and incapability, and it doesn't take all that long for it to completely paralyze me.
But did anyone ever do any good by doing nothing instead?
If your life is redeemed and your heart is restored by the Love and Grace of a good God up above, then friend can I remind you, you have more than enough to give!
You have life everlasting to share with the world. You have hope that's eternal, the kind that nothing can steal.
So why, do we fall for the lie that we don't have an amount that is worth it to give?
What if you and I did a switch and instead of seeing our lack of ability, we saw only our riches from eternity?
Dream a little with me- what would be the difference if every heart that believed in a Savior who redeems, took the tools that they have and turned them into a daily gift of love?
Sure, we might just be dirt poor at this very moment, but if we've been given the ability to speak, then why not go and use that to fill another person's desperate need for encouragement?
We might be trapped in by a family to care for, but don't we have a pen and paper and just a few minutes to spare? Then why not turn it into the filler for another souls need, and write out a letter that speaks life into their broken world?
We might have the earthly resource and no time left in our day, except to right a check for the amount that's extra this month. Then send it off to someone who's coming up short and is in need of a little extra today.
And no matter what can't we always, always pray for another human being?
So, what's your greatest source of means today? Whatever it is go ahead and turn it into a tangible form of Christ's love.
Send an invite or make a gift. When you love much through word and deed, you'll find that love comes spilling right over you from the Source of Love Himself.
Our live's are meant to be overflowing, but you and I have to start giving in order to open up those endless streams of heaven's grace.
If each of us gathered up our little amount of ability, and put it into a daily use, we might find that changing the world isn't so far out of our reach. If each of us lifted even our emptiest of hands up to a Father who loves to transform, can't we believe that He's going to enable us to give out His love?
Be a giver of life out of what you hold in your own hands right now-no matter how small. You hold the treasures of heaven inside of you and that gift of His life has the ability to take on a thousand different forms.
When we live a life that gives out His love in countless ways, we begin to see it running in deeper streams within us today.