So this is my conclusion, I am a whiny spoiled brat that is not getting her way. O wait, let me backup and tell you about my day. This morning began with my loving husband offering to pick up groceries for me after work. Most women would be “Thank you Jesus”. I just grumpily complied. That was my escape from prison I thought. Okay, change of plans for my day. Deep breaths, Colleen. I can do this.
I decided to start a Bible study that I was looking at yesterday. Maybe I can share this study with other women. As I thought through this I began to think of the fear that is seizing some of Christians in our world. The fear that has been let into our hearts because we are not in control anymore. Normal routines were thrown out the window. We are now being told where to work, play, shop, eat and worship.
Not in Control
I look judgmentally at these Christians while my own anxiety builds in me.It does not look like fear. No, it looks like anger. It builds in me because I am NOT in control. I can’t do what I want. My husband wants me to stay home instead of going to Kroger everyday. My bank account goes down to where I don’t want it to be. I feel like I don’t have a purpose that is clearly defined because I do not go to work. I have no social interaction with others. WAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So this is my conclusion, I am a whiny spoiled brat that is not getting her way.
In general I am quite flexible in situations that are obvious examples of where one needs to be flexible. See in my mind, if it is the right time to be flexible, then you should be flexible. But if I do not think it is the right time to be flexible because either the other party is wrong, selfish or ignorant, I become full of self righteousness. Yes, you know those people.
Now who wants to hang out with me.
I have come a long way from my 20’s when I was dumb, broke and a know-it-all adult. I have learned that being right does not trump relationships. Loving others as Christ loves them is more important than being right or thinking I am right. So I want to be peacefully flexible in what God is doing in my life and in other people.
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45
Your reaction to this situation in our world today might present itself differently than Fear, Anxiety or Anger. But we need to stop and examine to see if we are flexible with what God is doing in our world today. Are you being flexible or are you letting your situation, publicly or privately, take over your heart and mind. Sooner or later, all will know where you stand by how you react.
Take some time to read Ruth 1 today.
This morning I began a new bible study in the book of Ruth. Naomi and Ruth were both put in situations that were filled with famine, death and a really long road trip. If you keep reading the story of Ruth, you will see that God redeems us all – no matter if we are flexible at the beginning of the situation, the middle or the end. He loves you that much. He is waiting for you, arms open wide. I am a whiny spoiled brat that is not getting her way but I can run into God’s arms everyday. There he can help me be more flexible to His will every day.
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