“Why don’t you?”
“Why won’t you?”
“If you were smart, you’d…”
“If I could go back, I’d….”
“Girl, you need to…”
Lately, these questions and statements have been the story of my life. Let’s be honest, we all get fed up sometimes. Like sick and tired of being sick and tired! When we get to these places in our lives, it can be so easy to try and manipulate our own circumstance. But here’s the thing, when you are submitted to Christ, you are no longer living just for yourself. You no longer make plans and decisions based off of your own feelings. And let me tell you, everyone won’t understand. People who do not know Christ will question you, which in turn may cause you to question God. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with questioning God, but many times, we know exactly what he’s asking us to do…. we just want someone to justify our actions based on our emotions. But I am here to remind you, that everything isn’t about you.
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23
That’s the KJV. It sounds pretty simple right? Well, continue reading. I like how the message translation breaks it down.
“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? If any of you is embarrassed with me and the way I’m leading you, know that the Son of Man will be far more embarrassed with you when he arrives in all his splendor in company with the Father and the holy angels. This isn’t, you realize, pie in the sky by and by. Some who have taken their stand right here are going to see it happen, see with their own eyes the kingdom of God.”
I know i’m not the first to say this, but sometimes IT IS HARD to let God lead you. He doesn’t want to lead you in some things, but in EVERYTHING. So back to those original questions and statements in the beginning of this post… these are questions and statements from people who see my struggle from day to day. No, I don’t walk around like woe is me, but I do get tired…just like you do. Whether you know it or not, people are watching. People are also listening.
This is where God gets the glory. When you let God lead your life, people will notice. When you obey him, even through an uncomfortable situation, they will take notice. Sometimes you’ll have to encourage yourself! You’ll have to remember the word of the Lord. It’s okay to feel pain and suffering. It’s okay to express your emotions and feelings. I once read a quote that really stuck with me. Someone once said, “emotions are a gauge, not a guide.” So, although God will give me the desires of my heart, he also reminds me that it’s no good to always get what I want and lose the real me in the process. God doesn’t want us to live a dreadful life. He wants us to live our best lives and that requires us to allow him to take control. We have to do it his way, which is not often the way we imagined or feel comfortable with.
Today, spend some time asking God what his will is for your life. Make purposeful efforts in letting him lead and guide you. Then watch him mold you into the greatness that he created you to be!