Has God freed you? Rejoice! Has God fed your family? Rejoice! Has God showed you where you can grow? Rejoice! Have you finally been able to afford a home? Rejoice! Have you gotten our of jail? Rejoice! Are you able to help someone? Rejoice! Are you alive? REJOICE!
We have so much, yet we tend to focus on the negative no matter how great what we’ve been given is. Doesn’t this seem off to you? No matter how beautiful something, that someone will go to Earth’s end to argue, sow strife, or make someone feel ashamed?
If someone has made you feel like poop, I am here to tell you – welcome to the club, and don’t let it offend you. It’s going to happen in this life. It happened to Jesus too. I actually heard it said once that we “should” offend people, to stir them up a bit. But I can’t help that if anyone has the right do that particular action, it’s God — not me.
I will leave him to do that part and follow him where he leads me. If he is leading you to stir the waters then okay, but be kind and don’t make people feel like poop or you negate the very thing you speak of, making yourself look silly.
Today’s free white is rooted in a religion VS relationship theme. Because those who make people feel like poop are typically assuming they are right and everyone else is wrong. And this is exactly what Jesus dealt with in his day. He of all people was right but took a lowly position to love on people rather than ever flaunt his rightness around.
Maybe this too long for you to read. That’s okay, I am not offended. More than anything this is something I felt led to write, no matter who reads it, or zero.
If Someone Has Made You Feel Like Poop, Rejoice
“Go ahead and call me _________, it puts me in good company.” – Steven Furtick (and no he didn’t cuss….watch the video to find out what he said)
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This week’s word is PRIVILEGE
There’s always 2 ways to see things: hope-filled or hate-filled
We can go into this by first asking ourselves what we think a privilege is:
- Something to be admired?
- Something to disdain?
- Something to hold onto to?
- Something to let go of?
After we ask ourselves these things, we can ask ourselves, “What do I think my privilege IS?” After asking this, we may better know what we are to do with it.
“Advantage” is one of the definitions to describe this word.
Everything is nothing compared to knowing Christ (Phil 3:8). If I have any advantage it is this fact. The privilege I have of knowing him and making him known is beyond any words I could formulate or string. The truth is, though it is an advantage to have God walk with me through life — it is not unreachable for another. This advantage was for all men and women and still is today.
- If eternal life is for me, it is for you too.
- If joy on earth and goodwill toward men is for me, it is for you too.
- If I have a privilege of some sort, you do too, because we are each given more of something that which we are to give.
I have the honor and privilege of being blessed with time in this season of my life.
- Time to sit in silence
- Time to listen
- Time to ponder
- Time to perceive
- Time to pour out
- Time to serve
Time for me, is a privilege God has placed in my hands and I am to steward it well. When we have a privilege, or an advantage — we must not hoard that blessing but pray God helps us to use it for his glory. When we listen to him, it won’t matter what others say or think by scanning the surface. We will know we are doing right because we are walking with him daily and obeying in each moment.
***If someone feeds hope and life into your and what you’ve been given, that person is speaking the truth that lines with God’s word. If someone looks at you and what you’ve been given with disdain and discontent in their eyes or voice, if they accuse and make you feel like poop — they are not speaking what God is saying. We all mistep, but can’t make it a regular habit of judging others no matter how right we think we are.
Paul wrote this letter and I want to share it with you today…
“My beloved ones, don’t ever limit your joy or fail to rejoice in the wonderful experience of knowing our Lord Jesus!
I don’t mind repeating what I’ve already written you because it protects you— beware of those religious hypocrites who teach that you should be circumcised to please God. For we have already experienced “heart-circumcision,” and we worship God in the power and freedom of the Holy Spirit, not in laws and religious duties. We are those who boast in what Jesus Christ has done, and not in what we can accomplish in our own strength.
It’s true that I once relied on all that I had become. I had a reason to boast and impress people with my accomplishments—more than others—for my pedigree was impeccable…
…Yet all of the accomplishments that I once took credit for, I’ve now forsaken them and I regard it all as nothing compared to the delight of experiencing Jesus Christ as my Lord! 8 To truly know him meant letting go of everything from my past and throwing all my boasting on the garbage heap. It’s all like a pile of manure to me now, so that I may be enriched in the reality of knowing Jesus Christ and embrace him as Lord in all of his greatness.
My passion is to be consumed with him and not clinging to my own “righteousness” based in keeping the written Law.” Philippians 3:1-4, 7-9 The Message
We have nothing except that God gave it to us. What is your privilege today, friend? Share it somewhere with someone, and don’t be scared to rejoice that you can.
I highly encourage you to read Phil. 4 about living in harmony with one another so we do not get off an tangents and start judging one another. It is what is on the inside that counts, though much of the world would not have us believe this. We value what God values.
Isaiah 58 is another “religious mindset versus God’s heart” and I recommend it too.