GiG, I hope you each had a blessed Thanksgiving. I was a little under the weather, but nothing too dramatic. It was just enough to warn me that it’s time to slow down and prioritize “self-care.” So, slowdown is what I did.
11 Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the gospel message I preach is not based on mere human reasoning. 12 I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ. 13 You know what I was like when I followed the Jewish religion—how I violently persecuted God’s church. I did my best to destroy it. 14 I was far ahead of my fellow Jews in my zeal for the traditions of my ancestors. 15 But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him 16 to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles. When this happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being. 17 Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to consult with those who were apostles before I was. Instead, I went away into Arabia, and later I returned to the city of Damascus. Galatians 1:11-17 NLT
During one of my evenings of downtime, sitting
in front of a well-lit fireplace, with a hot cup of Rubios tea in one hand, Bible turned to Galatians 1 in the other, and a Dr. Stanley devotional on the footstool, I was reminded that the Lord speaks to all of us so that we may comprehend the truth, conform to the truth, and communicate the truth. Comprehending, conforming, and communicating truth is what I’ve attempted to do since taking on this life-changing, life affirming GiG assignment eight years in the making. This GPS (God Positioning System) has been clearly a roadmap to discipleship. And as most of you know, discipleship simply means disciplined learner.
As we maneuver through the end of 2019 and anticipate all that God has for us in 2020, our spirit needs to be shaped according to the Father’s will. Like Paul, the Lord keeps working on us long after our desert moment. Paul spent three years in the desert, a student of the Holy Spirit. Think about it, like Paul, we are the Holy Spirit’s students and the knowledge we reap from Scripture should be changing our life and the lives of people in our circle of influence. GiG, are you sharing what you learn with others? Are you a student of the Holy Spirit more than a student of the world?
God’s Got It…so we can GROW—I have been all things unholy; if God can work through me, he can work through anyone. St. Francis of Assisi
May we be encouraged to pray for one another. Ask the Lord to help us be teachable, thankful, and to live in whole-hearted response of His greatness today, tomorrow, and forever.
Called to serve and encouraging others to thrive,
DEA: Embracing a Work-Hard, Rest-Well Life and Loving My Priorities, Loving My Life