What It's Like to Be Me...
Check out this devotional by my friend D. Andrews...
Well, I hope that all mothers had a blessed Mother’s Day Weekend. And if you no longer have a mother this side of heaven, as I do, I prayed you had a celebratory time of reflection of her investment in you and the dividends attributed to her account.
4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5 There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NLT
GiG, I’ve been thinking more about what it means to be me, not my siblings, parents, grandparents, co-workers or anyone else for that matter. Don’t get me wrong, I can admire any one of these people, learn from them, but I can’t be them and neither can you be them or me. I’ve had people as of late try to fit me (a square peg) in a round hole. It just doesn’t work. And like those people before them, those around me today are finally coming to terms with it too.
As I hone my skills as a therapist, I have come to terms with no matter where I reside, I’m a Jersey girl through and through. I read my Bible through the lens of a northeast state of mind—a little bit of sass and whole lot of attitude. OUCH! I say what I mean and mean what I say. I don’t say much at times but the wheels in my head are constantly spinning. I focus on the problem first and not the person or people. I work hard and rest with intentionality. All skills that have been helpful in my life and careers. However, I don’t have a “game face;” what you see is what you get. And for therapists I’m told that’s not a good thing, but it’s been working for me and the clients I see. Yet, in a season of doubting, the Holy Spirit reminded me of truths found in Galatians 6:4-5 KJV and John 21-22 KJV, but it was The Message translation (MSG) and The New Century Version (NCV) respectively that both confronted and comforted me.
4-5 Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.
21 When Peter saw him behind them, he asked Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” 22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to live until I come back, that is not your business. You follow me.”
Jesus was insistent then and hasn’t change. I mustn’t occupy myself with another person’s assignment, plan or program but instead stay focused on following Jesus and in the process be the best me I can be. And that’s true for you too.
May we be encouraged, God’s not finish with us yet so remain firmly rooted—spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. The pressure to be conformed by this world is only going to get stronger. Remain Rooted!
God’s Got It… so we can know the TRUTH—The Lord is our hiding place.