Move On, So God Can Use You

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I have a mantra, and it’s called “Move On.” I have a friend who despises my chant. Tells me I’m insensitive. Move on just doesn’t click with him. The way I look at it we’ve all been disappointed, hurt, abused and kicked around, but we have to move on. I’m sure my mom would agree with him, she doesn’t like my advice either. But she takes it.

For a few months, I’ve been leading a writing workshop at a women’s shelter. And most sessions are not about the prose and poetry, it’s about the pain and anger. Yet, my aim is to encourage these women to face their fears and, you guessed it, move on.  I tell them, you’ve already started to move, look where you are. They chuckle.

I’m not saying it’s easy, it’s not. But we can’t hang on to stuff, let it cloud our perspective, cause us to push people away, kick us down, stop us from moving forward. We can’t get what God has for us if we stay where we are. We can’t hear him, we will not listen, and we will not obey.

Remember those Israelites who started grumbling they wanted to go back to Egypt where they ate fish at no cost. They wanted cucumbers melons, leeks onions, and garlic because they were tired of eating manna, living in the desert (Numbers 11:5). They didn’t want to move on. They stayed in that desert for a might long time, don’t you think.

I, too, can be stubborn and not move on. But I’m learning the more I hold onto a grudge, anger, bitterness I am less likely to grow with God. God sure can’t use us if we’re stuck in one place, unwilling to trust him to make our lives better. I’ve been there. I’m glad God didn’t kick me to the curb.

And I’m not the only one who says move on. Apostle Paul said to the Philippi, Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13b-14). The Message version: I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

Like the runner, we too, must edge forward and move on.

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Today’s Prayer

Father God, help us to move on. Don’t let our hurts become festering wounds that cannot heal. Do not let us stay where we are, unable to push forward. Help us to find peace with you despite the storm, the chaos, the crazy. Amen.

A beautiful true love story

Sometimes a good love story perks up the soul. It reminds us that despite our tragedies, disappointments , and ugliness that we are in this earth to be loved and to love. Enjoy!

Morning Story and Dilbert

Kleenex Alert

See a wonderful YouTube Version at:http://youtu.be/5R8PWX5pU5Q

One day, a young guy and a young girl fell in love.

But the guy came from a poor family. The girl’s parents weren’t too happy.

So the young man decided not only to court the girl but to court her parents as well. In time, the parents saw that he was a good man and was worthy of their daughter’s hand.

But there was another problem: The man was a soldier. Soon, war broke out and he was being sent overseas for a year. The week before he left, the man knelt on his knee and asked his lady love, “Will you marry me?” She wiped a tear, said yes, and they were engaged. They agreed that when he got back in one year, they would get married.

But tragedy struck. A few days after he left, the girl had…

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Moments of Insanity

Insanity: doing the same thing the same way expecting the same results. Each time I read this quote, or hear it, I have to check myself. And there’s always something going on in my life that’s insane and needs to change.

I’ll share, if you’ll share:
1) I applied for the same position, same department, and was passed over all three times. Really? Insane.
2) Again, I fall for that line: I’ll call you later. I wait two days, sometimes three. Finally, get the call. Talk for as hour. I’ll expect another call the next day. A few text messages, and then weeks will go by. Hmm. Maybe this long distance stuff is not working. Insane.

See. It happens to the best of us. But one thing is for sure, the more I pray, I not only expect God to answer, but I know I must obey, and the insanity decreases. I’m less prone to do the same thing, the same way, repeatedly, and expect the same results. I’m able to step back, and remind myself God is in control, believing God has something better for me. And as he teaches me patience, I’m learning to position myself for a different perspective– not insanity.

Today’s prayer:

Lord, help us to hear You. Help us to pray, to listen, and to watch for we know great things are on the way minus the insanity. Amen.