It’s not ALL about me….

Have you ever stopped to think that some of the stuff GOD puts you through may not ACTUALLY be about or even FOR you?  Seriously, I took a couple of days away from the laptop and the phone..to THINK.  I’ve got much to write about, it’ll take FOREVER to relay it all to you.  But, here’s the first thing that struck a real chord in my heart.

For the first time in my half century life, I spent THANKSGIVING alone.  Like the other crazy events going on in our lives now, it was par for the course and I was perfectly fine with it! 😀

Let me say this. MUCH LESS is sometimes FAR MORE valuable than we can comprehend.  GOD spoke volumes to my spirit this Thanksgiving and it goes down in my journal as one of the BEST THANKSGIVINGS ever!

So you’re saying to yourself..Okay, you just told us that you were alone for a FAMILY holiday. Well, yeah…but, that’s what made it so special.

I had heaps of flashpoint moments..don’t you love that word? I don’t think it’s a real word, but if you’re looking for a good read, consider FLASHPOINTS by Stephen Arterburn(Tyndale).  I’ve read it at least half a dozen times from cover to cover and refer to sections of it ALL the time.

So, the hook line of the book is..When GOD ignites the passion in your soul to make a difference—no matter what the cost

As my soon to be son, Scott, often says..that’s monumental.  Why not zero in on the very trial you find yourself in at this moment in time. Proverbs 27:17 says:  As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend (amplified; to show rage or worthy purpose).

I knew what countenance meant, but I looked up the official definition given by The American Heritage College Edition..Appearance,esp. an expression of the face or facial features. A look or expression of apparent encouragement, support or approval in general.  Showing full and confident composure.

Follow me and I can almost guarantee you that this shorter than usual post will transform the way you look at your current state of affairs. So, what if ..what you’re going through isn’t so much about you? Suppose that GOD may be using you to refine someone else. It’s quite possible that HE is using your problems to speak hope or confidence into the life of another person!

WOW! THAT is SOOOOOO cool!

I’ve spent A LOT of time analyzing why our lives take drastic turns sometimes when we least expect them and I’ve decided that it’s not always meant to be a downward spiral.  Why?  Because I believe that what happens in my own life, good or bad, IS part of the PURPOSE that GOD has designed for me. FULL STOP.

When you read Proverbs 17:17…It explains my thoughts greater than I ever could.  A friend LOVES at all times and is born, as is a brother, for adversity.

WHOA! Back up that train of thought slowly! FLASHPOINT: A brother and/or a friend can be put in our lives for ADVERSITY and not only to rejoice in our HAPPY or TRIUMPHANT moments? That’s what the WORD says!  Well that sure sends the PROSPERITY PROPHETS packing! If you’re a believer..you’re going to have some rough times.  You’re going to have needs that GOD meets through other people! Sometimes, HE will use me (or you) to do the same for another believer.  That’s how GOD works through and in HIS people!

Do you see just how monumental THAT really is? There’s a reason many are called fair weather friends. At the first sign of trouble, look around you and the FRIENDSHIP line greatly diminishes.  In general, we humans don’t like to endure hardships of our own..let alone somebody else’s!  But, THE WORD says that we…are BORN to help one another THROUGH the adversity.

It’d take forever to cover the depth of such a thought. It’s like an onion..paper thin layers of meaning..but, for now..let me peel off an outer layer.

What if my (or your) current situation has very little to do with me (or you) and is far more important in the life of somebody else? What if I’ve been looking at this thing…thinking that I’M THE STAR….when in reality, I’ve only got a supporting role?

What if GOD looked down at me (or you) and while I (or you) was feeling at my lowest..vulnerable, weak, unsuccessful, a miserable failure..and maybe GOD was seeing someone TOTALLY opposite of that. What if HE saw a faithful servant, who like JOB, could and would..STAND strong and firm in faith and trust..NO MATTER how grim our circumstances look to everyone else?

What if GOD looked at me (or you) and whispered..I need somebody who I know can withstand the heat, the fire, the storms, the battering, the ridicule, the judgment of others

because a brother or a sister needs an opportunity to PRACTICE walking with another brother or sister through adversity.

What if GOD chose me (or you) to travel through the valley or to climb the mountain or to set sail on the rough seas..not JUST FOR OUR BENEFIT..to grow our dependence on HIM…but…to also help John or Sally or James or Carol..

Now that’s an exciting, positive, alternative way to look at our problems isn’t it? If GOD can use me (and you) to GROW another brother or sister’s faith..we should celebrate in the honor.  By golly, I do believe the BOOK of JAMES beat me to that discovery…

REMEMBER? Consider it wholly joyful, my brothers, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations!

Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience(with no defects), lacking in nothing.

Seriously..you should read the first chapter of James. I say go for the WHOLE thing..it’ll take you all of fifteen minutes to go through the five chapters. Then again, you could spend ALL day on those five chapters. If you get it..I mean, if you REALLY get it..you’ll gain insight about troubles and problems that are so contrary to what the rest of the family wants you to believe.

Got problems? Well then, YOU, my friend, are SPECIAL..chosen by our LORD as worthy..STRONG & FAITHFUL..you’ve been deemed a spirit warrior who can withstand whatever is hurled your way because YOU have GOD’S FAVOR on your life!

Tell your GOLIATH to give it up because you aren’t going anywhere! My GOD wants you to understand and to fully believe that you’ve GOT THIS BATTLE no matter how ridiculously slim your chances of victory seem.

GOD is using you because you’re MIGHTY…and you’ve got what it TAKES to WIN! Remember..when we are at our weakest…HE is at HIS STRONGEST!

You’re being used to give another HOPE and COURAGE. They (those in your circle of influence) are watching you..they want to see how you handle your troubles.  DON’T give in to Satan’s lies and deceptions!  Don’t listen to those who allow the ENEMY to speak discouragement and ridicule through them!

And don’t you be deceived. THOSE inside the church are more apt to be used by the ENEMY than those on the outside! It’s a brilliant scheme Satan uses, but, I’m on to him and so are you!

We’ve SO got this..IF GOD be for us..who can stand against us? Get out your sword and show them what you’re made of and I guarantee you that HE will reward your willingness to be used in the most dire of situations! You’re a winner and so am I!

HE FAVORS YOU…and HE FAVORS ME!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 15:10:54

    This is very good Lisa. Thanks for sharing. I needed to read this today. Hugs and blessings.

    Reply

  2. Nette
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 16:30:45

    Thanks girl!! I agree with Jennifer…I needed that encouragement today.
    Nett

    Reply

  3. Kelly Coker
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 01:32:05

    Wonderful words of encouragement that I needed to hear. I’m struggling through a battle of my own and satan tries his best to use this unfamiliar territory against me. BUT, I will not give in and will not allow him to have victory over me. Thanks for sharing your story, thoughts and heart. Continuing to pray for you!
    Kelly

    Reply

  4. dangerouslytransparent
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 08:44:06

    Reblogged this on Dangerously Transparent and commented:

    Someone sent a note to say thanks for the comfort they received as they read this post yesterday. I looked at the date of the original posting & my spirit was stirred deeply; GOD uses what we do according to HIS timing and not our own. I’d already forgotten about myThanksgiving of 2010 and needed to remember how my circumstances continue to work out for my good! Though it’s nearly 3 years old, maybe our FATHER wants to speak to your heart through it today. ❤
    Hope & Happiness,
    Lis 🙂

    Reply

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