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Complete in THIS Present Moment

 

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For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. (Col 2:9-10)*

We are complete in Christ!

I love this concept, for I used to always think I was inadequate in everything. 2 Peter 1:3-4 are verses to which I continually return:

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature….**

I’m a go-getter and I want to reach my full potential for God, even though I know it can’t be 100% due to my imperfection.

Anyway, I was having a hard time wrapping my mind around this truth of having the fullness of Christ dwelling in little old me. I think part of my problem was thinking in terms of the end of my earthly life, not the here and now. Since I have everything I need to fulfill all the works God has planned for me—even right now—I need not be concerned with the future.

Now please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying we should never think about or plan for the future. We should, but there’s a time and place for that. I often get bogged down with all those details and distracted by them. I believe the Lord is telling me to focus on the present moment and to do my best in this very moment. All those other issues can be attended to at the proper time as He leads. Plus as we saw last week, He’s a much better Plate-spinner than I am. He won’t break any of those dishes.

Accomplishing all the works which my Lord has planned for me (Eph 2:10) is made up of millions of individual seconds—31,557,600 seconds/year to be exact. If I keep this in mind, I’ll be able to strive to give my all to what’s important in any given moment:

  • In this task (for me that’s writing this blog)
  • When dealing with a troubled loved one.
  • While packing for my move.
  • In just being still during my devotional time with my awesome Savior!

I can just relax (=be at peace) about those future moments and not get so hyper (alias worry). I know I’ve written numerous times about this topic—like just last week. But I need these truths repeated and illustrated in different ways so I can more clearly understand it; so I can live as if it were actually true—because it is. Perhaps you need it too.

For greater clarity, we need a brief language lesson on peace and anxiety.

Both the Greek and Hebrew words used for peace convey the idea of wholeness, completeness, or tranquility in the soul that is unaffected by the outward circumstances or pressures. 1The Greek word for anxiety, the lack of peace, literally means to “be divided or distracted.”2

What’s all this mean? It means…

You can have an undivided mind and heart in any given situation—if you’re bound and yielded to the Prince of peace.

When you’re relaxed, you can focus better, be more efficient, learn quicker, and experience life more fully.

So until next time, my friends—which I won’t think about right now—be present in your current moment and experience your Lord, loved ones, and life more completely.

 

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1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit of the Holy Spirit,19, Oct. 2013.

2http://biblesuite.com/greek/3309.htm

*New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

**THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica.  All rights reserved worldwide

Are you Too Busy? Let God be Your Plate-Spinner

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School is here for most of you and there are a million things to do and juggle. And while I’m not in school or have kids there, I’m moving in 3 weeks! Yikes! If we’re not careful we will become frazzled complainers and poor example-setters for those around us.

A few years ago my kind Lord gave me a ridiculous word picture that I have never forgotten. It’s always been one of my favorites. Since I’m a doer and on the high energy side (to put it mildly), the Lord often brings this idea to the forefront of my mind—that of a plate-spinner.  

Have you ever watched one? It’s dizzying and stress-producing just to do so! (Check out this video if you need to get hyper!)

But in my crazy word picture, it’s even more hectic. Each spinning plate has their own bunch of plates that need to be spun! Ridiculous—I know. Maybe God just wants you and I to laugh when we’re stressed out!

Seriously though, the Lord is trying to tell you and me that it is impossible for us to keep all these details spinning properly, let alone maintain peace. That’s how absurd it is when you and I try to do life on our own, and expect things to work out. I certainly have broken a few (well many) dishes in my life when I was “in control.”

Managing the varied tasks and relationships of our lives can get quite complicated, for each category has subsets of its own. Take your family, work, ministry, school, projects, etc., then add all the pertinent subcategories. For example, using one of your kids list all the areas in his life, including problems. see the chart below:

Now don’t stop there—keep adding details to each subset. No wonder it’s so difficult to focus on any given area properly! Everything suffers:

  • Relationships wane.
  • Work efficiency plummets.
  • Our joy has left the circus.
  • And peace—what’s that?!

Unless, of course, God is the Plate-spinner. He is not one of those plates, mind you. He’s the One controlling each of those plates.

It is God directing our yielded lives that keeps us from having shattered ones.

It is through Him that we are empowered to keep all these areas going in the proper, best, and most long-lasting way.

With this type of approach, you will be able to give complete attention to one area at a time—without worrying. You can be fully present as you deal with your troubled child or work on a project deadline. Contrary to what most of us believe, our brains are not designed to multitask. Instead, you can choose to trust your Lord for guidance and wisdom as to how and when to address each area. And while you focus on that one plate, He will keep the other plates spinning and not allow any to fall and break (or even chip).

I encourage you to take each of your plates, individually and offer it to God. Be as specific as you can in naming your plates (and sub-plates). Prayerfully express your concerns about them to God. Then, by faith, let Him take control. Focus on Him instead of your plates. Follow through with whatever He says. He won’t drop the ball (plate)—He promises!

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. (Is 26:3)*

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…. (Heb 12:2)**

Remember friends, your life doesn’t have to be a circus!

 

*New King James Version (NKJV)®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

**THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica.  All rights reserved worldwide

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