Trust whatever He has for you. It will be better than anything you can plan for yourself.
Humility isn’t putting yourself down, it’s putting God first. Denying your abilities, downplaying your talents, speaking badly about yourself, or refusing to step forward are not signs of true humility. The focus here is just as much on self as if one were conceited. The Bible tells us to ‘let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is jn heaven’ (Matt5:17). Instead of playing small and dimming your light, use all your gifts to serve the Lord and others, giving all the credit and praise back to Him, apart from whom we can do nothing. True humility is simply seeing yourself as God says you are.
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You think fairy tales are only for girls? Here’s a hint - ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn’t just the women. It’s the great male fantasy - all it takes is one dance to know that she’s the one. All it takes is the sound of her song from the tower, or a look at her sleeping face. And right away you know - this is the girl in your head, sleeping or dancing or singing in front of you. Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much. And they don’t want a very long courtships. They want to know immediately.
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She is free not by disobeying the rules but by obeying them.
One of the things I love about the Gospel of John is that we get to see Jesus specifically thinking about us, those who come after the generation of the apostles. We believe, but without having seen. We have to trust the testimony of those who did. We have to take their changed lives based on their conviction of Jesus’ resurrection as our starting point. Today, we can take great comfort that Jesus looked beyond the horizon of the apostles’ ministry. He saw those of us who would later believe without having seen Jesus alive both before and after his crucifixion and he gives us God’s blessing!
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for thinking of our generation and our challenge to believe in your resurrection and offering us your blessing. We thank you for the ways you minister to us at God’s right hand as our exalted Lord. May we, your Church, more fully demonstrate your character and your compassion as we live as your presence in the world. Amen.
In our culture today, people are used to getting things right away. Some people say that we live in a “microwave” society. In other words, we’ve been programmed for immediacy. People don’t like to wait. But the scripture says, “It’s through faith and patience that we inherit God’s promises.”
Sometimes, it’s easy for people to start out in faith. We declare, “God, I believe I’m going to accomplish my dreams. God, I believe I’m going to overcome this obstacle.” But, it gets harder when we have to walk in patience. When you pray, can you say, “God, I not only believe for big things but I trust Your timing? God, I’m not going to get discouraged if it doesn’t happen immediately. I’m not going to give up because it’s taken a week, a month or five years. I know the set time is already in my future, so I’m going to wait with faith and patience because I know that it’s on the way.”
Remember, through faith and patience we inherit His promises. Trust His Word, trust His timing, and trust that your answer is on its way!