"Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other guy to die." — Karen Jensen
Do you like waiting? I don’t! Waiting is hard for everyone, but especially for crazy goal-setting people!
In today’s gotta-have-it-quick world, we want everything fast – we don’t want to wait for anything, whether it’s an order online, a drive-through latte, or the next phase of our dream to come true.
But I’ve noticed that the word “wait” appears in scripture more than once, and it’s not really bad news -- it just requires patience. Let’s face it: sometimes, like it or not, we’re in a season of waiting.
So, if you don’t know what to do, or things just aren’t happening fast enough for you, you’re in a season of preparation or waiting, let me encourage you with this today: get the most out of the time that you can. Yes, right now, today. Just go ahead and enjoy your current season. It won’t last forever, I promise!
I think too often we set our sights on a goal for our lives and we push, push, push until we get there, without enjoying the journey. If that’s you, here are three things to remember:
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I have good news for you today: God wants to promote you! He wants you to grow, to increase, to move forward so you can get to the next level in your life. That’s totally His plan for you.
How is that going to happen?
Well, here’s the deal: God’s method of promotion is, and always has been, faithfulness. And let’s face it, that’s on us. We decide how faithful we are.
How bad do you want the next level? How far do you want to go? Ummm….how faithful do you want to be?
God’s looking for people who can be trusted to stick with it through hard times, with a humble, teachable attitude. He’s looking for people who will get the job done and not quit in the middle of it. More than talent, charisma, or good looks, God is looking for faithfulness.
So if you’ve been seeking God about a certain direction or decision and you just aren’t getting a definite answer, go ahead and be faithful where you are until you know for sure. Here’s how:
If you’ve been alive longer than about 15 minutes, someone has probably hurt you or done you wrong. When that happens to any of us, we all have a choice – hold onto the hurt, or let it go and forgive.
Forgiving isn’t always easy, but holding onto hurt is like attaching a ball and chain to your ankle. Every time you try to run your race, that ball bangs against your leg, hindering your progress and causing you pain. It’s unforgiveness, plain and simple, and it affects every area of your life and steals your joy. It’s bondage!
Hebrews 12:1 says, “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
I truly believe that, among other things, unforgiveness is one of those weights and yes, one of those sins. Holding onto hurt weighs you down!
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Lots of people have asked me how Bob & I met, so here’s the story:
In June 2012 I was writing Why God Why? and I “just happened” to be writing about the grief process – how there are stages to go through if you’ve suffered loss, but how no one else can dictate how fast or slow, easy or hard, you go through each stage....
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