Sometimes the truth of a thought weighs on you in such a way that you know the Holy Spirit is wanting you to wrestle through it.
We are Shaken
We are shaken by circumstances on a daily basis.
We’re shaken in the midst of daily mom moments – – disobedient children, unexpected messes, tantrums, or even the laundry piling up and leaving us overwhelmed.
We’re shaken in the midst of daily marriage moments – – a lack of communication, a conflict, misunderstandings, finding clothes on the floor…again.
Sometimes we’re shaken to our core in the midst of significant life events – – a job loss, a divorce, a health crisis, or the death of someone we love.
The reality is…we are shaken people. We get bumped, rattled, pushed, and knocked down. The mere act of living has us in a constant state of sloshing about.
We spill out what we pour in
It’s not a question of whether our cups will spill over when shaken; it’s a question of WHAT WILL SPILL OUT? And here’s the truth…there is simply no way to spill out something different than what we’ve poured in.
Most days, my circumstances are just those of typical daily life…common to us all. But even in the day to day, more often than I care to admit, I find myself creating an absolute disaster zone from the mess of what spills from my cup in response to my circumstances.
Anger. Frustration. Harshness. Disappointment. Unkindness. Discontent. Bitterness. Selfishness. Rage.
The harrowing truth
The most harrowing part of this truth is that I don’t ever intentionally pour those characteristics into my cup. None of us do. Those characteristics are poured in easily and naturally all on their own because I am a sinful woman.
I have to AGGRESIVELY and CONSISTENTLY empty my giant cup of sin and INTENTIONALLY pour in things of eternal value, because it’s only then that I have any hope to spill out that which will honor God.
Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Gentleness. Faithfulness. Self-Control.
Jesus, More of You and Less of Me
Jesus – help us to be intentional in filling our hearts with more of you so that everything that spills out of us, regardless of our circumstances, brings you glory and honor. Amen.
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