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Changing Our Focus in an Imperfect World
Living in Our Own Skin
Living out our faith complicates when distractions attempt to impede the journey. So many live a life unaware of the disdain of differing positions. The brokenness of an imperfect world wants to pull our focus to the negative. While we can be part of that negativity, shouldn't we try to lead with a firm hope to limit our self-absorbed reactions?
We must stop fooling ourselves and admit most people want to shine in a favorable light, yet, deny the light that makes them shine. I suppose this "limelight" attraction accounts for the grave misinterpretation of the coined phrase "Be the change!"
While everyone struggles with this concept, I pray our change comes from within. Where hopeful elements of truth and faith can absorb within our hearts, we can pour into others seeking to serve others with grace.
A foul morning breath remnant of the previous day's choices is distasteful. We can become fresh when we realize whether crazy, exemplary, or threatening, our day is still essential, and God wants to use us in it!
Perhaps we could be thankful for the breath in our lungs while being trusted with one more chance to get it right.
Where we don't understand every scary worldview, we know that somewhere in the center of every issue lies the truth, at least when we're open to it. Suppose we recognize that our conversations, share our experiences, and bring real emotion. We need to hear the voices. Only then can we better relate to the brokenness and triumphs within the heart of another.
Within the process of purging past hurts and telling our stories, one begins to understand someone's perspective. We receive knowledge of the history and the unique situations gaining understanding. This process is how we become informed on another person's point of view. Only by opening ourselves up to the passionate work of listening to one another can we move forward together.
So, we should be grateful for those morning moments of stale breath from the previous day, realizing the second chance to freshen our approach.
Love Yourself so You Can Love Others
Waking up Desiring God
I can admit to the occasional self-indulgence of chocolate or the uncontrolled passion when reacting to an offense. However, weakness runs rampant amongst the stupidity of humans, including myself, in that social category. The truth is, my skin crawls when I don't understand the why's of the world and the ways we fall trance-like by its allure.
As a work in progress, I'm not too fond of much of our reality. But realize the need to stay still and focus on love! Knowing that while we fall short of Christ's likeness, we can wake up desiring God. Meeting life's trials with Him gives every hurdle a purpose. Lifting one another is a feel-good motion, much better than pulling down. Still, it's hard to find the uplifting spirit in the current social climate.
You may find this position pathetic, but I am honest in my self-reflection if I am nothing else. I live and believe in God, who has power beyond anything we can get hold of in this world.
If you wake up breathing, ask, "How do you want me to use my breath?" Okay, some days, we may need to go back to sleep a few times to get it right, but things become clear if we keep our focus on positivity.
SELF Equals FLESH When Human
Take a quick look at that word SELF. Now reverse and add an H; what do you see? FLESH!
- There we have it; adding our humanness and getting things turned around brings us our imperfect flesh.
- Superficial confidence is a mask for our imperfections as we react to an imperfect world. The good news is we aren’t in control of our chaos. God is in control!
- Where we understand, we don’t have to add to the mob of chaotic upheaval; we must recognize our imperfections. We need to let go and go at the same time.
I will try and explain.
- To let go is to release your formed judgments, hurts, and anger. You are releasing your lack of understanding and remembering to breathe.
- Trying to live without the immediacy of reaction is tough. We can lose it and probably will, but allow others to love you because none of us deserves it. So unworthy, we are loved by God and through others.
- Instead of humble surrender and denial of self, we could list the multitudes of ways to harm, act righteous, or fake. As people, we’re trying to move from the discombobulating agendas. Denying truth and following blindly without discernment sets us on the path of working for separation. The hidden agenda of sin is to cause separation from God. I wish our world moves from sin, dies to self, and gives joy more airtime.
No one Wants to Separate from Perfection Where Two or Three are Gathered
Fighting the Flesh is Useless Rather Work to Come Together
Fighting the flesh is useless. We don’t fight flesh and blood, but rather the forces of evil formed against us. Crimson is our color; it flows beneath the covering of our skin. All people bleed, whether alone or with a unified reaction to sudden impalement of harsh words or physical assault.
Jesus bore the pain of sin as nails thrust into His hands. The reality is horrid when evil spews from our mouths with the immediate remembrance that we are part of the destructive piercing.
A desiring heart seeks surrender at His feet. He sets our path in discipleship for His purpose. Where we understand His blood covers and recognize the flesh impedes, we know His grace is sufficient.
We seek to deny ourselves in this imperfect world while living for the next, aware that we are victims and victimizers of its limitations while remaining in the flesh.
Seeing the world is disheartening. However, we can’t lose sight of the miracles of brokenness. God’s blessings are present each day and worth everything.
Look for the light in the darkness; it’s there, keeps looking up!
Help us to see the light in the darkness
One Person Doing Something Good
One person on a team can create a change in the outcome. They are taking up a cause for or against a situation. They could shine a light on themselves and their understanding as opposed to the truth. React in pain to a personal attack. Spew words or act a fool in the heat of a moment. All humans tend to do a version of these things that separate us. What if we protect from the fire, love in the battles, heal in a mess? Leave your comfort zone and enter the construction zone. Step from your box and get busy!
Pick the right team!
Because I Love Jesus
If you want to call me a wimp, you would be wrong. I have been broken and strengthened by a living faith in a broken world. I step out whenever I can share His message because I love Jesus!
I find the worldview complex and don’t like it much of the time. However, life is fabulous. I enjoy it. I love my family, friends, and people in general. My humor meter is good, and I’m adventurous to a point, but I love God first; in Him, I trust.
Perfection isn’t my skill set, but in His eyes, I am doing okay. “Thank you, Jesus. I praise you as your perfectly flawed servant from an imperfect world.”
Love the way He loves
Promises in His Word Trusting in Faith
1Peter 4:7-11 NIV
“The end of things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply as love covers a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very word of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides; therefore, God we praise through Jesus Christ in all things. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen”
John 3:16 (NIV) For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
It states later in John 16:33 (NIV) I tell you these things so that you may have peace in me. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
We all Struggle in This Imperfect World
© 2016 Kathy Henderson
Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on January 26, 2019:
Thank you, sweet Blossom, as I felt few want to hear what I was trying to share. I always pray for God to use my every action and word, Thank you for the encouragement. :)
Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on October 02, 2016:
This is a good hub and relevant for the Christian today. You have spent some time in doing the research, I'm sure, and the images are pertinent. Great to hear from you.