Plan B: Choosing to Help Instead of Hurt - Monday
Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.
This week we’re going to look hurt in the eye and identify some big, fat lies that could hold us back. Strap in, hang on and get ready to fly. I don’t know about you, but some pretty big stuff held me captive for many years. Until I learned I was made to be an overcomer. Not by human endeavor, but rather by Spirit-power. And the only thing that dispels the darkness of lies is disinfecting Son-light. In order to know the truth, I had to recognize the lies. And for every lie, there is an overcoming truth. So here goes:
Big, fat lie #1: I will never get over this.
Wherever, whenever, however your dreams took a tumble, it is likely they still sting a little -- or a lot. Were you abused, neglected, unloved, treated like an object? Have you had a physical impairment, illness or handicap with which to deal? Did some power or person strip you of something precious? Did a loved one die and the reality has been so very difficult to deal with?
The imagery is clear. You are climbing a mountain. Thousands of feet uphill to go. Rest and relaxation await you at the summit. But you’re carrying a 100-pound suitcase with you. Solution. Drop the suitcase. Right now. And run to freedom. To rest.
To drag the past around every day will steal your future. Every single one of us will leave a legacy. The question is: Will yours be one of overcoming and forging a new path? Will the generations be changed, beginning with you? Will someone down the line point to something you changed that turned the tide of brokenness? Truth is truth. What truth will others tell of you long after you’re gone? That you fainted back into the couch, all Scarlett O’Hara-like? Or that you stood up, turned toward Jesus, and took off running at full tilt? What story will they tell of you throughout history?
Truth #1: The full story of your life isn’t completely written. Yet.
- What is the most serious wound you’ve experienced in your life? How long have you been affected by it?
- Spend some time today in the presence of the Father who can heal completely. He’s the only one I ever knew of who could turn back time. (Joshua 10:12-13)