Gentle Spirit

Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭5‬

I used to think having a quiet personality was a bad thing. I don’t speak my kind too often unless necessary. I used to consider myself weak and stepped all over. But I realize that a gentle spirit is what the Lord wants us to have. Don’t misunderstand me, you shouldn’t get walked all over or beaten down. Think before you say and always look at the big picture. It will put your anger or hurt in perspective.

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Are you a round peg in a square hole?

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“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes … the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. … You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. … They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”-Steve Jobs

My husband and I watched the movie Jobs, the story of Steve Job’s road to creating Apple.  Steve had a lot of passion for his work and the movie was intense.  The movie inspired me.  Steve Job’s is not portrayed in the most likable way, but he sure had the big picture in mind.  He cared about the customer and not about how much his company profited.

Steve’s most famous quote above is bold and motivational.  How many of us has ever felt like they didn’t belong because they liked something a bit different?  I used to want to be normal and be like everyone else, but it dawned on me that I am different.  I am a sweet, goofy dork and God did not make anyone else like me.  It’s okay to be different.  You won’t make everyone happy.  Be sure that people will still laugh at you for being different.  God made you with a purpose that only you can fulfill.  The most crazy things push our world forward.  Look at Einstein, he pushed the limits of math and science.  He is best known for the Quantum Theory of Light and Theory of Relativity.  Where would we be without “crazy” people pushing the limits?  Steve Job’s has revolutionized technology.  Where would we be without our most beloved iPhone in our pocket?

Like I have said before I am getting tired of limiting myself and the possibilities that God has given me.  I am ready to take a risk and maybe even be considered “crazy.”  That is one reason I started this blog.  I wanted a chance to write about how I feel with the hope that someone else can relate and take something from my writing.  I am ready to impact the world.

This reminds me of the parable of the farmer scattering his seeds in Matthew 13.

‘And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.  Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.

This verse explains that every time you take a chance it won’t turn into something great-but some will.  If you never take a chance, you will get nothing.  I may write a thousand blog entries and only get a couple readers.  But if I only impact one person, my purpose is complete.  The person I impact, may impact thousands or millions of other people one day.  You don’t know if one seed planted could bloom into a beautiful field of flowers.  We do the sowing, God will do the watering.  It’s our duty to take chances and be considered “crazy.”

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Timing

“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.”-Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬

As I grow up the more I realize timing is everything. God is the only one that knows our life plan. He knows the exact times in our life where we need things. We should never push our timing on marriage, jobs or any of life’s biggest plans. There is a perfect timing for everything. God will not give it to you any sooner than He plans on doing so. Our “perfect” plan is not God’s plan. Only God’s plan is perfect. Remember He sees the big picture and we don’t. We might think we are ready for something, but God might not think we are. Keep this in mind when things aren’t happening as quickly as planned in your mind. I have to be constantly reminded of this everyday.

Is worrying a vanity?

“….even at night his mind does not rest. This too is vanity.”

-Ecclesiastes‬ ‭2‬:‭23‬

I have said in previous post how I struggle with anxiety and worry at times. Awhile back I realized this is my biggest sin and it overcomes my life sometimes. This verse describes a restless mind as vanity. We all think of vanity as appearance oriented, but by definition it is self absorption. If you are constantly worrying, you are self absorbed in your thoughts and what others think.

Family Verse of the Week

Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.

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Every week I write a verse on a DIY chalkboard I made. By doing this, it helps our focus for the week. It’s a constant reminder of God’s wisdom. I strongly encourage you to do this. We always choose a verse that is close to our hearts that week.

Verse of the moment

A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.
Proverbs 22:1

Everyone wants to be wealthy, but in the end you can’t take your money with you! All that is left is the memories you made with people and the legacy you leave behind. A good name is what we should aspire to have. What do you want to be known for?