The “STICK”

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Pride walks with a MEASURING STICK in hand. 

It is always comparing itself to another. It finds HAPPINESS when it finds someone, to its own perception, that they are taller then, further along from, or greater then (mind you, from its own estimation or by it own comparisons used).

This is the ALL CONSUMING BUSINESS of PRIDE. Pride SWELLS when a successful comparison is made. And while it takes a “Licking” at times when it is shown up, or shown by all measurements to be “Less then” – it continues to LIVE.

Pride also WEARS many COSTUMES.

Depending on the audience at hand it will often adapt. However Pride is dressed, it is still about the same objective and about the same game. It is often seen in “SPIRITUAL” garb –  thats right, halo on the noggin and wings taped on the back. In this role, it first figures out the ground rules (which is to say, it finds out what other PRIDEFUL people deem as successful, or “further along”) and it gets busy.

Humility, on the other hand is quite different… in fact the OPPOSITE of Pride. Humility has thrown away the yardstick and burned the costumes.

Humility doesn’t draw comparisons to others, in fact, Humility DOESN’T PLAY the GAME!

Humility has had a revelation, which has led them to see who they are, not by Pride’s standard, but by God’s. They used to be clothed as Pride, lived as Pride and is acutely aware of Pride’s Way. They have SURRENDERED to God’s Way.

Humility has discovered that its not about where you’ve been, or how much you know as compared to others. Humility now knows that God is pleased when they simply are about the BUSINESS of Being where OTHERS ARE… right there. Its not even the concern of Humility if they “further along”, what matters is walking alongside others where THEY ARE AT. Humility is HAPPY and CONTENT to see others the way God sees them and to be busy about LOVING THEM the Way God Loves them.

In 1 John 1:3 – “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.

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DISILLUSIONMENT of MARRIAGE – and what will make it WHOLE

men-women-holding-handsWhen I FINALLY got married, you can be sure I was EXCITED!! FINALLY I would have CART BLANCHE ACCESS to all that I had DREAMED ABOUT with a woman. It was LEGAL NOW! Outside of marriage I could see why SEX would be wrong… THIS was GOD’S WAY!

…You can imagine my surprise and disillusionment when I discovered that my wife didn’t share the same “DREAMS”! It didn’t take me long into the marriage to be truly sent into a whirlwind of dejection, frustration and anger!

You see, I had gone into marriage for what I would GET from it. and when I didn’t GET what I wanted… well, you know how that is. And WHO’S FAULT is it… obviously hers!

Its okay to feel sorry for me… sure. You know how it is. And how do I KNOW you know how it is?

We have all been educated in the same way by this world and its “Stinkin’ Thinkin'”

Simple thought for the day.

“God did not create marriage for what you would Get – But for what you could Give”

Your SPOUSE will NEVER be able to fill “Your Cup” in a way that makes you WHOLE. She will never meet the NEED of your soul in a way that makes you WHOLE.

Its not that you weren’t meant to BE and FEEL “WHOLE”- but GOD’S DESIGN is that you FIND in HIM, in His son JESUS that “WHOLENESS”.

He can and wishes to FILL YOUR CUP  with Himself. Seek Him and you will Find Him and when you cast yourself upon Him, to KNOW HIM and be KNOWN by Him you will find that his drink allows you to never thirst again.

When you are IN HIM – being FILLED by Him – and not looking elsewhere for something to “fill your cup” Then you are FREE to FINALLY really LOVE!

In marriage we are called to LOVE. Not so as to GET (because that is not LOVE at all but Manipulation). No… we are called to LOVE our wives as Christ loved the church – laying down his life for her. SELFLESS LOVE is PURE LOVE – the GOOD STUFF.

When you are GOOD with GOD and abiding in that relationship daily, you then start to see people as HE sees them. You can now seek their highest good (which is pleasure in of itself – think of the last time you gave a gift from your heart and what joy it was to give it?) The gift of GOD to you is that you can GIVE daily, regardless if it is accepted or not makes no difference. Because you realize that HOW YOU TREAT OTHERS, HOW YOU LOVE (be it your enemy) – IS HOW YOU ARE TREATING GOD HIMSELF. (That is why he says you are a liar if you say you love God but don’t love another)

Marriage needs to be Re-Examined from this perspective as it then starts to become beautiful and gives glory to God. Where LOVE is… There is God.

Marriage doesn’t make you WHOLE. Your SPOUSE doesn’t make you WHOLE. Work, Play, Accomplishments, Identity… don’t make you WHOLE. – Only Jesus.