The Bible instructs us to “speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15); but, not everyone adheres to that bit of instruction.
However, just because someone speaks the truth disrespectfully, angrily, pretentiously, or arrogantly, doesn’t negate the fact that the truth has been spoken.
Sometimes, we have to set our feelings aside and pray about what people have said to us and about us. If we take the time to pray, we’ll find out if the truth has been spoken; and, we’ll be able to accept it, even if it came from the mouth of a fool.
Never have I felt more like this blog is done than I do right now. I’m really sensing that God has sort of moved on from this effort; and, now, I’m dragging around a corpse. Forgive me for that analogy; but, that’s how I feel.
So, how do you know when it’s time to wipe your hands clean and move on from a dead situation? How can I be sure it’s really dead? Is it possible that God has stepped back to test my fortitude?
I’m not sure. If you have any thoughts, I’d love to hear them. Right now, I’m just going to let you know that I’m struggling to determine if God wants me to continue this effort, and ask that you send up a prayer for me. The last thing that I want to do is stop before God is finished with this work!
Before I published my latest book, The Vase and the Cup, I heard God’s voice clearly tell me that the book would be translated in at least fifty languages and read all over the world.
Unfortunately, however, He didn’t give me a time frame. And, while I have been pleasantly pleased with how the book has been received, to think that it will make the New York Times Bestseller list is a far cry from how things appear right now.
But, here’s the deal: I believe I heard God speak to me about my book. So, I believemy book will be translated in at least fifty languages and read all over the world, just as He said. Some may doubt it. There may be times when even I doubt it; but, because of the power that our words have to influence our lives, I can’t afford to speak against what God has said to me. And, neither can you.
Things may not look the way you want them to look right now. And, your circumstances may seem to be in direct conflict with God’s vision for your life, but avoid the trap of speaking out what you feel and giving life to contradictory words.
What God has promised you will come to pass. You must simply be patient.
Your life was designed by God with a purpose in mind. And, it’s imperative that you fulfill your purpose; not only for you, but for others as well.
All of us have a circle of influence. Your circle may begin and end with your children; or, it may stretch across the country; but, we all are surrounded with people who we were designed to impact for good.
In a powerful sermon from a few years ago, the late Dr. Myles Munroe said, “Your assignment adds value to others. Whatever you were born to do, everybody needs it.”
If I may, I would preface his statement by saying, everyone in your circle needs you to fulfill your assignment; even those who haven’t entered your circle just yet.
So, don’t give up. Don’t throw in the towel. Don’t be selfish! There are people in this world who need you to fulfill your purpose. Remember them when you get tired of the struggle!