I’ve been struggling for a while with my attitude toward certain people. I haven’t felt like helping people who aren’t trying to get out of their situations on their own. Which was probably a result of the work that I do as a home visitor, but it also made my job more difficult. I wasn’t putting all of my effort in for my clients when I didn’t feel like they were thankful and they weren’t helping themselves.
So, I’ve asked God to help me change my attitude over the past few months. I wasn’t understanding why I should try so hard for people who aren’t trying for themselves. So today, I don’t even remember exactly what I was praying about, but I was asking God to help some people even though they don’t deserve it.
Then I said “ohh…”
That’s why I need to help people. Because of grace.
Grace is giving people what they don’t deserve. And it’s how God shows His love to us. So if I want to show God’s love to others, then I need to be pouring out grace to them.
I’ve always understood grace and I’ve been thankful for the grace of God, but I guess that I didn’t fully understand it. Or maybe I just forgot what it was supposed to look like.
Either way, today I realized that grace is not only giving people what they don’t deserve, but it’s also giving to people who are undeserving. It’s not just for the people who I like or who are trying (so being a little bit deserving) or who are thankful. I need to show grace to everyone.
Now the hard part: applying what I realized.
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Depression, self esteem issues, and negative self images are rampant. It is heartbreaking.
I just want to tell you that you are worthy of love. You’re right, I may not know you, but that doesn’t change anything. I know that there is something special about you that the world needs. Every person has a purpose. You brings something unique to the table that no one else can. The world is made up of intricate connections between people, so it would truly function differently without you. You are important.
You may feel broken, shattered, even. But every one of your broken pieces is beautiful. The journey you’re on is difficult, I’m sure, but it is leading to your beautiful story. And someone watching your journey could learn how to love themselves by watching you learn to love yourself.
You will never be what everyone wants you to be. You’ll probably never even be everything that one person wants you to be! You’re not alone. No one can be everything for everyone. But you can be the best you that you can be. And that is enough.
God created you. God has a purpose for you. Jesus died for you. And He knew every mistake that you would make and He decided to die to take your punishment anyway. He sees the depth of your pain and He wants to comfort you. He wants you to see that He loves you for who you are, no matter what has happened to you, what you look like, what mistakes you’ve made, or what life has thrown at you. He created you. He knows that you are worthy. He loves you more than you could imagine.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
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“How dare you think that your sin is greater than the blood of Christ.”
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I am a super laid back person. Not much bothers me. I don’t get angry about much. If I am angry at you, you must have done something really terrible to me!
I know that not everyone is like me. Other people get annoyed easily and find it difficult to control their tempers.
I’ve got to say, my relationships with people tend to go pretty well. I rarely indulge in an argument, I let little things go, and I generally focus on the positive. Maybe if you’re a quarrelsome person, you can put some of my tips to use. Continue reading
Mr. Rockefeller and I started reading our Bibles together while we were dating. Something that we both started to realize at the same time, was that we were not supposed to be judging the sins of others. We were coming to a realization about not judging nonbelievers, in particular. We are not the judges of the world, God is. Matthew 7:1 says “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” Many other verses in the Bible tell us that it is not our job to judge as well. It’s so hard! But only God knows peoples’ hearts. He knows their intentions and He knows everything about their pasts that led them to this point and He knows what path they are headed on. You do not. Continue reading
I’ve been thinking a lot about God’s plan lately. I’ve been trying to relate things that go on in life to God’s plan. I’ve really been taking “everything happens for a reason” seriously. Obviously, I can’t see God’s plan and I can’t determine why everything happens, but thinking about the plan more often has really been helping with my positivity. It’s honestly been freeing.
God tells us some of His plan in the Bible. We know some details of the end times from Revelation. We can see how his plan played out through Jesus Christ and that there has always been a plan for the Gentiles. We don’t know everything though. Continue reading
For some reason, we think we can pick and choose what parts of the Bible we will follow and we ignore other parts. I’m not just talking about those religions or denominations that say that parts of the Bible are not relevant anymore or that do not encourage reading the Bible for one’s self. And I’m not talking about the law in the Old Testament that many nonbelievers think we are choosing to ignore (the old covenant law was replaced when Jesus came!) I’m saying that we, Christians, as individuals, decide to believe what we like and ignore what we don’t like in the Bible, including the New Testament. We’re hurting ourselves, and others are watching. Continue reading