Last summer I received day lilies from a friend of mine. I had so much fun planting them and writing about what I learned. I have enjoyed watching these flowers come back this year. They are pretty and cheerful.
Last summer when I planted them, I talked about our idea of perfection. We like to plan and lay things out so they will be “just so”. However, being flawed human beings living in a sin cursed earth, we don’t have perfection in this life. Too often we chase after wrong things – spending our energy on forcing the life we think we need.
This year my flowers came back beautifully and are starting to fill in the space where they are planted. They haven’t completely filled the space beside the garage, but they will. Day lilies are strong flowers that grow and spread. That is how God made them and how He allows them to flourish.
So how about letting go and letting God grow the beauty in your life? I know, it is very hard to do sometimes We want to take control and make things turn out “just right”. I can safely promise you that God’s way and timing are the best. We will have just a mess, but God will grow perfectly spaced flowers.
God has reminded me over the years that He is to be the object of my service. The tagline for my blog is “Make God Your Everything”. Galatians 3:23-24 is the reason. Everything we do should be for God.
I know I can fall into the trap of thinking serving at church is the only way to serve God. Being a part of a local church is important (Hebrews 10:25). However, everything we do is either service for the Lord or ourselves. Yes – everything.
When service gets difficult, I can fall into the pit of serving for the wrong reasons. I believe we should show appreciation to one another, but that cannot be the desired result of service. Honoring God should be the goal in everything we do.
I have fought the battle of the wrong view of service. Have you? We need to seek to stay on the path of serving God in all we do. Will you join me?
I know we all have times that are tough. Sometimes a close friend or loved one is facing the difficulty. Our first desire is to try to fix things. While I believe in seeking solutions to problems, I think we try to take God’s job into our own hands.
So when times get tough, go to God. He is waiting for us to take all our problems to Him. He will do what He does best; provide the best solution at the right time.
Have you ever had a bad day? A bad week? Or a time of life when you consistently feel low? We all have. Did someone reach out to you? A friend of mine calls it “being God with skin on”.
Friends, we all have dark times. We all need help sometime. God commands us to reach out (Galatians 6:2). So please be aware – there may be someone near you that needs your help. Ronald Reagan used to say, “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” Are you ready? God will show you who needs your help and He will show you how to help them.
Friends who are hoping for someone to reach out to you: look to God. He is the first point of contact for help in all situations. Too often we want a person to fix things instead of allowing God to work in our lives. So talk to Him. God will send the person you need.
Who is ready to reach out? It doesn’t necessarily take much. A text message, a hello on Facebook, a smile – simple is often best. You might be the ray of sunshine someone needs.