You focus on Me - I will work through you to restore others."
For months (really, off and on for over a year now), I've been in this funk. There's been a lot of whining on my part about circumstances I've been given and wrestling with feelings of utter failure in various areas of my life & just being a terrible reflection of Jesus. Recently (and probably all along! I've just been unwilling to hear it), this has been the consistent message: Focus on Me, Lisha. I will work through others to refine you and work through you to restore others. But you just need to focus on Me.
Jesus invites me to sit at His feet and hear His voice, often (continually). To be nourished in the depths of my soul by His words. And as I try to take Him up on His offer daily - small choice by small choice - I'm slowly letting Him show me that oftentimes the unkindness and harshness of others is what causes me to cling to Him even more. The unkindnesses and crummy circumstances are not good, but He uses those moments for good. And as I turn my energies to honoring Him with each next task or opportunity He puts in my path, I find that I do not have to step in to others' lives and try to play the part of the Holy Spirit - just yield to Him and let Him work in hearts (including my own!).
Friend, if you have taken your eyes off of Him, I am praying that this will encourage you, too.
Striving to steady my gaze upon
the Author and Finisher of my faith,
for His glory!
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