outside & inside

My son recently dissected a sheep’s heart & proceeded to tell us about his adventure on the way home from school.  I can’t say that I was very enamored with his descriptions, even though he clearly learned alot.  He was using words like ventricle, aorta, chamber & some others that I’ve forgotten.  He thought that studying the sheep’s heart was cool – a unique look on the inside of how something important works.

How God has designed us on the inside (beyond our biological makeup) is extremely important.  Don’t be discouraged when you’re not like someone else – you have a unique heart!  Remember that you’re fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139) in the image of your Creator (Gen 1:26) with a wonderfully distinct bend for greatness that no one else has.  Let the greatness that God has put inside you be the outside expression of who you really are.

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don’t wear it, if it doesn’t fit

Have you ever found a blouse or shoes that you fell in love with, but were disappointed because they didn’t have your size?  I hate it when I can’t find my size in clothes or shoes that I really like!  I’m not much of a shopping junkie so if & when I find something that I really like, its an even greater disappointment when I can’t find my size.   Sometimes, I’ve bought the item in the wrong size, thinking that I could fix it somehow to fit properly.  It never works out when I get the wrong size, no matter how hard I try. 

This is true for us with God & who He has made us to be.  At various times in our lives, we wish that we were different than who we are.  Sometimes, I wish I was more like my mom.  Sometimes, I wish I was more like other people whom I respect.  But when I have tried to be someone other than who God has made me to be, its like trying to wear clothes that don’t fit.  Life gets uncomfortable.  This is kind of like when David was preparing to fight Goliath & he put on Saul’s armor – it didn’t fit & was uncomfortable. Maybe this armor would have gotten in his way with his sling – we don’t know.  But this much is true, when we try to be someone other than who God has made us to be, then we’ll never successfully achieve God’s destiny and purpose for our lives.  I’m supposed to be Sarah and not Marilyn.  You’re supposed to be you and not someone else.  The only person we’re supposed to imitate is Jesus.  Make the decision to wear what fits & to grow in grace through the work of the Holy Spirit.  🙂

Lord’s Prayer – Our Father

The word, “father” evokes lots of feelings, emotions, thoughts & responses.  Unfortunately, because we’re finite & don’t have unlimited understanding, we take our experiences & project them onto other things & relationships – be that good or bad.  This can be a problem when you consider that when Jesus teaches us how to pray, He tells us to address God as our Father.  Notice that Jesus did not say to address the 1st person of the Trinity as: boss / employer, best friend, roommate, master, slave driver, etc.  Jesus tells us to address the person we pray to as our Father in heaven.

Furthermore, I believe that there are a few reasons why our relationship with our heavenly Father can get dysfunctional based on the parable of the prodigal’s son.  Consider that both sons didn’t have a very healthy relationship with their father.  The prodigal’s relationship with his father lacked intimacy because the son was selfish.  The older son’s relationship with his father was dysfunctional because he didn’t even see his father as his dad – consider how he describes his interaction with his dad in Luke 15:29;  this doesn’t sound alot like a father / son relationship. 

So when you address your heavenly Father, is there some dysfunction you could possibly be projecting onto your relationship with Him?  What might this be & could God be wanting to help you make some healthy adjustments so that your interaction with Him is more authentic?  Feel free to leave comments / thoughts.  🙂