Saturday, July 19, 2008

Thrive as Love Flows Through You

1 Peter 4:7,8 "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins."

This week I had some challenges that I felt I needed some advice from a wise sage. During the conversation my advisor praised me on my "awareness." I was uncertain what she meant. She explained that she had observed this in me in other tough times in my life. She saw this as God's gifting in me.. I didn't realize that I possessed this gift in a way that set me apart from others.

I felt a twinge of guilt in ways I had assumed others could be aware of their circumstances sooner than may have been possible for them. I expect mercy from folks with gifts I lack. I ask them to help me where I am weak and they are strong. Likewise I realize I may have been insistent that others sober up and smell the coffee before they can.

Now, I'm praying for the understanding of this gift. I pray to be patient and compassionate with others if they refrain from fully facing their circumstances.

The counselor went on to point out that in all difficulties and problems 50% of the solution involves awareness. "Kay, you begin your problems with half of the solution in hand, because of your keen awareness ," she said. For many years I have focused on celebrating living in the present moment. Now is the most important moment of my life....each now. God's name: I AM calls me to live fully in the moment.

The opening scripture in I Peter calls us to be sober...aware. Apostle Peter also encourages us to love ... love others fervently. I hold onto these last words ...."for charity (love) shall cover a multitude of sins."

May God bless us with awareness, sobriety, and pour His love in us that we overflow love where-ever we go.

1 comment:

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

I completely understand. I have this gifting as well. It does come with weaknesses but I understand what you are saying and I now feel convicted because I have not felt merciful enough or been aware enough of others not possessing the same gifting so I get frustrated they cannot see what I see. Lord, forgive me and help me move in this gifting the right way.
Much love,
Angela

© 2008 Kay Martin

Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.