Faithful Self

Monday, January 9, 2012

Yesterday during the first church sermon I heard in 2012 on "I Quit", my pastor gave us a question to ask ourselves daily:

"Are you being faithful to the self God has given you?"

It isn't uncommon for me to enjoy a sermon, ponder a few points, and then concern myself with Sunday's lunch venue, facing the week unequipped with any real wisdom. For some reason, however, one of the most premature thoughts of my day this morning was this question.

I really think if most of us are honest with ourselves in answering that, the response would be something along the lines of : "eh, uh, sorta, sometimes, most of the time, I think." But that answer is not good enough for me. I want to know that I am fully faithful to the life I have. I want to be SURE that I am being filled both spiritually and emotionally, as well as physically and mentally, to the brim of my cup.

"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."
Proverbs 31:30

It is easy to get caught up in the daily happenings, and the endless responsibilities and commitments, but in the end, the important thing is the preservation of the relationships you have in your life, including the one you have with yourself. For honoring your self worth, honors the Lord. He knows the number of hairs on your head and deems you more "Valuable than many sparrows" which Matthew 10:29-31 clearly portrays that not even a sparrow "falls to the ground" without his attention.

In caring about ourselves we are displaying our love for him and his creation. There is a fine line between loving ourselves and being "in love" with ourselves. I vow to love myself in 2012. Love myself so that I am CAPABLE of loving those around me. Love myself so I am WILLING to see God work in my life. Love myself so I am UNDERSTANDING of how much of an honor it is to be loved when you deserve it the least.

You don't have to wait for the first of the year, or the first of a month to start asking yourself that same question. Today: make sure you begin a faithful relationship with yourself. Make sure that you manage your time, money, energy, and emotions wisely. Make sure that you "invite" the Lord into your conversations with yourself about your future as "wise council". After all, the best way to SPOIL yourself, is by following his perfect guidance towards an inconceivable future.

... and that my Dear, was all she wrote...

1 comment:

  1. Hi! My wife found a picture of that bible on Pinterest. She recognized it and showed me. That is my bible. I gave it to a man who was carrying a cross through Ballinger, Texas. It had become a source of pride for me. The man gave me his card, but I lost it. I have often wondered why I gave it away, and it has filled me with such joy to see that God has glorified Himself through His word again in that bible. I am saved by grace alone, and that grace is through my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

    Father God, I thank you in the name of Jesus Christ for your daughter's faithfulness. I pray You bless her and keep her, and I pray You make Your face shine upon her and give her peace. Amen.



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