New day greetings to ya! I’m so excited about working with my Father today to carry out His plans and purpose for me. I want to be all He intends for me to be and nothing less! As I have spent time praying and reflecting on His Words to me this morning, it has been laid upon my heart that as people we are like growing trees. Different winds of input are always blowing into our lives just like trees in creation have winds blowing on them. I think of a tree in my yard that has been bent too far to one side due to the predominant wind that has blown upon it from the south. Because it was not strong enough in itself to stand straight and tall against the force of the wind upon it, its shape and form were adversely affected. Like this tree, when we as God’s children do not have the strength to look upon ourselves with sober judgment (the right balance of who we are in Christ), we can become mishaped in our attitudes towards ourselves which affects others and our work for the Lord, If I listen predominately to the winds of praise and do not consider with humility my weaknesses, I become bent to a prideful attitude. If I listen predominately to the winds of criticism and not consider it rightly and keeping in view with it my strengths, I can become bent to a shameful, depressed and failure outlook of myself. Had the tree in my yard had the all-around support it needed as it was growing, it would be standing straight and tall and in the shape it was intended to be. Same is true for me. When I am well rooted and finding my all-around support needs in how my Father sees me, I am able to stand straight and tall and in sober judgment of myself. My Father understands my struggle due to the affects of sin entering into the world and while He desires that I walk in obedience to His ways for my best, when I confess my sin, He extends forgiveness in Christ when I fall short. He also sees me as precious, blameless and qualified by Him to carry out His purpose for me. My Father – He is so wonderful! He helps me keep straight in my thinking and helps me to be in balance. I’m thankful for that. I’m reaching upward for Him today!
Ro 12:3; Ro 5:8; Col 1:21-23; Ps 139:14; 1 Jn 1:9-10; Jn 3:16; Jer 29:11; Mt 5:14-16