Monthly Archives: May 2014

Never Give Up

Everyone loves a good party. Some like to be at the party when it starts so they can find the best spot to sit or stand.  Some like to come in fashionably late and others like to shut the party down and start the after party.  There’s also a group of people out there, and you may be one of them, that never stay until the end of the party.   You always leave just before it’s over. Is that you?   I know a beautiful lady at my church that’s teaching her daughter this latter principle.  (HAHAHA, thanks MM).  So if you one of those kids that was taught you this principle, this relove blog post is for you.

So as I’ve heard it said about what fish and relatives during holidays have in common, they are good for three days and then you need to throw them out.  Thank God, it’s not that way with Him.  God thrives on sticking with you and sticking by you and we should all develop this same attitude.

Persistence is power, and sometimes not taking no for an answer is the right thing, even with God.

There is a perfect example of this in the scripture of the Canaanite woman who came to Jesus to save her demon possessed daughter.

Matthew 15:21-28

21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” 23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”  25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.  26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”  27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”  28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith!  Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment. (NIV)

This unnamed woman approached Jesus with His Messianic title as the Son of David and was persistent with Jesus, even at the expense of perhaps looking and sounding like a fool in front of other people.  Her persistence released her blessing.

In other situations, unlike the parent in the party situation above, it’s good to stay long time.  In 1 Samuel, Hannah, who was unable to have children, went to the temple to pray to God.  As Hannah was pouring her heart out to God, even the man of God thought she was drunk.  But Hannah was persistent with the man of God, saying…

“Oh no, sir—please! I’m a woman hard used. I haven’t been drinking. Not a drop of wine or beer. The only thing I’ve been pouring out is my heart, pouring it out to God. Don’t for a minute think I’m a bad woman. It’s because I’m so desperately unhappy and in such pain that I’ve stayed here so long.” Eli answered her, “Go in peace. And may the God of Israel give you what you have asked of him.” (1 Samuel 1:15-17 MSG)

This woman stayed long in the Master’s house.  And the results were the release of God’s favor over her life.

My prayer today is that you are persistent in the pursuit of what God has already promised in His Word.  Even if you do not see it in your children, aren’t experiencing it on your job and can’t even imagine it in your family life right now, be persistent.  Never Give Up…Persistence is POWER.

Be well, my friends.

KayD G.

 

The Bear Story

Two men were hiking in the forest when they both saw a bear.  Realizing that the great bear had also seen them, one of the men bent down and began to tie his shoes.  The other man asked, “what are you going, you can’t outrun a bear!”  His fellow hiker exclaimed, “I don’t have to outrun the bear, I only have to outrun you!”

This is a cute, little story and somewhat humorous but it’s also relatively sad.  Sad because that’s exactly our mindset in a great deal of life’s situations.

…to be the #1 student in the class, I don’t have to do my best, I just need to do better than you.

…to get the boss’s attention, I don’t have to create the most widgits, I just need to do create more than you.

…to get the cutest guy or girl, I don’t have to look or act my best, I just need to look or act better than you.

In business, this may be the way things work. And also in certain life situations, this may be the way things work.  But in the Kingdom, it is not.

This reLove blog is about re-thinking.  So let’s re-think this…I don’t have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun you.  How about…I don’t have to outrun you, I have to run my race and stay in my lane while I’m doing so.  In the Kingdom race, our start times are different and our finish line is not in the same spot.  Mine may be an uphill battle and you may be skating on thin ice.  The crosses we must bear are very different indeed.

Stop trying to compete with people and just run your race.

Don’t try to compete with people, do more to complete people.

You are in a race, but not with your neighbor.  You are in a race of your own.  To be the best you that you can be and give it all you’ve got to worship the Father and to see Him smile.

Be well my friends.

KayD G.

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