Creative Curations

LET YOUR FAITH BE BIGGER THAN YOUR FEARS

What's BIGGER for YOU?!?

FINDING FULFILLMENT

The more you fulfill yourself the less you will seek God. The inner-searching we do... to see if we are what we ought to be... generates a self-centered type of Christianity. Instead of constantly looking inward at our own shortcomings, try looking upward to the One who provides the only strength that overcomes. The answers to the questions that truly matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all pointed towards our Heavenly Father, Holy Creator. 
Seek Him first. 
Simple.

BOOKS I'M READING

I just finished “You and Me Forever” by Francis Chan & Lisa Chan. A great marriage book that puts our “Amazing Race” as a Christian Couple into a Kingdom minded perspective. You can download and read this book for FREE athttps://www.youandmeforever.org/download. (But consider buying it from their online store and donating to their cause.) The last chapter totally wrecked me this morning. I have such a vast improvement to make as the leader of this household. My personal prayer... “Dear God, let me keep this passion You have now placed in my heart as I motivate to the sped-up pace of the marriage race you have Lauren and I on together. I want us to finish strong!” Now, on to “Through the Eyes of a Lion” by Levi Lusko. A book I have been meaning to read for quite a while now. Here we go....

YEP, GO AHEAD, TRY TO BE THE BOSS

This has been one of my toughest life lessons. I still struggle with it to this very day. Trying to be sure that I am in control, making sure I am never outpaced, outthought, or outright wrong. The weight of carrying your entire life on your own shoulders is just like you would imagine when you gaze upon sculptures of “Atlas” trying to hoist up the weight of the world on his back. It is crushing. Add onto that the weight of being a good Spouse, Parent, Christian, a good friend/coworker/citizen.... the weight piles on and on...... and on. And it will continue to press us down, perhaps so far down into the earth that we enter an early grave. If we try to support this weight alone, on our own, it will eventually destroy the very things we are trying to carry. Being the “Boss” of your own life sounds impressive. We are lured into believing that this is real power. But ultimately, we will come face-to-face with REAL POWER, and trust me, it isn’t going to be our reflection in the mirror that we see. It will be HIS feet as we kneel before His Throne! Remember this.... "We can gather our thoughts, but the LORD gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives. Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed. The LORD has made everything for His own purposes, even the wicked for punishment. The LORD despises pride; be assured that the proud will be punished. Unfailing love and faithfulness cover sin; evil is avoided by fear of the LORD. When the ways of people please the LORD, He makes even their enemies live at peace with them. It is better to be poor and godly than rich and dishonest. We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps." Proverbs 16:1-9
Just relinquish control to Him.... its a whole lot easier this way, trust me! His way is better and His burden is lite. (I speak directly to my inner self in this post.)

SIN=SELFISHNESS

No one likes to be called “selfish.” It is a word that causes us to directly focus on what is wrong with us personally. Yet ALL sin points back to one thing, a selfish tendency to do what feels right, gets me through, or gains me what I want right here, right now. The problem is what happens afterwards. Alienation from our family, maybe our friends, and most importantly from God. And this will confuse us. We thought we were getting or doing what we wanted for our own benefit, but in the end we are left feeling empty, lost, maybe alone and definitely deceived. “For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” James 3:16 The remedy? Give up on giving in to your self. Instead, give yourself to God and serve Him. Choose His ways over your own. Allow Him to be the supplier of your needs and stop trying to serve yourself. You can’t have it both ways. You cannot serve self and serve God. That mindset is called doublemindedness: “… purify your hearts, you double-minded;” James 4:8, or God will not give His blessing to such people.” (Revelation 3:16)
How often do we have to “purify”? DAILY! Trust me, you will become selfish again. And again.... And AGAIN! “Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23 How often? DAILY!! Not once. Not twice. But all the time and every day. Die to self. Carry your cross. “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.” Luke 9:24

When we give up our life for God’s way of life – our own opinions, desires, the selfish tendencies in our minds and bodies – we get the most rewarding, happy, and fulfilling life possible here on earth, while getting to partake of HIS divine nature. Our relationship with the Creator is restored. We also get back our relationship with others. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13 When we overcome selfishness in our own lives, we are saving ourselves, AND we are also helping those around us. “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16 We don’t put others first only when we feel like it, or when we feel people deserve it. We act in love always, for Jesus’s sake, because we love Him, so we want to follow Him always, doing as He would do, and loving others that He also created.
The opposite of sin. SELFLESSNESS.