Wednesday, May 11, 2011

setting aside smallness

This morning, I was praying for a friend and wondering how to handle a situation that might not even be a situation.... Usually when something like this happens I revert into protection mode. Assuming that there's something wrong, I start thinking through my options to keep my heart from being wounded.  I've noticed that self protection is never 'other people' minded.  So, as I was sifting through these thoughts, I came upon this quote in my morning reading:

"Whenever we treat another out of Christ's greatness and not our smallness; we free them."  Goebel

I realized that my self protective stance was small and petty and binding.  I desire to pour blessings on those in my life.  Obviously in order to do that, I need the greatness of Christ, because my human tendency is to be small and shielded.  When I treat others out of my smallness, I keep them (and myself) bound by whatever it is that stirred up that self protection instinct.  But, when I trust in the greatness of the Lord and allow his grace and mercy and unfailing love to pour through me, freedom is the result.  So, I'm determining to set aside my smallness and to settle into His greatness....I know there is more than enough to go around. 

"And they will live securely, for then His greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.  And He will be their peace."  Micah 5:4


16 comments:

Meg said...

Oh, this was much-needed! Thank you for sharing.

Designs on 47th Street said...

Such good words to read this morning, Lisa. Thank you and God bless you today.

Donna

Gloria said...

I love how God uses our devotionals and daily reading from His Word to speak to us. I needed this today as well. Thanks for sharing! :)

Have a happy week!!

xoxo...Gloria

Larissa said...

Lisa, this is so very good! So true about the "situation that might not even be a situation" - the last time i felt this way the other person had moved on and I was still dwelling. Love how you think these things through and look within to find your way. Thank you for sharing your thought process - i hope to learn from your strength.

Kristyn Knits said...

Oh, sweet friend. I hope you had an opportunity to talk to your friend and find out if there is indeed "a situation." I'm so thankful for these quiet time moments you share with us.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Beautiful words! I hope all has turned out well for you.

Heather said...

These words are a blessing themselves. Thank you for sharing

Plain and Joyful Living said...

Such a great post Lisa.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Warm wishes, tonya

Larissa said...

Oh Lisa I was sure that i commented on this post before - oops! I completely understand this - especially the part about the "situation that may not even be a situation". Love hearing about how you look within and find answers to sort out issues like this. Thank you for sharing your words and thoughts. Have a wonderful weekend!

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

I have been trying to leave you a comment for a couple of days, but blogger has not been cooperating! I hope that you have come to terms with your situation and that you are on the road to happiness. Take care dearie!

Kristyn Knits said...

Okay, so I commented...must have disappeared with the blogger problems..
I trust all is well with you and your friend. xoxo

christinelaennec said...

A very good reminder - and sometimes it's so hard to do. I hope the "situation" resolves itself one way or another for you and your friend.

Tracy said...

Such beautiful wisdom, Lisa... Very much I hope the situation you mention is nothing serious and all will be well. We have our ways of dealing with difficult things, and sometimes they really don't help us or others around us, do they? When we stay open, even to pain, sometimes remarkable things can happen to transform an experience. I try to keep mindful of this. Thank you for sharing this. :o) ((HUGS))

Gigi said...

Oh, isn't this one of the hardest things to do -- for me anyway ;)? But doesn't if feel good when we can let Him be our peace? Thank you for the wise words and thoughts!
Blessings,
G

Ruth said...

Beautiful post and a great reminder.

Ruth

a little crafty nest said...

Thank you for this. Really and truly. Such words of wisdom.
xo Jules