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