Sunday, November 21, 2010

Alone, But Not Alone

It can be a lonely walk some of the time ... Most of the time. While we have the occasional companion for a season, the fellow traveler, the moment soon comes when you must part company and each go on to your assigned task. It is a task you do alone. Even if you have apparent company, a spouse, friends, no one can see the struggle inside of you. That thing that tears at you, screaming at times to be free of it all, desiring to be what God made you to be.

You do it alone. You walk to your death (i.e. Carry your cross) alone. At least is sure does feel like it ...

But then you realize, you are not alone. The Master who called you to follow Him, the One that you love, the King of your soul, He is there. Leading you, walking besides you, His Glory is your rear guard. On every side He is there.

He allows the loneliness, the suffering, the rocky trail, because He is making something out of you. A disciple, a warrior, a friend, a lover of Truth, a royal priesthood, and a blessed child of God that will grow to be the man (or woman) He has destined you to be.

There is no other way, it is the path of freedom. You walk it alone ... But never alone.

In Christ,

The faithmix Team

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Unexpected Acts Of Kindness ...

... They are a rare thing in the day and the age we live in. For someone to do something for you, not with an hidden agenda, but purely because they want to do something nice for you. Someone who wants to bless you in some small or big way ... What a blessing it is when you encounter one of these acts and the people that do them! How refreshing to the soul and the spirit on this often rough and rocky journey of life.

Small Thought: When was the last time that you did something kind for someone? Not because they were expecting it, or it was a birthday or a special occasion.

Just because.

Just for the fun of it.

When you get your eyes off yourself, your situation and hardships and say within yourself "despite everything, i've still got something to give. I can bless. I can help, even in a small way and so i shall" amazing things happen. It is actually a remedy to personal misery.

Selfishness is a bottomless pit that will never be filled. But when you spend your life on behalf of the will of God and in service to others there is an amazing fulfillment that comes as a result. It is part of the good in us that should be unlocked by an encounter with Christ.

Be kind. Bless others. Pray for those who persecute you and for those who would spitefully use you. They need Jesus too, perhaps they may change and your prayer would have been what made the difference. The worlders are miserable and need Jesus. Pray for them, that they will have that encounter and come to themselves, even as the prodigal son did in the pig pen of life.

Along those lines, it is often a pure act of kindness as led by the Holy Spirit that will jar a person. It refreshes a saint and shocks a sinner. It hits them like a ton of bricks when they realize that you do something for no other reason than a desire to bless them and God is leading you to do it. Your Spirit led actions are more powerful than your words. Talking of kindness is not the same as actually experiencing kindness. Talk of love is different than experiencing love.

Allow God to make you the living example of the change in the world you feel compelled to see. Bless someone today, unexpectedly. Let God lead you and do it. Most who try this will actually find that they enjoy the process. It truly is more blessed to give than to recieve. Have fun :-)

In Christ,

The faithmix Team