It’s Not About Me

There is a song I sang all through my childhood and although it is a song about my Savior, Jesus, I find myself feeling anxious at the thought of typing the words.  Do you know them?

Jesus loves the little children

All the children of the world 

Red and yellow, black and white

They are precious in his sight

Jesus loves the little children of the world

As a child, it was simply a song about Jesus and how He loves all of His children.  I’m sure you can see the cause for my anxious feelings.  In MY heart, it is still the same song about the same love.  It isn’t about the color of our skin.  It’s about love, from Jesus, who has been, IS, and always will be.

     In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and   the Word was God.  John 1:1

I am and have always been a sensitive soul.  Anyone who knows me knows that.  I tend to operate from my heart, seeking what is right (just) and good in the world Blog 3 Philippians 2 3-4and in other people.  I prefer to believe in the goodness of people.  I don’t watch or listen to the news.  I feel it is a vehicle for negativity, divisiveness, and inflammatory bits that simply add fuel to the fire, about everything.  I don’t like it!  Uninformed?  I don’t think I am.  Worldly news is near impossible to avoid these days.  I just choose to limit what and how much I expose myself to.  I see and hear what goes on in the world and it breaks my heart.  I do my best to live, not in fear, but in faith.  Not faith in the world or in myself, but faith in the One who created the world, the one who created each one of us, out of love, in the image of love, in the image of Jesus.

There are a lot of scary and evil things taking place in the world, a lot of bad news.  Controversy, racism, hate, violence, and selfishness have brought us to where we are.  By no means do I think that one blog can fix the world’s problems.  I do believe the through faith and prayer, by saying, good-bye to selfish ways, opening our hearts, and putting others first, I, YOU, WE, can begin to change the world.

     Do nothing out of selfishness or vainglory; rather humbly regard others more important that yourselves, each looking not out for his own interests, but everyone for those of others.  Philippians 2:3-4

 

How To Put Others First

  1. Pray for them:   God knows their needs and hears our prayers.  It doesn’t have to be a long, formal prayer. It can be a short prayer on your drive to work or to pick up the kids.
  2. Empathize: Try to imagine yourself in someone else’s shoes.  How would you feel and how would you want others to respond to you in the same situation?
  3. Send a card, a note, or even a handmade piece of artwork (my favorite):  I don’t know about you, but I love to get personal snail mail.  A card or note from a relative, a friend, or even an acquaintance can be the turning point in someones day.
  4. Just be kind

How do you put others first?  What one thing will you do today to make a positive difference in someone else’s life?

Please comment below.  I would love to read your thoughts and ideas.

Peace & blessings,

Kimberly

Alligators and Windmills

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”  For as long as I can remember, my answer to that very question was, “I want to get married and have a family.” I didn’t know it then, but I know now that being a wife and mother was and is part of God’s plan for my life.

Nearly half of my life has been spent being just that.  At the age of 23, I married my best friend and before I hit my 30th birthday, I had been blessed with three beautiful children.  My life is amazing and I wouldn’t trade a minute for all the money in the world, but it hasn’t come without its own share of obstacles.

I’m guessing by the time most of you were 4 or 5 you had played mini golf or at least knew about it.  You probably encounobstaclestered obstacles on most of the 18-hole course, just like I did.  Trying to hit the ball through the mouth of a plastic alligator or past a spinning windmill usually set my game back by a few strokes.  If the timing or alignment of my swing were slightly off, the ball would certainly not make it.  I can remember many times, after 3, 4, or more swings of the club, if the ball had not made it to its intended destination, I would force it down the green and into the hole or pick up the ball and move on.

It’s never been a plastic alligator that threw my life out of alignment. I am my own obstacle, through sin, my own doing, and trying to force my life to go the way I want it to. Thankfully, God is quick to adjust the alignment and get me back track. God’s plans don’t fail. His timing is perfect…nothing can stop God’s plans for my life (Isaiah 14:27). I have to align myself with God and He will establish my steps. He removes the obstacles and clears the path.

My life’s goal is certainly not mastering mini golf, but to point others to Christ and to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.

What are your goals? What obstacles have you faced in pursuing your goals?