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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Friday, December 21, 2007

It's Not About Me

It has been an interesting month. We have had several 'unplanned' situations. I usually am a planner. I like knowing what is coming up with our schedule so I can stay on top of things. I don't always handle things the best when things go differently. Sometimes I do well, other times not so well.

Yesterday I had two situations when the unexpected happened in my already packed day. The first interruption I took in stride and handled fairly well. The next one I didn't do so well. I could tell you that I was tired from a long day, had a headache, etc. All these things were true, but I realize that still in the midst of all that, I still could have chosen to do the right thing. I eventually did, but not without some whining first.

I awoke this morning with unease with the situation, and again placed it in God's hands. I questioned God about why the sudden disrupt in plans. I felt Him saying to me, "It's not about you." I was humbled and pray that God uses me to be His witness no matter what I face. Above all else I want to bring glory to Him. I keep saying, "Less of me Lord, and more of you!"


Van said...

Amazing that it is not about me. It is about HIM! Yet He made it all about me when He came to earth to lead me to His home!

Sisterlisa said...

Thank you again for another wonderful insight Jodie. And thank you so much for the Christmas card!

Anne said...

As a fellow organizer lover of keeping control of the family schedule, I have realized that it is all an illusion--control--and that if we hold fast to HIM, we have all the control we need.

If we try to control the schedule to much, many times we leave out the promptings of the Holy Spirit to use us in someone else's life.

Just some thoughts.

Merry Christmas to all of you! I loved your Christmas letter too -- and photo. I can't believe it has been over 18 years since we were neighbors in Ohio!


Angie said...

Yes, it's good to pray in the mornings that He would take control of our schedule and not be surprised when it's disrupted if He so chooses. It helps me keep my peace when I remember to do that.