Sunday, June 8, 2008

"Why is it upside down? Why is it upside down?"

Church was great this morning! Everything about it was different and out of place and would have, on any other Sunday, made me crazy, but today I think I got a glimpse of what it should be like.
The sermon was about having things upsidedown and about the Beatitudes, and we were challenged throughout the service to figure out what we were doing upsidedown. This morning I faced one of my "upsidedowns"- my focus. My focus in life often seems to be upsidedown- I decide what needs to happen in order for God to do His work, then I pray that it be done. I realized this morning, the problems with thinking like that and that if I could only flip it, things would be much better - I need to pray first keeping my focus on God in every circumstance, and then do what needs to be done to glorify Him. It works better that way, putting God first. He knows whats up. I keep hearing His words in my head that we discussed some time ago in our community group:

"My ways are not your ways, my thoughts are not your thoughts." -Isaiah 55:8
I like the Message version also: "I don't think the way you think. The way you work isn't the way I work."
This reminds me when I am trying to take control of situations, that I need to flip my focus rightside-up putting the goal of the Kingdom first and then life will come along greatly.

PS- Thanks for the encouragement! I appreciate you guys!

2 comments:

i'm beccy. said...

Thanks for sharing. Good thoughts.

TS Harrison said...

It's amazing to see God at work, turning the upside down right side up.
One incredible work is how God is taking this generally quite reserved young lady and placing her on a platform where she can share and challenge and encourage other.
I don't know if you've met her, but I'll try to introduce you sometime.
I believe there's power in her humility, truth in her words, and compassion in her eyes.
We love her.