gracefully gliding

 It’s taken me some time to get to this place, and really it’s not much of a place when compared to so many others who have great strength in this area.

But, then who’s comparing anyway?Too often than not I find myself concerned with what others think instead of how God really sees and thinks of me or my family. I’ve spent too many days fretting and agonizing over what others will think of myself or my family and the lines we’ve chosen to draw along with the convictions we personally believe are important to our family.

So many times I’ve just kept quiet when I know I should have spoken with love and conviction about something. Not to win an argument, but to boldly show Christ is the one that has gotten my husband and I and our family to this ongoing place.

 

But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3:15-16 NASB 

As I find myself in my early 30’s, I feel like I’m finally getting a grip on real life. And I can only hope I continue to get a better grip as time goes on. Life seems to be clicking with me now, the gist of it, is very real, even though I still fail and fall daily – I understand it better, and strive to live it harder with my whole heart of who and what I am. Not because of what I have done, but only for what Jesus Christ has done in and through me. The Lord is my everything – He’s given my life meaning to who and everything I am, and called to be. Without Him, I am nothing. When we are following the Lord, we will without a doubt stand out in the worlds eyes, and sometimes other Christians eyes as well. We will look weird. We will be known to do the most unusual and outlandish bizarre things. 

And for someone who doesn’t like to make their life a spectacle, this has been hard for me to learn. It really comes down to this though…

 

Get over it, and get used to it!

 

I love the history account of Noah. Everyone thought Noah was a complete idiot building a boat in the middle of a desert. Noah was human just like us – and I’m sure he felt the same feelings we feel today. Noah stood strong and stayed obedient to what God specifically called him to do – build an enormously large boat in the middle of nowhere. Did he care what people thought about him? I’m sure he did! Just like us, we are hurt or bothered when we are ridiculed for our faith or convictions. Noah pursued and continued on. And so must we!

 

So whenever I’m tempted to feel the need to hide my convictions or my Faith with the world, or simple stay quiet because I’d rather not be confronted – I must remember Noah. He’s one of the “go to models” of standing strong even when alone. The Lord wants us to shine our light in the dark world, not hide it. He wants us to be the city on a hill. How can we be any of these things when we cower and hide behind the curtain?

 

The world is also packed full of Christian conformists. The reality is this, everyone craves the bold & the brave. Even the lost.

 

It’s time we as believers in Jesus Christ, push ourselves away from the wall that has become our “safe bubble,” and make our way to the middle of the skating rink, and simply roll with the punches with love and grace.

 

Though, we must remember, It’s not our job to make sure everyone is line with our convictions {Every family will look different.} God works on hearts, not us.

 

There is something so absolutely beautiful when someone can share why and how they have come to the convictions they have today, with grace and love while also displaying a rare jewel in today’s Christian circle – an attentive ear, and a genuine caring heart.

 

All the world is poised and ready. All eyes are on you – strive to show Christ through every move you make. People are hungry and they need what we’ve got. Don’t hide your passion and purpose anymore! Your life is a show and God has placed you here for a genuine lifetime performance. It’s not about doing a double flip, or being able to skate with perfection – because he can use all our failures too!

 

So when the spotlight shines on your “performance,” there is no need to cower, the Lord has placed each and everyone right where He wants us. If you are like me, you may not be comfortable with attention, but guess what, It isn’t about us, anyway! It’s about what God wants to do in and through us; whether we like it or not, our lives will get attention! Don’t worry, friends – He’s using each of us to enhance His Kingdom!

 

So, let ’em look! Let ’em stare! Let ’em laugh! We’re safe and sound in God’s perfect and pleasing will.

 

Let’s gracefully glide with Christ’s love, an attentive ear, and genuine caring hearts. With each of those, we’ll have a better opportunity to be a better tool for the Lord while he’s busy doing the heart surgery.

 

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