Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that Jesus is the one, and the only one, who is to have any ideals for anyone. We’re bid to learn of His heart when we feel failed and/or let down, disappointed by our fellow man.
Once I got this lesson, my life got so much happier, so much less stressful. You know why? I wasn’t trying to do God’s job anymore; that’s why. Letting go of any ideals (ideal man, lover, husband, wife, friend, children, neighbor, life, home, car, etc., etc., etc…) frees us and the other people in our lives. As long as we hold on to ideals in regard to them, we’re holding them, and ourselves prisoner. We also are undermining their faith. Quoting directly from the message: “Draw nigh in the utter confidence that is the sublimest prayer.” Our ideals may be causing someone to be fearful of going to God; of drawing near to Him. We’re to build one another up in faith. We’re not to judge; and holding someone to our own ideals is a form of judgment, actually.
People are who they are; each one of us unique, special, precious and honored in God’s sight. Learning of Jesus’ heart, in adverse situations, helps us to see His love and compassion toward them. It reminds us of His compassion toward us. It empowers us, hopefully, with the grace to allow God to do His work in them, and to just lift and encourage them. Losing my ideals wasn’t easy. But, oh, the joys I’ve found in my life as a result! Happy, happy, surprises all around I’ve found.
Love you from Cafe du Mondieu
Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, November 25, 2019, 1:21 p.m.