I don’t think I have to remind you that fear is not something God likes. He tells us not to be afraid. For most of us, it’s easier said than done.
I purchased a new puppy this past week. I was out of town meeting John Trent (more on that later this week), and my wife sent a text that the pup was sick (He is 10 weeks old). To say the least, I panicked because I was out of town and could not do anything about it. Since this is the first dog that I have ever owned, other than what my kids, wife or mom had, I was very afraid.
FEAR…it can paralyze you and change your behavior toward others. I found myself getting angry and short. I knew I should not be fearful because God is always in charge. I know that all things happen for a purpose and many times only God knows the reason. But to know logically does not help those ornery emotions, that like an untrained cat can get a bit crazy.
What happens to you when things do not go as planned?
Or what happens when your wife or husband does not fit the mold that you have created for them, or when your children, having a mind of their own, do not meet your expectations? This is important because your ETERNAL LEGACY is about how your treat and model Christ’s love to those closest to you.
What attitude do you want your loved ones to have after you are gone?
Do you really want them to trust God like you if fear is a common emotion? I think we can all agree that God owns us twice, once because He made us and once because he bought us back with the death of His son. But there is more.
I have this odd looking statuette of an ugly troll-like fisherman that my wife gave me. I have made fun of it many times, but I actually love it and have it on display in my office. I not only recognized this as a gift from my wife, but I also accepted it, received it and welcomed it.
It is not enough to recognize Jesus as our Lord and Savior and understand that He owns it all. We must welcome him in and take ownership of His saving grace and most importantly, TRUST HIM! Even though I cried out in fear to the Lord of losing that precious puppy, I also said to Him, “your will be done.” Hard, unbelievably hard, but exactly what God calls us to do. I simply obeyed, albeit not natural or logical.
All the issues with our spouse or kids are not an excuse to get angry, manipulative or controlling. They are brought on to bring us closer to Jesus in Trust. That is the hardest part of being a follower of Jesus. What is the message you want to leave behind in your legacy, “here is some money, I hope all goes well for you?” I don’t think so!
Last Christmas I bought a t-shirt to surprise my wife. I wanted to get up early on Christmas morning and wake her up with the t-shirt on. It said, “All…YOU…NEED…IS…ME.” Well, I chickened out and didn’t do it. Reverently I want to say that Jesus may some day come to us wearing that t-shirt. He is the only one who can say to us, “All…YOU…NEED…IS…ME.” Because all we need for our loneliness, fear, anger, spousal issues, children issues, parental issues and work issues is Jesus. He calls us to TRUST Him in everything. There is no room for fear.
Whenever that fear demon rises in you like a volcano ready to explode, just look to Jesus for comfort and calm. He truly is our Lord and Savior. I have yet to hear how my puppy is, but I trust that whatever the Lord needs to happen will be for the better…I cannot say I would not be devastated if that little pup did not make it, but again, the Lord tests me to depend on Him alone and only Him and I work so hard to make that the case.
Trials are the protein drink of God’s Kingdom. The only joy in life is that which serves the Lord and His purpose for our lives. That is the eternal bank that I want to invest in, not the worldly bank that is here for a short time and is gone. Invest in God’s eternal bank and you will experience the joy and peace that will energize you and make you stronger.
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