God does not send us into the dangerous and exacting life of faith because we are qualified; He chooses in order to qualify us for what he wants us to be or do." Eugene Peterson
Complement - friend or foe?
I received a complement
One of those complements that sets you back on your heels. It fell upon me like a whisper – then a big gong!
It was a moment of sitting back and saying, “Wow, you thought that?”
And then, self came in and within another moment I was pretty heady over the thought that someone thought ‘that’ about my __________.
These were my responses.
"Oh my." "Oh giggle." "Oh what a hoot." " Oh my God!!!!"
I’m thankful for the process we sit in. We meet a complement, receive an award, or encounter a victory, and we are surprised by it. 'It' might be a wonderful surprise. Then, we get excited. Wow! We did 'it'! (Whatever ‘it’ is.)
Of course, if we are real with ourselves, we come to grips with the truth fairly quickly; ‘it’ was a gift from God. And finally, we fall on our face and cry Glory to the Son of God who might be able to use us in some amazing way. That process of grappling with our humanity is a good thing.
I wonder if the process of sanctification is simply the amount of time it takes for us to get to this point. I know that it used to take me years, now I am thankful that it doesn’t take me that long – hummmm I hope not.
I’m so thankful that Jesus is praying for me.
“When Jesus had spoken these things, He lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, Father, the hour has come. Glorify and exalt and honor and magnify Your Son, so that Your Son may glorify and extol and honor and magnify You.
[Just as] You have granted Him power and authority over all flesh (all humankind), [now glorify Him] so that He may give eternal life to all whom You have given Him.
And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.
I have glorified You down here on the earth by completing the work that You gave Me to do.
And now, Father, glorify Me along with Yourself and restore Me to such majesty and honor in Your presence as I had with You before the world existed.
I have manifested Your Name [I have revealed Your very Self, Your real Self] to the people whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You gave them to Me, and they have obeyed and kept your word.
Now, [at last] they know and understand that all You have given Me belongs to You [is really and truly Yours].
For the [uttered] words that you gave Me I have given them; and they have received and accepted [them] and have come to know positively and in reality [to believe with absolute assurance] that I came forth from Your presence, and they have believed and are convinced that You did send Me.
I am praying for them. I am not praying (requesting) for the world, but for those You have given Me, for they belong to You.
All [things that are] Mine are Yours, and all [things that are] Yours belong to Me; and I am glorified in (through) them. [They have done Me honor; in them My glory is achieved.}
And [now] I am no more in the world, but these are [still] in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep in Your name [in the knowledge of Yourself] those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We [are one].” (John 17: 1-11)
I’m thankful that Jesus is praying for me –
If you belong to Him, He is praying for you too!
Because He IS the I AM, i am,
a mutating missionary
the operative word here is... mutating :-D
Posted by Robyn Rochelle E. at Monday, July 25, 2005
A little about me
I am in the world almost every day. Okay, daily.