Monday, May 4, 2009
Meditation Monday - Seeing yourself the right way
Hi there! Seeing yourself the right way - OH - that is one of my biggest problems - and I think it is something alot of you will have problems with too! I found a very nice devotional message from Bob Gass about this that I will share with you:
'Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God?...' Galatians 1:10
Too many of us have made it our life's work to change someone else's opinion of us. We're determined to prove to them that we're valuable. Now, you can't be like the guy who quipped, 'I like talking to myself, because I like dealing with a better class of people.' But neither can you base your worth on the opinions of those who put you down. When Harry Truman was thrust into the presidency by the death of Franklin Roosevelt, Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House, took him aside and said, 'You're going to have lots of people around you. And they will tell you what a great man you are, Harry. But you and I both know you ain't.' As it turned out, Truman became a truly great president. Until you quit agreeing with those who've mistreated you, or bowing to the events that crippled you emotionally, you'll remain locked in a prison of your own making. When your critic's opinion becomes your opinion, you've built a prison inside your soul with only one prisoner; you. Are you prepared to accept that some of the people you've spent your life trying to impress, may never be impressed? And can you accept that from God's perspective; it doesn't matter? To succeed in life you must be able to work alongside people without allowing yourself to be controlled by their moods or governed by their opinions. This is what Paul was talking about when he said, 'Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.'
We have to believe what the Bible says about our worth for Him! Sometimes we feel we are seperated from God because we feel bad about ourselves - well even if we feel good about ourselves - neither will justify us before God - our only righteousness is IN CHRIST and we live by faith!
I am not feeling too good at the moment - I have menopausal problems and feel extremely tired. My DH is feeling alot better - thanks so much for the well wishes for him.
For our 22nd wedding anniversary we are going to the south Miami beaches for a week! So I have alot to prepare and think about before then.. I know we both need a change of scene and a good rest!