{note to self} I mean, I think so…

This past Christmas I attended a volunteer banquet. After the dinner, each volunteer was given a word. Something that God wanted them to know and keep in mind throughout the coming year. Excitedly, I reached in to obtain my word, eager to see what kind of promise The Lord wanted to reveal to me this year.

Achieve.

That was my word. And, note to self, be ready to accept and act upon God’s word when you ask for revelation. Because, He will give it to you.

{note to self} forget the box

I like labels. I like boxes. I like opening boxes and reading labels because you know what’s inside and you get exactly that when you open the box. I want to tell you something, forget the box and the labels in life for they are useless. If you try to fit everything you know into separate categories and neat little boxes, you will be stressed and obsessed with matters that you have made infinitely complicated, when all that was required was faith.

Of course I’ve been taught and know that I can achieve nothing on my own. That’s not a new concept for me. But, for some reason, I like to forget that. Obviously the big things in life are the things I cry out to God for. The ones where I know for sure I cannot bring about on my own. However, what about those little things? The details in my little box. The ones I can totally handle on my own. (Wink, wink)

{note to self} you are not enough for you

Really, truly, you will never be enough for you if you keep thinking you need to be enough for everything else. I remember one night, I was feeling way too stressed out and fed up with all these little things. I sat there in the stillness and the quietness and cried, “Lord, you promised achievement. You told me I can do all things through You. Why has this not happened? Why can’t I?” Then, something tugged at my heart. Suddenly, the question came to me. “Are you doing all things through Me?”

I mean… I hadn’t really thought about it that way. “Well sure.” I thought, “I mean… I think so…”

Ecclesiastes 2:11 says, “Thus, I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.”

{note to self} you can do nothing on your own

Ok, maybe these sound like depressing notes. But, they are only depressing if you look at them from self and nothing more. I realized that no matter how hard I tried to make things work on my own, everything would be meaningless if I wasn’t asking God to help me in every single thing I do. Big or small, I realized how dependent I need to be on God. That He’s not just a lifesaver that I can call out for when I am almost drowning. That the reason I get to the point of almost drowning is because I haven’t been holding his hand while walking on top of the water.

{note to self} achieving greatness is not the goal

The Bible doesn’t say much on how to achieve your dreams. That’s a worldly view. That’s a selfish view. But, the Bible does talk a lot about laying down your life. Being crucified in Christ. Throwing off your desires and making Christ your desire. Achieving greatness is not the goal, achieving oneness with Christ is. Remember the first {note to self}? “If a relationship stems from self, it will, inevitably, fall apart.” That’s not just for worldly relationships, it should also be applied to our relationship with Christ. Because, just like any relationship, our focus should never be on what we can get out of it or how we can benefit.

{note to self} be active in achieving oneness

Yes, it’s easy to write this post and it’s easy to read it. But, actively doing? Well, that’s a different story. However, might I remind you of something?

Remember to rely on God for everything by praying over those “little things” in life. Like, “Lord, help me write this paper.” “Lord, please silence my tongue if I know I shouldn’t say something.” Or even, “Lord please help me open this jar.” 🙂

The point is, being in that constant state of prayer helps remind us that achievement is not earned through self. Achievement is through sacrificing self.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20