Encouragement from Brooke
I sat across the table from a younger friend of mine and listened to her share her heart and vision for all she wanted to accomplish in Jesus' Name. She was 16, and had decided that living an every day, mundane life wasn't for her. No, she wanted a big life spent for the Lord.
I'm convinced that God cares less about how much I accomplish in life...the "great things" I do in His Name...than He does about how I respond to the things He allows into my life on the daily. Some of the most accomplished in the Kingdom of Christ are those whose names you and I will never know this side of heaven. And greatness is only measured by how well we respond to Christ in the little things. Being patient for what
God's plan is and not necessarily pursuing our own dreams.
Paul E. Miller has this to say about greatness in his book entitled A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World:
“Underneath her obedient life is a sense of helplessness. It has become part of her very nature … almost like breathing. Why? Because she is weak. She can feel her restless heart, her tendency to compare herself with others. She is shocked at how jealousy can well up in her. She notices how easily the world gets its hooks into her. In short, she distrusts herself. When she looks at other people, she sees the same struggles. The world, the flesh, and the Devil are too much for her. The result? Her heart cries out to God in prayer. She needs Jesus.”
"But whoever would be great among you must be your servant … " ~Matthew 20:26
Goal for today:
1. Commit to praying the ten prayers in the patience chapter during day twelve.
2. Question: Do you think we're teaching our sons that the "little things" are what matter most?
May__________be an example of suffering and patience (James 5:10).
May__________be strengthened with all power, according to God’s glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy (Colossians 1:11).
May__________prove himself by his purity, understanding, patience, kindness, by the Holy Spirit within him, and by His sincere love (2 Corinthians 6:6).
May__________preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching (2 Timothy 4:2).
May__________not presume on the riches of God’s kindness and forbearance and patience, knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead him to repentance (Romans 2:4).
May__________put on then, as God’s chosen one, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience (Colossians 3:12).
May__________be patient, for the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit (Ecclesiastes 7:8).
May__________have good sense making him slow to anger, for it is his glory to overlook an offense (Proverbs 19:11).
May__________make every effort to add to his faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love (2 Peter 1:5-7).
May__________be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness