megmariem

a heart, longing for more of it's Lover.

Archive for the month “November, 2012”

What does it look like to love?

Focus first on your need to change, not on hers or his. It may be that your spouse is sinning against you far more than you are against him or her. But you will not give an account for that to the Lord Jesus. You will give an account for your responses to it. That is the great battle. Will you change?
– John Piper

Wow. Conviction all over me as God uses this quote, posted on a fellow sister’s blog, to take what I posted about last night a step further.

I realize that this quote specifically speaks of marriage, but in all reality, the truth in the second half of this quote applies to us all, in every acquaintanceship, every friendship, every family relationship, and every marriage. Every-single-one. We are not held accountable for the wrong things they do — we are held accountable for how we respond in every moment of that relationship.

Pride must disintegrate as we move forward in life. The less pride we carry, the easier it is to respond in humility and with grace. I suppose this is one of those things that we will never master while we are in our mortal bodies. Only the Holy Spirit can enable us to overcome the pride that so easily and naturally rises in us. Though we will never perfect this — it is something that we must strive for, always.

My dear friend whom I referenced earlier addressed this; that we should not try to remove the speck from our fellow brother’s eye before removing the plank from our own. (Matthew 7:3) I agreed with her words wholeheartedly. How often do we say or do things that are out of line while trying to correct someone else? More so, how often have I had negative thoughts about someone because of their decisions or actions? How is this edifying to the Body of Christ? It is not. I cannot control the person, but I CAN (by the power of the Spirit) control my RESPONSE, and THAT is what I am going to be held accountable for on the day I stand before the King of Kings.

And — if you think about it, as the person to whom you aren’t judging…the one to whom you are so careful of every response to…the one who expects you to treat them like everyone else does…as he sees you responding differently, with grace and mercy, he will see Christ in you. You will be making eternal impacts on those lives, instead of causing destruction.

Which goes back to my last post. Love never gets different than a choice.

Love brings life. Pride brings death.

Does love (loving the way the Bible outlines) ever get any easier?

A question I posed to a sweet mentor of mine late last night. Her answer? “Megan, it never gets any different than a choice.”

It all comes back to love. Every-single-time. This is why Christ said,

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

As I allow my mind to sink into this, I have realized the truth of it. Does not every single call of the Christian life require and ultimately come down to love? 1 Corinthians 13 (specifically vs. 1-3) speaks about this. If we have all abilities and possessions but lack love, they profit us absolutely nothing. Where love lacks – pride reigns.

“By pride comes nothing but strife…” (Proverbs 13:10a)

“Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.” (Proverbs 16:18-19)

Love brings life. Pride brings death.

We cannot love with our own love the way the Scriptures call us to. We are flawed, therefore everything that we manufacture on our own is flawed. The amazing thing is that by the power of the Holy Spirit of God, we can love with His perfect, unfailing, unchanging love.

While it is true that He gives us the power to love in this way, we STILL must CHOOSE to love…to love in a way that is above our own ability.

Loving this way is often a challenge and sacrifice. Loving the unlovely is at times extremely difficult. It’s inconvenient. It requires time, devotion, and sometimes material possessions. This brings me back to my question, and my mentor’s answer.

Does love (the way the Bible outlines) ever get an easier?

Friend, it never gets any different than a choice.

Interesting, isn’t it?

You know, the harder we press into the Lord’s presence, the harder the enemy fights – and he doesn’t always fight with bad things…but always time consuming things. Since I have begun my social media break, SO MUCH has been going on that I’ve barely been able to truly press in. From insanely busy nights at work, to unexpected visitors…the list goes on and on. I wish I could just press the “pause” button on the world for a minute so that I can focus wholly and unwaveringly on the Cross.

Lord, help me to press through the distractions and delays of life. I want You more.

In His likeness…

“As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.” – Psalms 17:15

This is my driving desire. This is what pushes me to seek Him more intimately. I long to see His face in righteousness and I want to be satisfied because I find myself awakening in His likeness. Oh that I might be able to speak the words of this verse and them be truth. God, teach me to run after You in this way!

We are to grab …

We are to grab every moment & squeeze as much life out of it as possible. Christ made us for such things!

– Paul Washer

We were made to…

We were made to participate in real life; not to be passive observers of another’s imagination, communicated through advanced technology.

– Paul Washer

We have become …

We have become a people who sit mesmerized by the make-believe of media whe life passes before us unnoticed.

– Paul Washer

We have only on…

We have only one life…it is to be lived. The person who is consumed with living will not be consumed with media.

– Paul Washer

More about my break from social media…

So – the Lord has been convicting my heart – though I long for my facebook and tumblr to be a place of encouragement for the people that are friends/followers, I am guilty of picking up my phone and scrolling mindlessly for too long, when I should be in the Word of God. As I have been asking the Lord to change my heart to be completely infatuated with Him, this has become more and more apparent.

I am not going to delete my facebook because I am connected with so many brothers and sisters from my overseas missions trips…but I feel like it’s time for a facebook hiatus. I don’t know how long this break will last – but Jesus and I are going to take our time.

As for tumblr – somehow that site becomes more and more focused on how many followers you have or how many people “like” or “reblog” your posts. Frustration sometimes mounts as I see pointless, even rude things reblogged and posted thousands of times and the posts that contain truth and life are barely read or looked at. Then, you find that the sweetest Christian brother or sister begins reblogging the junk that gets the attention because they want the notifications and followers. It breaks my heart.
So — there are several things that are on my heart about all of the social media – but the main reason I am “breaking” from it for the time being is because I just want to retreat and spend time solely with Jesus. I want to run after His heart, and I want to rid myself of the things that I am learning are stealing my time. I don’t know how long this break will last, but I just want to take my time with Him.
So, here is where I will be pouring out my heart, recording the things that I feel I am learning and seeking Him about. I’m not planning to really publicize this blog – but if you happen to stumble upon it by accident, proceed at your own caution 😉 You are welcome to pour over my heart cries, and if you ever have any questions about what I blog, you can feel free to contact me 🙂
God bless.

Well, hey there, little blog :)

I’m creating this blog for me to pour out my heart to my Jesus during my time away from facebook and tumblr. I just want to be able to jot down and record prayers, thoughts, lessons learned, etc, somewhere – while I take my “social media” break. More to come on that later.

So…hey there, little blog. Let’s be friends 🙂

Post Navigation