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The Secret of My Success.


Kris and I still watch that old movie every time it airs.  I’m sure you know the story. Kansas boy, Michael J. Fox, moves to New York City with a dream of making it big in business.  By the way, can you believe that movie came out twenty-two years ago?  Kind of makes me want to pull Top Gun and The Breakfast Club out of the family vault.   Where have all the good movies gone?

Anyhoo…

 Kris and I were talking about success recently.  We set family goals, financial goals, and personal goals.  But whether or not I get my own personal G-2 jet by the time I’m 40 years old remains to be seen.  Aim high, right?

But, none of those successes really matter.  Not really.  Any material possessions we accumulate can be gone tomorrow.  Hey.  I live in tornado alley.  An F-5 can wipe me out faster than I can down a box of Junior Mints.

The kind of success that matters is how I’ve grown spiritually.  How I’ve affected changed lives. 

I hope.  I HOPE that as I grow older, and I measure my own success, that I am able to say….

I know Christ more today than I did yesterday.

I am so much more aware of who Christ is in me.

I’ve allowed God to use me to make another’s life a little better.

The rest, as a good friend recently told me, is “fluff.”  Our spiritual success is what really matters.  I hope I’m investing more of myself into the things of the Kingdom than I am into the fluff. 

Because, I am nothing without Him. 

Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ…Philippians 3:8

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Accountability


I sometimes wonder how many problems we could avoid in life if we all had accountability partners, and we shared our deepest thoughts with that partner.  Good.Bad.And.Ugly.

What is accountability?  Merrian-Webster defines it as “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.”

An accountability partner is someone you share your struggles or thoughts with and answer to that person.  That person is a safe place who brings to the table trust and support.  And, every word spoken to him or her is held in confidence.

One of my accountability partners is my mother.  Now, I understand that for many of you, telling your momma every single thing is unimaginable.  So, don’t.  Pick another person who loves you and who loves Jesus.  But, I tell my mom every thought that she needs to hear as my accountability partner.  I do not reveal things to her that Kris and I share in confidence with one another.  But, if I’m struggling with something or a SIN (GASP), I tell her.  And, she holds me accountable.

It’s probably saved me from a world of hurt many times.  I’ve confessed some brow raising thoughts.   She didn’t judge.  She didn’t gasp (except once when I was 18 years old, and I shared just a wee bit too much information for her at that time.)  Now, that’s a story I could never blog about.  For real.

She listens.  She prays.  And, she helps me put things into a Godly perspective, then holds me accountable.  ‘Cause that’s what an accountability partner does. 

These friendships, however, are more than just a confession session.  I believe pure, authentic accountability fans the flames of our passion for Christ.  It becomes a catalyst for spiritual growth.

And, if you are thinking there is no one you know who could be your safe place, pray.  If you’d like, tell me.   I’ll pray with you that God sends that safe place to you.

If we all learned the value in accountability, I think this world would look much, much different.  Seekers would run to the church, because they see authenticity and refuge.

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  Hebrews 10:2

What do you think?  Do you have an accountability partner?

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In the meantime.


After writing yesterday’s post, I was overwhelmed by not only enormous support, but a love that just reminds me of how truly blessed I am.  I said to my friend, Sharon, “Somebody raise the rod already!”  In other words, I’m ready for my Red Sea to part….like yesterday.

So, what do we do in the meantime?  What does trusting God look like?  I’ve always liked the scripture, “Be still, and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10 I can’t tell you how many times I’ve quoted it to myself and even to others.  Truth be told – it sounds good.  But, for a girl like me who gets ants in her pants often, it’s a tough one to swallow, really.  To be still is to trust Him.  His timing just isn’t always ours. 

Joyce Meyer says this about trusting God:

“As we continuously mature in the Christian life, we learn to believe for things not NOW but in God’s perfect timing. Hebrews 11:1 says, ‘NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’  We can always have faith now, but we cannot always have the manifestation now.  Trusting God often requires not knowing how God is going to accomplish what needs to be done and not knowing when He will do it. We always say, ‘God is never late,’ but He is generally not early either. Why? Because He uses those opportunities to stretch our faith in Him, and we grow during times of waiting.”

Amen, Sister Joyce.

This lady reminded me yesterday how important it is to listen to His voice.  “My sheep know my voice.”  John 10:27 Kitty said that “God continues to call us closer to Him.  ‘Search me O’ God…and know my heart.’”  That’s what I need to do in the meantime….and every day.

And, as for my comment yesterday on the righteous, and how “I hope I fit into that category”, this lady was precious to make sure that I remember that “we are not made righteous by our own goodness but by the blood of Christ!!!”   Can I get an Amen?  So, I want to make sure you all know that, too.  Otherwise, it is all works.  Thank Jesus for His grace.

Since I have a difficult time sitting still, I’m going to use this time to feed my spirit.  I’m going pray.  I’m going to serve.  I’m going to LISTEN to His voice.  I’m going to read His Word daily.  I’m going to read other life-giving books.  I’m currently reading “When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back In the Box” by John Ortberg.  Good read so far.  Up next on the reading list is “Crazy Love:  Overwhelmed By A Relentless God” by Francis Chan. 

I want to live with a crazy love for Jesus.  I want to live like a Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego who not only had such a trust in God – and such a crazy love for Him – that they could proclaim before being tossed in a fiery furnace that even if God didn’t deliver them, they still would not bow. 

That’s good stuff.  And, the really cool part is that God did deliver the three young men.  And, He still does.  He is the same yesterday, today, and so on and so forth.

So, in the meantime, I’m going to trust in Him, and pursue Him, because I know He is pursuing me.

How are you feeding your spirit right now? 

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