Today, I went to woman's Bible Study. We are study the book of Hebrews. Today's discussion was on Hebrews 12:1-3. " 1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. " WOW, isn't that an awesome passage of scripture. So, motivating, encouraging, and powerful. We talked about the things that hinder us, and I remembered something that the Lord gave to me a few months back. You see my biggest hindrances tend to be in my mind. Those thoughts that are not so HOLY. Sometimes those thoughts leak out,and then they not only discourage me, but others. especially, my kids. The Lord told me a few months back that I needed to stop Seeing things in the wrong light. Stop Complaining, Comparing, Criticizing, and Coveting. I needed to Start Being the woman he made me to Be. By Blessing, Believing, Belonging, and Building Up. I don't know about you, but I think that is a great way to learn to be Content, and to teach it to our children. I have to tell you, I have not mastered this list, or even come close to fully understanding how God does these things in our lives. But, I am trusting him to do it.
So, here's the recap:
Stop Complaining (Phil. 2:14) Start Blessing (1 Cor. 4:12)
Stop Comparing (Gal. 6:4) Start Belonging (Eph. 4:6)
Stop Criticizing (Luke 6:37) Start Building Up (Eph. 4:29)
stop Coveting (Ex. 20:17) Start Believing (2 Tim. 1:12)
May God encourage you with these words.