Never give up.

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Three words, never give up.

For several weeks I found myself praying the same prayer, “God, how do I love people like you do?” Last week I received my answer.

During worship I was thankful for so many things but one stood out so strongly.  I was so grateful that despite everything i’ve done, not done, said, not said, God never gave up on me.  Seriously, if you stop to think about everything you’ve been through and said, I hope you are able to see the same faithfulness in your life.  If you’re not able to see it yet, you will.

It was in that moment of complete awe that I realized, that is how I am to love others.

At times, it can seem as if I give up on people. By nature I am an all in, all out person. Black and white, all the way. I think I get it from my dad. Sometimes that is a good thing and sometimes it isn’t.  Either way, what i’m learning is, being out doesn’t mean giving up. You can have healthy distance, healthy boundaries and still not give up on people.

After all Romans 2:4 says it is God’s kindness that leads us to repentance. I pray to live with that type of kindness. Not so that people can repent to me, but so people live right with their Father.  

I never want my actions to become a stumbling block for others.

The solution i’m working through with this answer right now is prayer. What a strong, first defense to have.  Prayer changes everything.  If I am able to submit others before the Lord, then surely I will never give up on them, because he never gives up on us.

My current food for thought this week. Enjoy.

-MH

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Ad Maiora – to greater things

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The title says it all. We are in a constant state of growing and heading to greater things. That is the season I find myself in lately and probably, my next tattoo.

In the about section I wrote that I had just graduated from attaining my second Bachelor’s and received a certificate in ministry. Such a great accomplishment, but at times the hardest.

Ministry school is not for the weak in heart or spirit.  They always told us, “If there is something else you can/want to do with your life, do that.”  If you’re not completely dedicated to life in ministry, there will come a time the devil will talk you out of it. I encountered that conversation in my head halfway through my time in school. There was a moment I wasn’t sold into all of it and I almost sold out.

Instead though, I chose to dig deeper and found the world around me changed. It was a blessing in disguise of a little pain and hurt. Yet, I wouldn’t take any of it back. Not a moment.

Back to the theme of all of this, to greater things.

One of my closest friends left today to follow God’s call on his life. He is an inspiration when it comes to living a life headed to greater things. He came to a crossroads in life, as many of us do, and I am proud to say he chose the path less traveled.  The road that took him from boy to man. The road that was painful but brought him closer to the Lord. The Bible says it this way:

Matthew 7:13-14, “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The road that leads to destruction is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”

So, if you find yourself going down a road that seems too good to be true, it may be. Are there a lot of people doing what you do? Or, are you making decisions few make, not for your benefit, but for the benefit of people you haven’t met yet? That second road is probably the one you need to take. I say need because you won’t always want to make that decision. Trust me, I know.

I say all of this because this is the theme I want to write on. I want to write about our journey to greater things. I never want to focus on what holds us back, but the things that propel us forward. There are lots of moments where we can choose to stay or grow. I choose to grow.

It is funny because my friend wrote me a letter before he left. He closed it with, “Go change the world like you changed me.” Change. That is what it is all about.  We hope that by our changes, our choices, we will inspire others to do the same.  We are constantly changing/growing to look more like something.  What do you want to look more like? What do your actions say you want to look like? Sometimes what we think and what we portray are different, and we don’t even realize it. I hope to look more like Jesus every day. He is all I need, all I want, forever.

I leave you with this on the first post, are you headed to greater things?

If not, make the choice to change. Change your surroundings. Head to greater and not just good.

If you are headed to greater things, keep going! Fight the good fight! Live in a way that inspires others to choose the path less traveled. You will be blessed because of it.

All my love,

Maria