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Wherever I put my feet to, has the opportunity to be heaven on earth…

2016 12p1As God’s people, we are given the privilege and commission of ensuring that wherever we walk on our life journey we are taking the wonder of the Gospel with us. We are to look and listen for possibility, commissioned to be God’s envoys, in a broken world- bringing light into the darkness, speaking goodness and truth wherever we go and being a small piece of heaven, wherever it is that we find ourselves.

Well I don’t know about you but that seems a pretty tall order most of the time and one that I do battle to achieve as I struggle with the skirmishes of life, wrestle with weariness, illness, family struggles, money…shall I go on?

Drawing on the potential of heavens power…

Still….I am lulled by the opportunity and constantly amazed by the fact that God has placed his trust in me to deliver. The immensity of the outcomes, confirms that any attempt to achieve cannot be in my own strength and I am certain this is deliberate. For the only way that I can achieve a small part of being heaven on earth, is to look to Jesus, trusting that he will provide all that I need, to BE fully all that he has created me to be …His light shining in me and through me. My job is to get out of the way and be a channel, a teapot with an open lid ready to pour any blessings I receive, out for others. It is so easy for me to jam the lid on and stay safe, not wanting to be lifted and tipped out of my secure, comfy space…

Endless possibility…and procrastination

With an active creative mind, I often find there is too much possibility; too much potential that I’m never quite sure where to start. What is it that I should concentrate on first? Which idea should I plant or bring to 2016 12p2birth when ideas are crammed into my head like tightly packed baubles……? Like a rabbit caught in the headlights I am immobilised by indecision. “Perfectionism spells paralysis” said Winston Churchill. The danger is that I spend so much time deciding what to do next, deliberating about the perfect idea that l have less time to dwell in the opportunity God has given me right now and to truly live!

Possibility of the present…

The question is…what has God put in front of me today…? THAT is where the possibility is…THIS is what could be “heaven on earth”…My lack of enthusiasm for whatever is in front of me or not being fully present to the moment can sometimes rob me of the joy that the Lord desires for my life. It is the present that is God’s present; His gift…but we need to unwrap it, use it, dwell in it to fully appreciate it.

Finding peace in what we are doing…

Even after I have brought my myriad of ideas to God in prayer, weighed up the possibilities and matched an idea with circumstance, available time and what I think may serve others, I can still be so unsure. Is this just me? So once the procrastination is over and I have chosen a way forward, and taken out one of the ideas to work on, the rest jostle for position, arguing amongst themselves and whispering ” me next, me next…choose me…” I confess that I have real difficulty, jamming down the lid of ideas and concentrating with the task in hand. Very often, I’m thinking of the next thing whilst working on the current idea instead of finding peace in getting on with what I am doing, trusting fully that God will reveal the next thing in His own timing, not mine.

Opportunity knocks…

2016 12p3I don’t think that God wants me to be phased by this commission of being “heaven on earth”. It’s about trust again. We are each placed in different circumstances with varying responsibilities. It is there…. here, wherever I am now…that we are asked to look for the opportunities and possibilities that God provides, open to His nudges. God does not ask us to provide possibility. That’s His job. But being a disciple is about fully using our senses to look for them, aware of the opportunity to be God’s channel for transformation.

Game changers…

So, how will me, being open enough to listen to God, fully aware of His Holy presence, change the way I act? Could I be aware enough, prayerful enough to see opportunity in the everyday; the potential for holiness in the mundane? Am I prepared to risk looking foolish for God? Can I start small, giving smiles to others, even when I’m feeling miserable? Give a gift of time, conversation, money to those who need it so much more than I? Could it be that, when we start to partner with God, responding to the opportunity that He provides, that we too are blessed?

Wherever I put my feet to, has the opportunity to be heaven on earth.
Lord, lead me in your footsteps…
This advent time, keep me open to the possibility of heaven on earth and my part in that…

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