We can never give enough, do enough good, help enough people to deserve God’s grace and favor. Every day we wake up is blessing. We can not do anything in our own strength. We have no control over our heart pumping blood through our body. We can’t control the air in our lungs. We exist because God allows it. Every day we experience God’s unmerited and undeserved favor, let’s not take it for granted.
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unc·tion | \ ˈəŋ(k)-shən \
1: the act of anointing as a rite of consecration or healing
3a: religious or spiritual fervor or the expression of such fervor
b: exaggerated, assumed, or superficial earnestness of language or manner
I’ve learned that the unction of the holy spirit is more like a nudge than a push. It’s subtle. It’s slight. It’s suggestive. It is not forceful. It still leaves room for free will and choice. It’s a whisper. It’s a thought. It’s a suggestion. It’s direction. It’s still up to us to follow it. God will unction in small, subtle ways. Are you paying attention? Are you listening?
I’ve been really trying to figure out exactly what it will take for us to have a United front. We have experienced loss beyond measure. Our schools have been shot. Our children have been killed. Our women have been raped. Our husbands have become martyrs. We no longer feel safe in grocery stores, concert venues, traffic stops, and stadiums. Domestic terrorism is real. Its bigger than race, socioeconomic status, political affiliations, and religion. We all are victims. We all are affected. We all mourn. We all must unite. It is going to take all of us to demand the change we want to see in our country. We all must stand united to be the change we want to see in our country. Its bigger than us individually. If we don’t, we are leaving a legacy of violence for the next generation to inherit.
I think we’ve lost our sense of urgency. Our reaction time is delayed and its not until an emergency happens that we react. We are desensitized to the loss of human life. We are conditioned to expect the worst, simply because that’s all we’ve experienced. We've borderline lost our humanity, and that alone should trigger our sense of urgency. Children are dying in US sanctioned concentration camps. People loss their lives on a Saturday morning trip to Walmart, and we are acting like this is business as usual. Truthfully, maybe it is, but it shouldn't be. The alarm has sounded. We've got to do better. We need to recalibrate our sense of urgency.
I remember Lauren London saying that grief is the last act of love. Queen Elizabeth II, said, "grief is the price we pay for love." Since my mother's diagnosis, I have been forced to grieve the mother I once knew. I found myself in therapy to help me navigate a loss that technically hasn't occurred yet. I was not completely familiar with the term "ambiguous loss." It's basically experiencing loss without closure. Its complicated because it can often delay the process of grieving. Those who experience ambiguous loss could be the result of cognitive decline, like my mother, to a missing loved one, to an unresolved relationship. My challenge to you today is my challenge to myself. If this is something you are experiencing, give yourself room to feel. There will be good days, and there will be bad days. Enjoy every glimmer of hope. Remind yourself that in the end, the lessons and the love make it all worthwhile. Create a support system, and utilize them. This experience should not be navigated alone. You are not alone. Loss be it ambiguous or physical is a part of the human experience. Remember, that God's words says, "he will not leave nor forsake us. Death nor life can separate us from the love of God."
The bible speaks about God's ability to bless us abundantly. God's love is described as being abounding. God’s desire for our life is the exceedingly abundant. How do we get to live the life that God desires for us? Follow God’s word. Heed his instruction. Make prayerful decisions. Seek the counsel of elders. Ask for wisdom. Wait for godly answers. Accept the consequences of past decisions and make an effort to be a good steward moving forward. The abundant life is within reach, but it does require you to do things differently. Change is how we get to live the life God desires for us. Acceptance is the path to the abundant life. Obedience is the key to successfully navigating God’s will for our lives, because it won’t always make sense. God uses the foolish to confound the wise. Trust the plan, but more importantly, trust God.
experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
wanting something very much, typically with a feeling of unease.
Whether we want to admit it or not, we all have moments when our emotions get the best of us. We find ourselves letting the voices in our head speak louder than the faith in our hearts. We doubt. We don’t believe. We get scared. We panic. We’re human. Its okay. We just have to remind ourselves that we were not given a spirit of fear. We are not to be anxious for anything. The word directs us to pray and petition God for the desires of our heart. We need to be reminded that God is in control. Anxiety has no place. We have the power to cast down every imagination. We were not created to worry. We were created to worship in spirit and in truth, not fear or doubt or anxiety.