I believe it was the morning of August 20, 2013 when I sitting in my Intro to Elementary Education Class when a thought began sprouting in the back of my mind. Within the next two months I began dreading the very class that I thought I wanted to take the most. I guess you could possibly say that it was because it was early in the morning and I wasn’t really a morning person at that time…but I’ll tell you that wasn’t it. Or you could possibly say that it was because the work was too easy…nah it wasn’t because of that either. To be honest…it was because I began realizing that what I wanted to be wasn’t really what I wanted to become. Okay I’m confusing you now probably but let me set this straight now, I wanted to be a second grade teacher however the process of becoming one wasn’t appealing to me. It really shocked me because for two years prior to my first year of at Liberty, I didn’t think that I was going to go to college and change my major?! I felt like a fickle person. Maybe I am since it took me about four more tries for me to pick the degree I wanted to pursue.
It wasn’t until I was sitting in my dorm reading a textbook for one of my classes that I realized that truly elementary education wasn’t for me. I had was taking my COMS 101 class (public communication) and I was just reading my textbook as if it was the newest volume of Seventeen Magazine. I realized that if I could like the textbook for my COMS class then maybe I should look into the communication field a little bit more and try and see if I liked it. It’s 2016 and I am still in love with communication.
I know it may seem like I am rabbit trailing but honestly this experience ties into Ephesians 4: 1- 6 which says,
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,one God and Father of all,who is over all, in all, and living through all.” (NLT)
While I was reading this passage there were at least two different things that Paul was trying to convey the saints of Ephesus and is also trying to explain to every reader in this letter:
♥ To Want to Be Something & Want to Become Something Are Different
To be a Christian which means that you are choosing to follow Christ means that you are allowing God to be the one that will guide and direct your life. Though, God says that you and I have a higher calling for our lives. To be a follower of Jesus Christ means that you are aiming to become that that exact calling. To allow Christ to be the ruler of your life means that you and I are saying that mediocre is not what we are aiming for any longer. To want something is different to truly becoming that very thing that you say you want. You have to truly ask yourself if what you want to be is what you’re willing to put in the hard work for and truly become? I wanted to be an elementary school teacher because I had done student teaching for two years. However when the time came for me to actually put in the work for it, it was communication that I choose to work hard on. I was willing to put in more work for something that I loved instead of something that I thought I wanted.
As a follower of Christ there are times when I know that I want to be the that person that God has predestined for me to become. There are times when I want to be stronger in the the LORD but even now after I have chosen to follow the LORD, when I am going through spiritual lessons, I realize that what I want to be isn’t what I am going to become unless I truly love what I want to be. When Paul tells us that there is a higher calling for our lives, if you’re like me you want to become exactly that. However when we go through our struggles, lessons, and dark days, we start second guessing everything. We begin to want to back out of this deal that we made to become a better version of ourselves. It is in the darkest struggles and and hardest obstacles when we realize that because of the love of Christ we truly are want to become what we want to be. It is in that toughest moments when we realize that life that is worthy of our calling is what we truly want. We all end up desiring what is truly the LORD’s will for our lives. This reminds me of Psalm 37:4-5.
Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desire of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass. ” (NKJV)
♥ The Love of Christ Compels Us to Embrace Unity No Matter What
This year has been beyond difficult for America and it has shaken up many of the citizen in this country regardless of ethnicity and complexion. If you read my journal post From the Journal : True Beauty is Found in Diversity you might feel the pain that I was also feeling when all I could watch and read on Facebook was all about the killings of innocent lives due to the pain and hurt that many people were feeling in this country due to the oppression that African American have been facing from racial police brutality. I was mad, hurt, frustrated, upset, in pain, but mainly tired of being tired. I don’t want see children, women, men, police officers, and innocent brothers and sisters in this world dying because of loneliness, oppression, racial hatred, and unsolved social conflict. Now if this is how I felt and this is how you felt….imagine how God feels.
God has been seeing our violent acts since Cain and Abel. I’m pretty sure he’s tired of it all…BUT….he still is patient with us. The LORD sent his Son to save us and we killed him…but he still patiently loves us. If God, who create these very people who are being slaughtered and He loves them enough to sacrifice His only Son for these people, then WOW! To patiently and gently love us still is beyond what you and I can do by ourselves…but that is what God wants us to. God wants us to become like Jesus who still loved his killers even when they were yelling and chanting for Him to die. Jesus still loved all sinners even to the point of death. If Jesus can do it and we have chosen to be His followers, why are we so hesitant to embrace each other in love?
Sometimes we focus too much on very small amount of differences between ourselves than the massive amount of similarities that we all have. We are all created by God and God loves all of us. We are human so yes, we will disappoint one another. However Paul urges us to love each other and embrace each other. When we choose to love one another we are able to overlook the little differences that we have and embrace the beauty that Christ has stored in each one of us. It’s only through love that we can see each other for who we really are. It takes love.
Though the year is whining down it’s not over just yet. Use the rest of the year to love on others and to show them the love of Christ. Ask the Lord to help you see others the way that He sees them. Jesus died on the cross because despite how awful we can become, He knew that we can become equally great people. Ask God to help you manifest His love to the world the way that He believes is best. Keep growing closer to the Lord so that when the world looks at you, people don’t see you. Instead they see Jesus.