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The Long and Short of It: Lost or Found


Lately I have been trying to wrap my brain around how different my thinking is now than the unbelievable mess that used to center my life so many years ago.

So many years ago sounds like I am old. I am not. Or not as old as I could be. Yet.

Years pass by before you know it and you wonder how you got where you are, and what did you do to get here?

People walk in and people walk out of our lives. Jobs come and go. And for some of us, moving from one place to another appears to be the next best thing.

How did I or anyone believe for one minute we were meant to live this life without God?

Or maybe a better question is who dreamed up living without God was remotely possible?

I’d like to know who started that thinking so I can knock some sense into them.

Such a ludicrous thought impedes the judgment of many. Especially the young who are so called, “invincible” live as if nothing can touch them. What a false sense of security.

The epiphany when one wakes up and smells the sweet roses of Jesus is a turning point of authenticity. The joy and illumination of that moment awakes in us the actuality of our past sins. The measure of our sins is a determining factor in our heart’s condition. And that condition is only purified through the blood of Jesus.

Once we reach this great emergence of our souls, we see the tunnel of truth is infinite. Reaching for the light at the end is the journey for the rest of our lives.

The boundless wisdom of God is like a slap in the face of what we thought we knew. That crushing blow to our miniscule intelligence and foresight is the first form of humility.

In other words, until we reach the plateau of understanding we don’t know anything, is the beginning of learning everything.

The only class taught on everything is between the pages of God’s word. Pouring your heart out before the cross makes you teachable. Abiding in his spirit, leaning on his presence, serving him daily is the result of humility.

The process is one you will never finish. In knowing such a revelation your knees may become weary from kneeling, but the scars that appear will be reminders of how God gave his time to be with you.

Our heart’s desires change as we get to know God on a personal level. What use to be important loses its clutch of power on us. Gradually self gets stamped out and replaced by his grace and mercy. The “will” of it all is the bottom line of our growth.

The movie screen of our behaviors is photographed in our memory. Learn from our mistakes, and expand on those that have cushioned our future.

Thanking God daily for the behaviors and changes I see in myself is a reminder of how awesome he is. This is not to say I have arrived by any means but a yearning to continue this process.

Leaving behind or unloading the baggage of the past is freedom.

Truly I am in awe of how God has worked in my life. Knowing without a doubt I could not do this myself, is a testament to his power.

The person I use to be doesn’t exist anymore. I don’t know who she is or was.
If you are looking for her, you won’t find her.

By God’s grace, she is nowhere to be found.

2 Corinthians 2: 17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”






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6 thoughts on “The Long and Short of It: Lost or Found

  1. “…By God’s grace, she is nowhere to be found…”

    By God’s grace, the old Larry is nowhere to be found either. Amen.

    Great post.

  2. I’m glad the Lord has changed me too! I’m also glad to He will continue to help me grow!
    God Bless You!

  3. i liked your post. what amazes me about my own thinking, is how it changes so much through the years. when i was younger i thought i knew it all, lol, as i became a mother, i read all books for raising family, and now middle age, i realize the only book that is worth reading to learn is the bible and the only one that truly matters who won’t ever leave me is god. there is no other path for me. i sway from this path, more than i care to admit. i tend to want to go back and do it my way, but always end up coming back, realizing my way is not good. i love being the age i am not. i can only wonder what my golden years wisdom will bring to me

    • Terry, hopefully as we grow older we do become wiser. God is so understanding and patient with us as we do tend to go back and forth; knowing we don’t want to be who we were is a sign of our growth.

      In your case as you are dealing with a situation incomprehensible to most of us God is equipping you for further use in gifting you where those like me will not be. God knows your heart for your brother; he also knows how hard and frustrating it is for both of you. Know that God wastes nothing.

      In your age now live for what you have learned and God has taught you. Also understand due to the nature and severity of Al’s condition you will be as he will also rewarded greatly. The battles we fight are often the places of gifting God chooses for us. Especially when we think we can’t do it. That my dear, is where God shows up and does his thing because we think we are weak. Your humble position will raise you up for all you are doing for him.

      You are truly chosen by God for a rare and specific calling. Revel in that when the times get rough.

      Cathy Craig Neil, PMIC/Guardian Property Management, LLC 803-840-1946 blog: http://www.craigmotor.wordpress.com author/columnist: http://www.believers.bay.com

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