(This is mostly to Christians, because those who do not profess a love and relationship with God are not held accountable to the same things. I am giving the hard, accountable, HEART talk. Don’t want that? Then don’t read. Keep in mind, this is for all of us. Honestly, because imperfect Christians and non-Christians deserve better...because God called us to “feed His sheep”, not throw food at His sheep).
Battles are daily. Thoughts are daily. We die to ourselves daily in order to be “Kingdom Minded”, to grow deeper in our walk with God, to make a difference, and to reach into the lives of others.
I would rather passionately love God and exude His love and grace, without compromising my biblical standards, and for it to spill over into Christians and non-Christians through God blessing it, than to constantly exude an attitude from my flesh toward other Christians whom I may or may not think are doing things right in the world and the church. I am not perfect, no one is, but it’s my desire to continuously strive to be this in character.
What are we striving for?
They should seem obviously simple, but not only are we in a culture where the world has become filled this constant "trend" of being entitled, offended, and bitter, but the Church world too. We aren’t a One-Show-Christian dissing other Christians. How can a passionate Christian who aims to hold leadership in mentoring and discipling be someone with an attitude like that? How can you truly portray and emanate the Holy Spirit when what you hate about Christians is what comes out of your mouth the most?
These are just good, tough, heart questions we should all ask ourselves. Offended? Toughen up. I’ve had my good share of things I could’ve gotten OFFENDED at in the church, but people are people, I love those people, and God was able to stretch and grow me through it because I wasn’t so focused on being offended, how they “wronged” me, or how they “misunderstood” me. I went to God, drew nearer to Him, and gifted others with grace. THAT’S what Christianity is about (the family/church aspect), not tearing each other down at faults, mistakes, and where one is at compared to another! What, are we in a comparison game and back in high school? Are we constantly dissing the others to prove we are somehow an okay person? Or is it pride oozing out because we have to be “better than that one”?
Remember, speaking up is one thing, and constant poor attitude and demeanor with a loud mouth is another thing. Causing hearts to stir and reflect is one thing, and stirring up dissension is another thing.
Are you the player sitting on the bench yelling at your teammates’ every wrong move, muttering under your breath at how stupid that turnover was, how poor their form was, and after the game go to the other team completely dissing everything that your team did wrong? OR, are you saying, “Hey buddy! I know you can do it! In five minutes, I’ll bring you water; until then, give it all you got! I know you can do this! Straighten your elbow, you got it! Remember your back’s posture and low dribble...yeah, that’s it, that’s it!!! I knew you could do this! I’ll help you at practice later so you become more natural at that! Yeah!”
Which one are you?
I randomly desire to sit and relax at a campfire with good company on a grey-skied day and a cool breeze. Don't forget the s'mores!