Let them see You in me

Let them see You in me.

I feel having children is the most important responsibility a human being can have.  I have been blessed to have three children.

I remember the birth of each of my children and I pray for each of them daily.  I remember their first giggles, words and steps. I remember the bed time stories and praying with them at night. I remember praying that each will accept and love Jesus and God and that with His strength that they may see Him in me. I tried to let my children see Him in my conversation, how I treated others, and the decisions I made. Yes, I attended church every Sunday. Prayed before each meal. Looked forward to serving in my church, and in the community.

However all of us make mistakes, and my life is full of them.  Satan tries to tell me that I have failed.  That I am weak and those mistakes make me a failure as a father and a failure at life. I regret being divorced. I regret that I wasn’t wise enough to make some better decisions and that I allowed my circumstances and environment cause a long period of sadness. I thought if I failed at my career, my finances wrecked by recession, another failed marriage, failing being strong to my friends, family, church, and especially my own children that I am a failure.

This is a lie. I am only a failure if I don’t get back up. If in the darkness that I don’t look up and look to the light, forgiveness, and hope that there is in Jesus. That if I dwell in sorrow of lost loved ones, job, home, marriage, finances, health, and an image of strength that I once portrayed; that I don’t look for counsel in His word and fellowship in true and loving friends and family.

Life is hard, and I’ve learned that all too well.  However sometimes there is a lesson in the midst of darkness. That we are human, and sadness can overcome anyone when they seem to have lost everything. I know of some great men and women of faith fall and be snared by great sorrow. Even my former pastor, who I believe is one of the greatest Christian speakers, and teachers for today’s world, admitted to periods and bouts of depression from the pulpit several times.

Jesus knows your pain. He walked this earth as a man and seen much sorrow and sickness. He was loved and then betrayed, ridiculed, beaten and painfully crucified.

Jesus tells us do not fear for He has overcome the world. That He provides us a comforter in the Holy Spirit. That we are not to worry about tomorrow. Greater is He that that is in you than he that is in the world.  HE>i

I pray that others see Him in me.  Especially my children. They may have seen me fall but not permanently fail. That as they were children when I picked them back up when they fell and I mended their scrapes and bruises; our Heavenly Father also picked me up. That I am too human, and troubles will come, but I will and do get back up. This is what I hope my failures may teach my children that you can get back up. That through life’s trials and tragedies there is always hope in Jesus and there is a comforter in the Holy Spirit.  That when they think they are all alone, He is there and He will also send people and messages into their life to console and counsel them. We may just need to be quiet and listen. To seperate out the distractions and hear and see it.

As long as I live, I will be there for my children. I will pray for them each day. I will make that effort to allow myself to be sharpened by the Word and the wise counsel of other true Christian friends. That I will do my best to let them see Jesus in me.

How about you? Are you living in past mistakes? Are you letting your children see Jesus in you?

You are not the sum of your mistakes or failures. You are a creation from God. Learn from your mistakes. If you have been wronged, and as hard as I know it may seem, try to forgive them and move forward. Bitterness is a root not to be watered. It only hurts you.  If you have wronged someone else, ask for their forgiveness and the forgiveness from our Savior that paid the price for our sins. If you are living in sorrow, give it to God and let it go. Life is too short to dwell in sorrow. Sadness will come and it is okay to cry. The shortest verse in the bible is , “Jesus wept.” And there is a time to morn. But then let it go, give it to God, and move forward.

Turn past mistakes and failures into victories so that you will still travel your life with purpose, that you will navigate with principles and you explore it with passion. And let them see Him in you.

There are easy ways for them to see Him in you. The way you talk. The right decisions you make. The way you treat others. Jesus said the two most important commandments is to love one another and to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and spirit.

I know some ways are more difficult, like forgiving someone that has hurt you so deeply and may continue to do so.  Or accepting that you may have been wrong to someone else even when you were sure your were right. Or letting go of so much sorrow that you had been or are going through. Or when you seem to be knocked down or backwards over and over again. However, I say again there is hope in His Word. That their is comfort in the Holy Spirit. That there is healing in the fellowship of true Christian friends and family.

If you are hurting, feeling alone and or overwhelmed. I ask that you just take a few moments to clear your mind. To take a deep breath and exhale and begin to count what and who you have. To begin or continue to go to a good church that is preaching the Word for today’s world. To reach out and talk to a true Christian friend. Begin to start a journal of tasks, goals, and accomplishments. A “Prayer, Praise & Prosperity Journal.”  Start each day in prayer and begin an exercise program. Read a devotion at least a few times a week. Tune into Christian music. Set your radio dial for Christian radio stations. Begin to help in your community, or serve at church. Fellowship with other Christians. I believe you will very soon see that hurt diminish, and realize that your are not alone, and the circumstances within your life may not seem to be so overwhelming.

God I pray that anyone reading this, including myself as I write it, who has suffered loss of a marriage, a loved one, finances, loss of career, or even perceived loss of dignity, that they will see that there is hope in You and Your promises. That they will be filled with joy knowing they have not failed. That they will move past this sorrow and enjoy the blessings of this life. That what they ask in Your name, according to Your purpose, that their cup will overflow with blessings, and peace. That the Holy Spirit fill their hearts and surround them with protection and healing. That they will find a good church and that their talents will be used greatly to Your glory and they find joy in it. Let them rejoice in each day You have given all of us. That Your light and the joy you give will shine bright in them and that others will see You in them. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Blessings,

DW

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Let Them See You
Song by Colton Dixon
Lyrics
Take away the melodies
Take away the songs I sing
Take away all the lights
And all the songs You let me write
Does the man I am today
Say the words You need to say
Let them see You
In me
Let them hear You
When I speak
Let them feel You
When I sing
Let them see You
Let them see You
In me
Who am I without Your grace
Another smile, another face
Another breath, a grain of sand
Passing quickly through Your hand
I’d give my life, an offering
Take it all, take everything
Let them see You
In me
Let them hear You
When I speak
Let them feel You
When I sing
Let them see You
Let them see You
In me
With every breath I breathe
I sing a simple melody
But I pray they’ll hear more than a song
In me, in me
Let them see You
In me
Let them hear You
When I speak
Let them feel You
When I sing
Let them…

 

About DW

Living out my Ikigai and helping others find theirs which consists of seeking to launch life with purpose, navigating with principles, and exploring with passion!
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