Wednesday, March 23, 2011


"Every day, I have to re-hand my life over to You. It's so much more than I can handle, but "there's nothing that's going to happen today that You and I can't handle together". I have a houseboats devotional I've been doing to barney, and there was a really cool message tonight. It was 1 Corinthians 3:18. It said, "Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you thinks he is wise by the standards of his age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise.... so then "no more boasting about men". If you are consumed with bringing out the best in others you will take yourself far less seriously. You will be generous with praise and proactive about serving. Generosity, praise, proacctivity, and service are bedrocks for effectively drawing out the best in others." I don't know how much of that was from the verse and how much was part of the devotional, but I liked it all! I want to focus on generosity, praise, proactivity, and service, and I want to see the difference it makes in my relationships with other people! Lord, help me to focus on these four things, and help me to really dedicate myself to serving. I'm not above anyone. I'm your humbled servant............"
I was journaling Monday night after reading the Sonshine devotional. The message really hit home! That was a little bit of what I wrote.
Too often, I think people find themselves consumed with their self-image. They're focused on appearing to be pretty/handsome, funny, and likeable. What's really hard, but effective, though, is focusing on the needs of others! When you pour yourself out and let God use you to serve others, that's what really gets people. It demonstrates the beauty and compassion of Jesus Christ. When you focus on bringing out the best in others, you feel better about yourself!

1 comment:

  1. So true, Joy!

    What I really love about that line from the Super Ultra is "take yourself far less seriously." The biggest force pushing us toward focusing on others is the realization that we're not even that important after all! We get so caught up in ourselves that we forget to take a reality check and see our own insignificance.


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