“Wherever you are, be all there.” -Jim Elliot
Be all there. Since the first time I read that quote, I have not been able to forget it. I recently realized how quickly I resort to complaining when something isn’t going the way I want it to. But every time I begin to complain about my situation or circumstance, God has a way of reminding me that I am here in this very moment for a reason. When I am at work, tired, and ready to go home, when I am in the middle of a task that is less than pleasant, or when I am having a bad day and I just want to go to sleep and forget about it, that quote from Jim Elliot comes to mind.
It is so easy to complain when things aren’t going as planned, or when we have to do something we dislike. Complaining is the natural, easy, and usually our first response. But we as Christians are not called to do what is easy. We are to fight the sinful reactions that come so easily and put them off. (1 Peter 2:11, Ephesians 4:22-24) So while it may be the easy thing to complain about how tired I am, or how much I want to be doing something else, it is not the right thing. It does not glorify God. And maybe that’s what we need to remember as Christians, that the hard response is often the right response, and when we do the hard things, we are becoming more like our righteous Father.
What if we began cultivating the habit of gratefulness instead of grumpiness? How much would our outlook on life and our responses to it change? Would we be more aware of opportunities to serve others? Would we be even more in awe of our Creator as we notice the details and blessings that we completely overlooked before? We have been given so much, and we often miss it because all we focus on is what we don’t like. I am so guilty of this.
So wherever we are, no matter how annoying or unpleasant the situation is, let’s be all there. Let’s be fully present, give it our all. Whether it’s at work, school, in the middle of a hard day, or doing chores around the house, let’s make it our goal to give God glory no matter what we are doing, both with our attitude and our actions. (Colossians 3:17) And instead of complaining about it, let’s look for things to give Him thanks for and express that thanks to Him. I believe it will make all the difference.
Hello there, friend! I want to welcome you to my brand new blog, Rooted! I hope you stick around, because there is much more coming in the near future! Here’s a little background:
I started my blogging journey with a random, life-style blog several years ago, but it wasn’t until autumn of 2016 that I realized that God was calling me to use my writing in a deeper way than I had been. My dreams began to change, and I realized that I wanted nothing more than to use my writing to help people and point them to Christ. As a Christian, I have the most powerful message in the world–the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I want my life to be about speaking that Gospel into the lives of others. So, after putting it off for much longer than I should have, I am following the call God has put on my heart. I am still plagued with doubts about my own strength and ability with words, but my Father has reminded me time and time and time again that this blog is not for me. This is for Him. This is for His glory, and I want nothing else than for Him to receive that glory rather than I.
I believe that we are here for more. More than the social media followers, more than seeking happiness, more than hanging out and just living. I believe we have a purpose in this life far greater than we could imagine, that we were created for a reason, and we are here to know the Creator of the universe and bring Him glory in our lives. My deepest prayer and desire for this blog is that the words you read will meet you right were you are, cause you to look to Christ, and become rooted deeper in Him as you realize who He is and what He has done for you. I pray that you will not just hear the Truth, but believe it with all your soul, surrender your all to God, and allow Him to change you. I pray that we will come together as sisters in Christ to encourage, love, and speak truth into each others’ lives, and in doing so, grow closer together and closer to God. And as we grow stronger in our faith, I pray that we will overflow with thankfulness for the salvation that comes through Jesus Christ and the blessings that God has poured out on us.
So thank you for stopping by! I hope you’ll grab a cup of coffee and stick around! I’d love to have you here. ♥