The Best of 2018
I broke from posting because I had a lot to think about. But I’m back, for real this time. This year has been the most tumultuous year of my life. Our Mother and Grandmother both passed away. My family’s living situation has changed drastically and I am extremely uncomfortable. But, as we near the end of the year, I want to reflect on a pivotal moment and share.
The best thing to happen to me this year was to lose my job. Two weeks before my mother passed away, I lost my job. I cannot take being lied on, or being called a liar. The people I worked for had displayed that they had no problem being untruthful, and I didn’t have the patience to wait for morals to grow, so I left. A weight fell from my shoulders when I left my job. For months I had been looking for a new job and watching my back. I was too scared to quit because I thought I needed the position. I did need the position to remain comfortable, but fortunately, God had other plans. You grow the most when you are uncomfortable.
“You grow the most when you are uncomfortable”
My uncomfortable situation with my job changed things in my life. I began to view things in different ways. Passages in my bible suddenly became hostile and jumped off of the page at me in ways that they hadn’t in the past. Matthew 6:24-34 jumped out at me and embedded itself in my thoughts, please allow me to share.
“24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Please don’t quit your job and say that I said so. I am not advising anyone to leave their job. This post came after you got out of bed for is a reason. To me this verse reminds me to prioritize seeking the kingdom of God. At times I found that I might prioritize my job. This verse was a reminder to me to put God first, and there is a blessing it it.
The blessing in this verse is that if we seek God first there is a divine promise to provide for us. Not just me, you too. I can verify this promise. For 10 months i’ve been out of work and I’ve never asked, what shall I eat. I’ve applied for hundreds of jobs, but clearly, God wants me in the status I am in now, growing. Seeking God first has led to tremendous growth. 2018 has been a hard year for me, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I trust God, and I believe my family is exactly where we are supposed to be. We have nothing left, but to seek God first.
Please share what this verse says to you. I’d love to hear your experience in this area. Sometimes when we are too scared to act God gently nudges us into our purpose. Being nudged into my purpose was my biggest blessing. It would be great to hear about a verse that is hostile to you. Comment, subscribe or reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you.
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NEW SERIES: I call passages like this, hostile verses because they jump out of the page and demand your attention. Sometimes they apprehend your thoughts involuntarily. Watch out for a series with more hostile verses. I’m excited for you to read them, can’t wait to hear your thoughts.