Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Valentine's day!

I never really enjoyed Valentine's day much, i mean all the cheap valentine's people exchange, the "romance" that everyone wants. It just does not appeal that much to me. But I will say, this Sunday, my pastor gave one of the best sermons. Even though it was focused towards marrige, it still very much applies to many of my relationships. So here are the main points I got:

In our hunger for personal happiness, we not only forget all God has done for us, but we forget that God is currently holding us in His hands, and molding us for His perfect purpose.

I find that sometimes, I get so self-absorbed in MY wants, and MY thoughts, that I don't even stop for one second to look at the bigger picture. Even though I can not always see the full image, I do know that God is in control, and that His plans are always best for me. This can be a hard thing to trust, because I am definitely type A, and I am just like any other person. I want what I want, and I want it the most. So, this week I am specifically praying this week, that God will lead my heart to not only trust His plans, but put other's want's first. And I do realize this may sound like something your taught in Sunday school, but it is something that I am sure I can be reminded of over, and over again :)

Next thing was:

No one person can meeet all the needs of your heart. God has reserved that pleasure for Himself.

This is something that I have been praying about latley. It is about balance in my life. He has given me my amazing friends and family, for many reasons. But at the same time, I need to make sure HE is the center of my thoughts, my mind, my life. Not anyone else :)

And last but certinly not least:

Instead of trying to change another person, try to change ourselves. Spesifaclly work on Loving like said in 1 Corthinans 13:

1If I speak in the tonguesa]" style="line-height: 0.5em; ">[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,b]" style="line-height: 0.5em; ">[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.


So I hope this blesses you this week, and makes you think about what is really behind Valentine's day!


~Rebekah


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