SECOND PLACE ~
I hear people say, "I used to be.......". I have even said that myself. I used to be a associate pastor's wife and youth pastor. Now a new pastor is coming and we are asked to leave that church. This was many years ago, but it's the truth. We felt like we were replaced and it was very hard emotionally. The wonder of what is next in your spiritual life. We tried a new church and every spot we sat in, was the spot of someone else. After being asked to move 3 times in this first service for us, we felt done of going there. Yet, the pastor of that church talked to us. He explained the spots of people inside a church and how older people felt about their spots. He visited us at our house and we felt to try again. I guess it's like your own house, everyone has a spot where they like to sit. Consider that before you get upset that someone is in your spot at church.
MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL ~
Help me treat others the way God wants.
New International Version
13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
I choose to replace my feelings of being replaced by God's purpose continues. Maybe I didn't understand the why of being told to leave that church but I certain did down the road of life. I saw how God connected us to new life and new places. I saw how God moved our hearts to continue to say yes to him. His words remains the same and it's not always about a title of life, but who you are in life. Never doubt that God will use every moment of your life to help someone else. You are not replaced, but you lifted up into new connections with others. It hurt when we left that church but down the road, we found Hillside Christian Church in Napa. We have been there for over 19 years and such a joy to continue with people we know and meeting new people almost every service.
REPLACED ~ FAIRY TALE
I know we are talking about a fairy tale about snow white, but we also are talking about feeling replaced like the evil queen felt. It is just the overwhelming feeling of being replaced. I do like how God takes our sins and mistakes of life and givens us new beginnings. That feeling of taking the old and replacing with new is perfect. I choose daily to forget the negative and cling tight to positive things. I spent way to much time trying to figure things out of lie and I actually wasted precious moments of life. If we are truly praying for God's will in our lives, then we must be assured God is working all things for our good.
New International Version28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends. Purpose this a good day!