A Living Sacrifice
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
If we could only see the importance of what we think about in life. Dwelling too much on things we can not change will change us inside. I know this too well by my own experiences. I have wasted too much time and made myself sad. I tried for a long time to convince a few people that I was telling the truth but those few people didn't believe it. There was consequences to that lie that someone told. The consequences did not hit them, but me. It not only affected me but my family as well. Lies are untruth and there are times when we must live through it.
John 8:31-32 English Standard Version (ESV)The Truth Will Set You Free31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Knowing the truth of God will set you free. If you can't change a situation and must live through it, believe that God knows the truth. I look back to see so much pain in my life and then I stop. Thinking back makes me miss things I lost, people who left my life and things that were never meant to be. I had a house in Pinole Ca that I loved. We sold our house in Pinole and was suppose to buy another house in years to come. Going from living in a big house to a small apartment was not my choice of life. I let anger grow inside of me and I didn't like who I had become inside. Over time, I learned to let things go but honestly, even today if I think about that season of life it brings up hurts. My husband and I were in our early 30's then.
LIVING SACRIFICE ~
God help us to live through our hurts and disappointments of life
RENEW YOUR MIND ~
Keeping your mind stayed on right thoughts is valuable. Life changes for each of us and we can look back to wish I had moments. Why me God and how come my life turned out like this? Those thoughts can run through our minds and often stop right in the middle. Life isn't about what you wished you had, but you can do different today. Today holds so much power and there may be things we can never change. For example, I had someone tell me this, "I will never forget you". Never is a big word that person lied on me and those words replay in my mind. When they come, I quickly cast them away but I can't fight those thoughts of never. Her words were lies and the enemy had a plan to stop me, but it didn't work. I have learned to live through it and know the truth. There is true freedom in thoughts and knowing God's word.
1 Peter 5:7 New International Version (NIV)Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Wrong thinking can bring anxiety on you. Never allow negative thoughts to power up your day or night. The enemy of your soul is real and doesn't want you to experience the freedom of chewing God's truth. As we present our minds to God, he will restore wrong thinking, hurts of life and give you freedom in knowing his truth. God loves you so much and created you for a bigger purpose than you might see. Even as a child, I had people who said things to me that I replay. Mostly negative things but there was one teacher in middle school that said this, "You are a good writer and you should grow that". I didn't really understand the grow that moment, but I do today. She encouraged me to write and see a gift inside of me. It has taken me years to really see that gift. I do see that and I write daily to encourage others. Life has ups and downs for all of us.
NEVER WISH YOU WERE SOMEONE ELSE ~
You were born to be you! You were created with gifts from God. Your own words have power to yourself and others. Be that living sacrifice of Jesus to others. Life is so short and one day we are gone. Some people carry us in their hearts forever. Just like I carry my mom. I know see how her life was sad and I trie so hard to make her happy. I could never do that because it was her choice. Her mom died when she was 5 years old. She was passed around to brothers and sisters. Ending up getting married at 17 and my dad would die when she was only early 40's. She was angry and mad that people left her life. Never really seeing my brother or I as still being here. She wished she was someone else and had a happy life. A long story short, we missed out on things. Missed on graduations, parties, movies, plays, and list goes on. She missed out on having a real relationship with her grandkids. My point today is this, DON'T MISS OUT on things of life. LIVE in this day!
I can not help your sorrow so life, but Jesus can.
I can show you the way to truth peace in knowing Jesus. Simply ask him into your heart and forgive you of your sins. Learn the Bible and find a bible bases church. I pray for you this day and I pray for those who are happy today. We are all in different places of life, but either way, the truth will set you free.