Let Me Be Frank… 6-13-18

This past weekend, we talked about realizing our potential and being content when we know what we are capable of.  Our race is not against someone else…  It’s not about comparing what we have done with others.  Our race is with our content self and complacent self. 
 
We are to be content with what we have, but we are also meant to push ourselves and allow our Heavenly Father to stretch us daily.
 
But how do we know when we’ve gone too far?  When will we know we are operating outside of our Father’s will?  What happens when the rubber band breaks?
 
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.[b] This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted
down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 
2 Corinthians 4:7-9

 
If we want to stretch ourselves in any way, we will experience tension.  I love the way verse 8 and 9 plainly outline what we can expect in this life. Pressed on every side by circumstances outside of our control, perplexed when we aren’t sure God is even listening, hunted down by fear and anxiety, and knocked down by failure.  
 
An object that breaks when pulled apart does not care about the tension, but only about the stress that it experiences.
 
Our power comes from God and not from ourselves.  This is how we know we’ve gone too far.  We’ve stopped acknowledging that the “One who holds the Universe” also holds our future.  He knows our past.  He knows our limits.  And He knows our potential.  He sees more in us than we see in ourselves. 
 
Soli Deo Gloria…  It’s what I end each post with.  And it means, “glory to God alone.”  This is how we know we have gone too far.  The rubber band breaks when we try to do it on our own.  The stress we experience is too much tobear, because we refuse to let God do the lifting.
 
I’d like you to encourage you to push yourself this week.  But don’t do it for the accolades, or the success, or all the things you may accomplish.  Do it for the glory of God.  Do it to show someone that, as Christians, they have the same power inside of them.  The stress decreases when it’s not about us.  When we realize that our God is for us in every way imaginable we embrace the tension, seize the opportunity, and proclaim the glory of Christ.
 
Because, in the end, it’s not about us…  It’s about what He is able to do through us to change our world!
 
We are Central… and we’re in this TOGETHER! 
SOLI DEO GLORIA
-F