I want to continue being real with each of you. I have noticed times in my life when I am pouting about something. I get discouraged thinking about how it’s possible for a 46-year-old man to still be reacting in such a way. I recently shared this concern with a group of grown men I'm close with, only to find out that some of them too find themselves at times acting the same way in their own lives. When we think of pouting, we often think of a young child throwing a tantrum. And we try to quickly redirect that child's actions so they don't grow up to act in such a way. Who knows what the Lord is thinking when He sees His children pouting.
A closely related word to pouting is self-pity. Below is an article from gotquestions.org that will assist those of us who at times struggle in this area to work on overcoming pouting/self-pity. I pray that each of us will take some time for some self-examination concerning this issue and then ask the Lord what His next steps are for each of us.
Practicing His Presence,
Article: What does the Bible say about self-pity? From gotquestions.org.
Part of my Supervisory duties at work involves the hiring of new employees. One question that we ask during the interview process is, “Describe a time when you have given up something important to you to help someone else.” The most common answer we receive deals with the idea of the giving of their time to others. I’m learning more and more that time is very important to each of us in some way.
Prayer…Lord, help me to use my time the way you’d have me too. Help me to not hold too tightly to it that I never want to give any of it to others and at the same time help me not to give too much of my time in an unhealthy way. I want to use the time You’ve given me for your honor and glory. So, please, Lord, show me how I can use my time wisely and how to use it to benefit others as You lead. I am available, interruptible, and willing when that time comes. Help me to be a good steward of the time you’ve allowed me to have while here on this earth. Keep using me while I’m here. Your faithful and obedient child. In Jesus Name, Amen!
For further study…
Article from gotquestions.org: What is the meaning of "redeeming the time" in Ephesians 5:16?
I’ll end with this illustration of a Fly Trap.
So, what can we as followers of Christ be Looking for an opportunity to do today?
Be watchful --- For what?
What are you watching for, devoting yourself to, coveting?
You might think, “I’m not a Judas…I would never look for an opportunity to take the bait from Satan.”
Let me remind us…
1 Peter 5:8 (NIV) Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Looking for an opportunity to___________________…, right?
Watchful --- he is always looking for the right moment to find people, especially Christ-followers, in their weakest moments.
Devoted --- he’ll stay at his task for as long as he wants. Just like he kept dangling bait in front of the Lord in Matthew 4:1-11, he’ll do the same to you. Will you resist or take the bait?
Covetous --- he’d love nothing more than to try to bring a Christ-follower down…and then bring their faults before the Lord.
So, what can we as followers of Christ be Looking for an opportunity to do today? That's what we'll discuss next time.
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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