Our life stages are unique, Kathy enjoys sharing her thoughts and stages through her writing and looks forward to learning about yours.
A Diamond will Shine When Polished
Take a moment and imagine yourself as a diamond, taken from raw material found in the rich depths of the earth, extracted, processed, and ready to show exquisite brilliance.
Every gemstone has imperfect cuts lacking luster. Simple or complex, we need a skilled lapidary to become the precious stones that lie beneath our rough edges. Each one is precious in God’s eyes, developing when polished by the perfect artisan.
A bright glow emerges where hunger remains for Christ-likeness. The uniqueness of the assumptive judgment of others can impede our correction, making the refinement tedious and tricky while engaged in the spiritual battle and trials. Still, as God’s creation, we strive to live with regular polish while allowing staunch deflection from what is right. We react with human qualities.
Our lackluster is often a symptom of denying God’s work in us. So, we must hold to His promises as clarity increases with His purpose. If docile, while formed, we will arise materializing as the fantastic gems with a unique color, clarity, cut, and weight, no two alike but perfect in unity.
Confessions of a Human Heart
Oh flesh, how do I surrender to my God that no foe may come against me in my darkest hours? Stop this attention to the slanderous attacks in life! You, Lord, should occupy my heart as I seek my purpose.
Your perceptions of me, dear God, I must disappoint as I fail before you in my daily walk? To allow an evil thought or action to take hold becomes angering, envious, impatient, unkind, intolerant, or sinful because of our human nature. Yet, though they originated in pain, I know these actions can be used for good when part of God’s design.
You showed reactive anger in humanness through your Son as He walked the earth to prepare for the ultimate sacrifice. Our right to complain no longer makes sense after the ultimate gift of the cross. So how dare I claim attention? I am failing in appreciation of the Lord’s sacrifice!
Why react to vile representations of righteous behavior? Must I stomp my feet when one speaks of me or mine or trust your reasoning?
We find ourselves in an embarrassing state, Lord. We realize our faults and wrongdoings. I hear myself as I have a passion for God’s purpose and yet am angered by my sin and complacency.
A diamond glistens, and mirrors reflect. To look in the mirror, I see the so-loved imperfect human. We can see our image shine with Christ bright like a diamond!
I realize I have monumental work to do! To look for missteps in others, I am no longer taking the steps toward learning in mine. Help me see myself as a shining servant. Humble your child as she seeks Your guidance and direction.
You made me as You made everyone, for Your purpose, allow me to polish the gem You’ve created in me. I can do Your work and only that which serves God.
We Are in Fellowship
Genuine insults alarm, yet the attack of those close to you is far more unexpected. It's just that it's unforeseen when coming from one in friendship. I believe that, at times, we will be under attack from multiple areas. The weapons will form in our minds, even against those we love; evil tries to separate us from Christ.
Understand that Christ calls us to accountability versus the wrongful attack from those we trust in our churches, communities, and even those in our own homes. Yet, we often push through to decide that a faithful Christian cares for our soul and wants what's best for us, acting on the Christlikeness within each of us.
We see imperfection in ourselves or others, but God did not intend for us to settle. So, we try to see Christ in everyone in good faith, recognizing we're all flawed and reacting to negative feelings.
God speaks through others; throughout life experience, our belief needs to be keen to know that He will conquer evil and that which comes to us will prosper for His glory. Relax; answers will come, the bleeding stops, and the healing begins. Wait and be still.
There is no better prep for attacks than God's armor! So while the church and leadership are essential to our walks, it's more crucial to be open to the call of the Holy Spirit, seeking guidance toward an ultimate purpose.
The attacks brought against us often allow the refinement we seek, sometimes causing us to draw closer to Christ Our King's ultimate refining. Why does the world matter so much? Because we have weak flesh!
So, dear Lord, I ask for refining our walks at a higher rate to glorify and focus on the good in the coming days. Allow us to reach for one another and share our human weakness, proving readiness to share a Christ-likeness.
Christians, Oh How We Fail
We love and honor our Lord, yet as He looks upon us from His heavenly seat, I can only imagine how we disappoint. I’m not talking of daily mishaps. Our Father expects those. But, bad words slip from our tongues when we judge those who are, dropping around us; that is the greater sin. Inequities are worse, for no sin is more significant in God’s eyes. We call it sin, so judging others is ridiculous, but we are pros at pointing to our neighbor’s sin.
I don’t get to proclaim my sin as less offensive than my neighbors, family, friends, or foes. Instead, we claim the pedestal until a dose of refinement kicks us to the base.
Only when present with our Father will our sinful nature leave. Until then, we come together looking for His reflection in our mirror.
We must realize that we fail when placing ourselves in higher regard than our brothers and sisters! To not accept our inequity has more significance and is delusional. Get a look in the mirror, a humble sinner reflects.
Caution yourselves to the awareness that the closer we come to sanctification, the higher the risk of attack by force not from our Father. Therefore, loving and accepting likeness among your faithful Christians will be imperative to building an army and the Kingdom.
We don’t worship in one place, but each is essential. Build a fire with a burning flame that will not extinguish wherever you meet. Share God’s word in the commonality among churches, friends, and people worldwide. Please, God, humble us to stewardship. Your name is precious. Help us own our faults, but make us passers of the torch in spreading light and love.
Psalm 51:17 “My sacrifice oh God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart. You, God, will not despise.”
Psalms are prophetic; we can find each of us in these words. God is unchanging, and His story is always relevant.
No one could read psalms and deny their complete relevance to our world today. We must be careful as we stay in the flesh, and thus, we must not cast the stone. But we are rough around the edges, and pieces may break off of our precious stone. That doesn’t mean that we discard and not polish. It just says we are not perfect. There is but one ideal Gem. Folks, we are imitations.
Fake appearances will not make something real. There’s only one! I look forward to seeing the perfect example of Christ as I seek to go home one day and meet Him face to face. Until then, we are imitations. I will do my best not to break people too often. But I am sure I will. I will do my best to pick up the pieces and place them back to make others whole and continue our refinement in Him.
We must not tear one another apart for His light to shine but build upon His word. The mistakes of our imperfect selves will cast a shadow in the light of His name. Life will require our honesty and humility, allowing the light to glow and welcoming those who see it. We need to let the light of God’s Love shine through and discard what takes us from that light or separates us from our loving Father in Heaven. Be the diamond in the rough!
© 2012 Kathy Henderson