Tuesday, September 29, 2009

764 - Are you advancing?

Dear Lord, this past 5 days have been filled with such highs and lows. The highest high was getting to meet all my team with Speaking Thru Me Ministries. We had so much work to do in getting organized and setting goals and casting a vision for the future, but more than anything I wanted God to bring a forth a bond in all of us only to be described as the Hand of God - and HE did!!!! Oh Jesus, thank you so much!

Another high was getting a text from a high school friend last night asking me to encourage her to walk into Bible study! First timer in the study and really unsure of whether she could do it, if she wanted to, and if she had the guts to take this plunge! She did it!!

One more high! Seeing my old youth minister, Ergun Caner, and hearing him preach. There is a reason he has groupies - ha ha! I tease him. He is so bold, no sugarcoat, and so honest! What an honor to have been trained under him for such a time!

The lowest lows have been no fun and I won't even bore you with the details as it is such stupid silly things! Nevertheless, very low, hard, and joy sapping at times!

So this morning as I opened the Word to hear from You, Lord, I was draw again to Philippians! This is what I call the JOY book of the New Testament! Chapter 1 verse 12 says, "Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel."

This Paul speaking or writing from PRISON!!!!! uh yeah - chained up and happy about it - well sort of! Maybe not happy, but he is rejoicing! Holy cow, I cannot say that would be me! He is explaining to the other Christians on the outside that even though this imprisonment may be a terrible thing - it is being used to advance the gospel!

There is one HUGE component to this whole advancing the Gospel while i sit here in chains - his attitude! He further explains that the whole palace guards knows he is in chains for Christ! It is his goal to make sure in all circumstances to glorify Christ - and let everyone around know about it - even through attitude!

How often does that happen in my life??? How often do I allow each and every circumstance and situation to be used in a way that advances the gospel?? Uh yeah - not too often I would suggest! Whether it is a high or low I need to be looking for a way to advance the gospel - even when those around see no purpose in my efforts, my beliefs, or don't even want them!!! However and whenever the gospel is exposed whether words are used or not - it is a good thing and a God thing!

I say a God thing because when I am in a low situation - bummer times - frustrating event - it is only because of God that my attitude can be right - or if not right only through Him can it be adjusted! I saw it happen just recently with my tennis. Been quite a hard year! I got very down about it all when I received a timely email from one of my parents - encouraging me to press on, I am making a difference, the girls need me, my family needs me too and that is where much of the difficulty lies, and that this too shall pass. An email that prompted me to remember that my attitude can not affected and so easily swayed by young girls that just aren't old enough to know better at times! An email that reminded me that it is in these times even more so that the Gospel can still be advanced if I choose the right attitude and courage to walk in it!

I don't know what you are going thru! I don't know if you are in a high or low, but whatever the case - it is coming - high and low! In it - high and low - what attitude will you chose? One to advance the Gospel or one to turn people away from the Gospel and our Lord Jesus! I have not done so good in the past - many, many times!! But I am so thankful for the ones, people, God places in my life to spur me on (Hebrews 10:24) to chose the high road - whether they knew God was using them at that instance or not!! He is so good like that!

Father I love you!! Thank you for loving me past all the crud I drag you in! U R Amazing!

7 comments:

Shelby said...

Hi Leigh! Your post was aptly timed for me and I thank you so much for it! I did a post this morning on feeling flooded -- good things and bad things -- and how I need to make sure that I'm standing on the solid Rock of Christ during both. Your post is a great counterpoint to that, hammering home that not only do I need to make sure that I am firmly entrenched but that my attitude needs to be that of glorifying God, during whichever kind of flood season I'm going through. So thanks!

R.L.Scovens said...

Attitude is everything when we're going through!!

Sheryl said...

I am now asking that same question about myself. How often do I allow each and every circumstance and situation to be used in a way that advances the gospel?

This is how I must live. Thanks so much for the reminder.

Sheryl

Laura Healy Photography said...

Leigh,
After we had our son Aaron that was fullterm and stillborn. I remember the Lord saying to me, "in this world you cannot control what happens to you, you can only control your attitude and how you will react to the circumstance" Thank God for his grace. He celebrates with us through the good times and comforts us through the bad times.One of my favorite scriptures is Zephaniah 3:17(NIV) The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

Suzanne Eller (Suzie) said...

Hey Leigh, I look forward to hanging out with you in Ecuador! Love the blog, BTW. : )

Toknowhim said...

Long time since I left a comment here... So glad about you and your STMM team...

Blessings...

PS. I have been trying to find out if you are going to see Beth Moore in November...she is only a little over an hour away from you (I think). I am going. If you are, would love to stop and say hello to you...

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