Well, the preaching may come out in this one y'all, but where there is truth, there is freedom. Can I get an amen?!?
Let me just say the enemy wants nothing more than to come up in your life and take your joy! The Bible says the enemy comes for three things; to steal, kill, and destroy. He doesn't care what he has to do to do it, but BAYYYBYY, he sure will if we let him. And do you know how we easily let him do this?!? Comparison. Let me say that again. We give the enemy permission to come jack us up (emotionally speaking) when we find ourselves comparing what GOD gave US to what God has given to OTHERS!
What are you talking about Kimberly? I'm glad you asked. Okay, you find yourself on Instagram wishing you had that body, face, hair etc., or on Facebook wishing you had "in a relationship" or "engaged to" on your status page, or have that dream become a reality for something you still pray for when everyone else around you seems to be living it. It's in these moments of hopeful wishing, we are telling God what we have right now is not enough. What he has given us is damaged or ugly. Where we are isn't enough. Woah the disrespect and lack of appreciation is so real and do you see how easily we do it?!?
Something so innocent, as in your mind complimenting another human being or beings, now finds itself seeped in your conscious, soon starting to rot there. It begins to grow and multiply and this little innocent, "awe I want (fill in here)" has now consumed you with envy, lack of appreciation, and resentment. Yes baby, and it does consume you. I can testify that I have found myself there maybe more often than I care to admit. And I have even found myself there recently.
That is an ugly place to be. That is a lonely place to be. That is where we lose moments that in 10 years we look back on and say, "if I could do it over." Those are the moments we lose the biggest lesson, the biggest blessing, and the most amazing growth. I was looking back on some old spoken word/writings I keep in my phone. I write when I travel or when I feel something tugging at my heart. I have never been disappointed to find that those writings are exactly what I needed to read later in life when I found myself needing a whole lot of grace and humility. And isn't God so amazingly good that he knows we depend on our flesh so much that we don't want to hear it from ANYBODY else, YET he uses "us" to speak to his words back to ourselves?!?
I mean, really?!? I can look back and be in awe of God because I know He placed those words in my heart because He knew I needed them! His grace is so sufficient!
We aren't all supposed to walk through the same doors, nor are we going to walk through them at the same time. Sometimes God keeps you in the hallway and in truth, we need that hallway. We need that hallway to meet the right people or to be the right person that someone else needs, even if for a moment. We need that hallway to get through some tough times. That hallway has powers of healing, miracles of connection, and tears of uncontrollable laughter. Those hallways contain mistakes that turn to lessons, later nights that turn to mornings, mourning that turns to joy, and humility at its ugliest, most beautiful hour.
Until we experience and take in all the hallway has to offer we cannot move forward, we cannot open another door. Plus, that door just leads to another hallway and sometimes that hallway brings greatness and sometimes it brings the opposite. In that, we might as well appreciate the scenery because it might end up being your most cherished one. So love that hallway. Find joy in that hallway. Thank God you get to be in that hallway. Dance in it. Sing in it. Pray in it. Shout in it. Cry in it. But, never give into the doubt, fear, or moments where darkness comes because you never know what that hallway is protecting you from or teaching you in the process.
I love you and I send you hugs of so much love.
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