It’s Not About Me

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I have spent a lot of time these last few months spinning my wheels, doing nothing. The tv is a nice mindless activity to get me through the bulk of my day without requiring a lot of energy out of me. This works because getting around has largely been hard for me to do as my back and hips continue to heal from the cancer. I sit in the nice chair my in-laws brought over for me with two main things in my lap – my dog and the remote. The problem is that it really doesn’t require anything out of me except a commitment to only the tv and nothing else. Ever notice how easily we go from one episode to the next while watching something on Netflix and before we realize it, several hours have passed and we have nothing to show for ourselves? They want this to happen or they never would have created the auto play option. And honestly, the last time I ever spent this much time binge watching tv was before I met my husband, before I got saved. I’ve had more important things to do. So why do I sit here now and consume so much that does so little for me?

The answer is really very simple. Call it avoidance of the big and little feelings that I have to still deal with lurking on the back burner of my mind. Or laziness to dive into something that will require a bigger commitment than I feel I can commit to. Maybe a bit of both even. There was a time when I longed to spend my days reading the bible all day instead of working. Now that I am home all day, this couldn’t be further from the reality of my current situation. Before an hour ago, I hadn’t opened my bible in weeks. Sure, I’ve listened to a few sermons but it’s not the same. Before today, I haven’t listened to worship music in weeks. Why? Because being well takes me forward a few steps and being unwell takes me back a few. There have been moments on this journey where I have really seen God’s hand, and then the rest of the time it seems like just deafening silence. And having to deal with things you don’t really want to deal with is sometimes enough of a reason to pull away from someone like Jesus, even when in my heart I know that He is the answer, the solution to everything I am dealing with. I’m not proud saying this but even I am not a person with perfect faith and perfect obedience to Him.

Why am I telling you this? Because the struggle is real. Every day is a battle to get back to Him, to get back to His word. The devil doesn’t want me to rely on Him for strength. In fact, the farther he can get me from the word of God, the more he can try and fill my head with nonsense. I know the truth but it’s still easy to take me away from God when I give in to the bleakness of my situation, when I let go of Him and hold on to the sickness my body is battling. I don’t want to live my life spinning wheels and just taking up space. Yes, there are still a lot of things I can’t do but there is plenty I can still do for the kingdom. Sometimes, it just takes me to wake up from my slumber and remember this isn’t about me. This whole cancer journey is not about whether I live or die, but about whether others live or die knowing Jesus. It’s time I remember my part.

 

 

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I was sitting here tonight, praying over the kids and my family and started thinking of the benefits that people miss out on when they don’t work for God. Maybe they just don’t realize what a great opportunity it is? I’m a big picture kind of girl so I thought I would take a shot at writing a job announcement for God’s company to highlight some of the benefits of working for Him. I don’t want anyone to miss out on this opportunity so please be sure to pass it on to believers and non-believers alike. God is always hiring!


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When you come to work for God, you belong to a family that will look out for you no matter what, and membership lasts longer than a lifetime! God makes sure to consider the needs of all of His employees and so you will learn quickly how great a provider He is. Once people start seeing how happy you are working with Him, your friends and family will want to as well. Don’t worry – there is no conflict so make sure you tell them all about your experiences.  There is always work to be done and never enough people so God doesn’t turn anyone away. There is also an open-door policy so you can bring matters to God’s attention and air out your grievances at any given time. His employees are so important to Him, that God always makes time for them, even if that means taking an unscheduled break. The best part is that the work is challenging AND rewarding. You will not be disappointed!

For more information about this great opportunity, visit John 3:16.

To apply in person, call on Jesus with “You Are My Lord And Savior.”


For more information about Kristeen Nicole Gillooly, her music and her ministry, please visit http://www.kngmusicministry.com. You can also visit her artist website at http://www.kristeennicolegillooly.com.