The Lethal Hangnail

“The devil would kill ya with a hangnail if he could!” My dad had lots of fun quotes like this. From my childhood, I remember people laughing at this quote & I smiled like I understood, but I didn’t get it. Now that I have some life tread under my belt, I get it.

The enemy of your soul is out to rattle your cage, poison your thinking & sideline you with anything possible, even a hangnail.
Don’t let him – full stop.
Some helpful pointers:

  • Keep your eyes in Jesus.
  • Don’t quit.
  • Keep loving wholly.
  • Pray intensely.
  • Feed yourself the Bible everyday.
  • Chose faith & reject doubt.

Never forget that greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world!

compensate

I’m coming to appreciate what it means to compensate from dislocating my shoulder in early January.  When I injured my shoulder, I tore off some of the cartiledge from the bone so my shoulder muscles have been endeavoring to compensate and they’re getting very tired of doing extra duty for the last two months.  It seems to me that we all try to compensate in various ways for things that we perceive as deficiencies, shortfalls and weaknesses.  And here’s the honest truth:  none of us are all of that & a bag of chips.  We are all flawed, masterpieces in the making, rough cut & ragged on the inside & outside.

So rather than trying to compensate by amplifying our humanity, let’s lean into God, give up some control and trust that God is working in and on us, conforming us to the image of Jesus with the power & presence of the Holy Spirit 🙂

Let’s stop compensating and surrender more 🙂

the attraction distraction

 The attraction distraction is a fun play on words & my mind can go all kinds of fanciful directions with these words.  Nonetheless, I’m thinking about these 2 words as they relate to people in our lives & connecting with Jesus.  If I’m gut level honest with you about myself, you’ll discover that I’m keenly passionate about knowing Christ.  For me, knowing Christ is the central “attraction” throughout my life, in all of its different contexts.  With this in mind, the relationships that go through my life (some permanent & others being more temporary) can be a distraction or an enhancement to this attraction.  Likewise, I can either distract people from Jesus or possibly make Jesus attractive by my interactions with others.

To attract or distract all depends on your goal.  What are you trying to achieve?  When you are clear about the goals in your life, then you can figure out the attraction & distraction challenges.  May God give you the wisdom & focus you need for this day 🙂