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Just Be. Just Do.

26 May

There were only four of us. We had heard the same verses read aloud several times. Now it was time to listen carefully to what God had to say through those two verses. Since I’m a retired cognitive therapist, the mind words grabbed my attention: listen, consider, think.

“Listen to me, all who hope for deliverance—all who seek the Lord! Consider the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were mined. Yes, think about Abraham, your ancestor, and Sarah, who gave birth to your nation. Abraham was only one man when I called him. But when I blessed him, he became a great nation” (Isaiah 51:1–2 NLT).

I found no new revelations about thinking and renewing my mind, although my mind overflowed with questions regarding ministry, writing, and speaking. Then I realized that’s not the focus. Once again, it’s not about me; it’s not about you. We must listen, consider, about think about our Source. Try inserting your name into the last sentence.

Nancy was only one woman when I called her. But when I blessed her, she became a great ___.

If/when God blesses us, we have potential to be/do great things in His name. Still a bit anxious about the impossibility of becoming “great,” I continued to listen to God’s still small voice within me, I understood Him say:

Just be—in My presence.

Just be—who you are.

Just do—the next thing.

It’s up to God—not the world, not me—to determine greatness. Jesus said if we offer a cup of water in His name we will be rewarded (Matthew 10:42). Our first priority is to love God with all our being (Mk 12:30) and seek His kingdom (Mt 6:33). Our second priority is to love people, including ourselves (Mk 12:31).

So here I am, daily reminding myself that God is always with me, just as He is with you. He cherishes us and has a plan that includes us. I can’t be anyone other than who God created me to be. I just try to go through the next door He opens, and occasionally have the courage to knock on a few doors in case they might also open. When I listen, consider, think about these truths, life seems simpler, more doable.

I need that right now. How about you?