the reason life is the way it is

Last night Tammy (my mother-in-law) shared that the Lord had put two verses on her heart that day-- one for me and one for Chris. When she shared mine I just about cried. I needed to hear it. My soul needed the encouragement and refreshment.

Are you still with me?

If you are anything like me sometimes when people start talking about The Word I tune them out. I dont' know why, but I do. I hate it. I usually like to go to blogs to hear funny stories or see great pictures or just listen to something about someone's life. I do it with books too, when a scripture is quoted, sometimes I skim over it because it's familiar.

This is something I recognized in myself lately and have been working at being intentional to focus more on the scripture than on the person-- that is where true life and refreshment comes.

So I'm about to challenge you to read the scripture I've pasted below.

I put it in two of my favorite translations that I think you will enjoy the way they read: the Message (I love how this translation reads like we speak. This is a very accurate translation, even though many don't think. The author translated it straight from the original languages. It is not a translation of a translation of a...) and The Amplified Bible (Love this translation because it is, well, amplified. It elaborates so you know exactly what was being said. I love that I walk away really understanding the intention of the text.).

I hope you are encouraged by these words today as well.
Now, I triple dog dare you to read them. ;)

Galatians 6:7-10

The Message:

Don't be misled: No one makes a fool of God.
What a person plants, he will harvest.
The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he'll have to show for his life is weeds!
But the one who plants in response to God, letting God's Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.
So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good.
At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit.
Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

The Amplified Version:

Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap. For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint. So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God's family with you, the believers].

The Lord gave me a very sharp spanking and also a giant hug through these verses today.

The spanking: my life is exactly how it is because of what I've done. I don't have anyone to blame because of it. I can't point the finger at anyone else. Yes the Lord is sovereign, but in His grace He allows me the act as I choose-- sometimes that is in faith and sometimes in rebellion or apathy. What I reap, I will so.

The Giant Hug: the lines from the message that i loved "So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time..." Even though it may not seem like my efforts now have much results, they will-- "At the right time." I will be able to reap if I "don't give up or quit."

Hope this encourages you today too. Praying now that if you made it this far the Lord would bring you much comfort today to persevere. That you wouldn't grow weary where you are at or where you are going. I pray that He would give you just a glimpse of the harvest you will reap if you continue doing what you are doing(whether that's good or bad). That you would be inspired to do good regardless of your current circumstances. And that you would be patient for your "appointed time" to reap. Love you.