Actions to Values

September 21, 2018 Phil Bashore No comments exist

Aligning My Actions to My Values

 

I don’t know about you but sometimes I am asked to step out of my comfort zone. When this happens it usually is a very unpleasant experience. This experience can take on the form of new opportunities, as problems, communication issues or relationship problems. Sometimes it’s exciting and sometimes it’s well… it’s just scary. The big FEAR factor and self-doubt have often come tapping at my door to slow me down and hinder the growth and opportunity that life challenges tend to bring. I tell the kids here at The Lighthouse that the Bible says to pray without ceasing; that God wants us to come to Him with every problem and every concern; that God is with us every step of our journey guiding us and helping us through each breath we take in this big world of unknowns. He may not take the situation away, but He will help us each step we take through it.

Then life happens and hits us full force in the face… in the gut… in the heart…

Yesterday brought several challenges. One of these challenges is forcing me to learn something new on the job. I don’t have knowledge in this area and I feel overwhelmed with the thought of tackling this huge undertaking. I know I need to do this, so I started researching and found a bit of information to help get me started. But really, I would just like to put it all in the trash or sweep it under the rug and move on to something I know. Yesterday also presented a big old huge ugly problem – the kind that can take the wind from your sails a bit. Oh, how hard it is to be Christlike when someone is hurtful. I don’t want to deal with problems like this. I don’t. I want everyone to be kind, be happy and play nice. We work so hard at what we do here and when someone doesn’t see the love we have for each of our children, well, it hurts. After facing that challenge late in the day, I had to go home to yet another challenge that was looming over my head. I had to get busy in my studio and get some work done to meet a deadline. No problem normally but I have been trying a new technique and feeling quite bit of pressure from earlier in the day and I just dreaded going there.  I really wanted to veg out on YouTube watching artists with dream lives do their thing in an effortless manner, pumping out beautiful piece after piece…

Fear, fatigue and worry were wearing heavy over my mind and heart. As I sat there working away, my own words to the children came to mind – “pray without ceasing.”  (Insert sound of squealing brakes here.) Ouch! My actions were not aligning to my values. God was reminding me to talk to Him about all that was going on and I started to pray. I worshipped God for who He is. I worshipped Him for who He is to me. I worshipped and praised Him for going before me and beside me in every battle I am facing.  I just needed to re-align my actions to my values and put things in their proper order. It sounds so simple and yet sometimes I make this so hard…

In my devotions this morning, God reminded me once again how perfect He is for me and every need I have. He reminded me I am never alone, and I do not have to go through this life on my own. Deuteronomy 20:4 says, “For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” Each one of these life challenges becomes the enemy when I allow them to turn my eyes from God’s mighty power and who He is. His Word is true, and He is faithful. He brings us through every challenge.

 

Without Ceasing,

Ms. Rebecca

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