Saturday, June 12, 2010

Full Circle

I have recently finished reading Beth Moore's So Long Insecurity book and wanted to share some nuggets that provided a breakthrough for me.

- Self absorption and insecurity walk together hand in hand.

-Human nature dictates that most often we will be as insecure as we are self-absorbed.

- The less we are willing to get outside our own lives, the more self-absorbed and miserable we become.

- You can probably trace your passion all the way to the deepest point of your pain.

- Your past has not come full circle to it's complete redemption until you allow Christ to not only defuse it, but also to use it.

-Pursuing a life of purpose is one of our strongest guards against buying the superficiality that feeds insecurity.

My passion, calling and purpose right now is to be a wife and mom. The Lord is showing me that he is bringing my past full circle by being able to be a full time stay at home mom. Here is the breakthrough: the insatiable insecurity that came from being a product of a broken home is being redeemed as I pour my life out for my husband and children. Not out of pride or self abasement (another form of pride) but genuinely giving myself away for the sake of someone else. Paul said it to the Philippians like this:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4
Check out these verses is Isaiah:

6 "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?

7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
"If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:6-11 (NIV)

So what is your passion? Do you know someone who is hungry? Can you satisfy the needs of the oppressed? How can your past come full circle to become your passion?

When we spend ourselves on others, the rewards are sweet. Light. Healing. Righteousness. Answers. Satisfaction. Strength.

Thank you Jesus for your redeeming work. Thank you for the gift of joy that comes from living a life for something that is bigger than ourselves. What a privilege and blessing! I am in awe of your perfect wisdom and remedy for a selfish, insecure soul. You alone are wise!

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