i know i’m on a “social media fast” right now (which i’m failing miserably at, by the way) but i just HAD TO SHARE this!! i command you right now to listen to it. okay… that was harsh, but honestly, honestly, honestly - this is so good. i just bawled my EYES out! and i don’t even really understand why … except to say that there is the POWER OF GOD in this.
listen my friends, and be fed. and see how BEAUTIFUL GOD is!! wow.
my niece is so freakin adorable.
how do i put this…
i’ve always felt that what was happening in my life was a BIG DEAL. my job, my students, my successes, my failures, my good days, my bad days. they are all magnified in my mind.
recently, for some reason, when our school staff meets together on Wednesdays to sit and discuss things as a whole team, i’ve found myself thinking: we are so small. sure, in this room, this conversation is everything. it’s so important to us that these things go right and they are a BIG DEAL to us. but we are in a tiny room in a HUGE city and there are so many meetings going on right now in other buildings where the people in them also think their work is a big deal and no one is thinking about us right now…
this happens when i teach, too. i see my students not getting a question right that i know they need to be great at and i am really hard on them and feel like it’s a BIG DEAL and i have to fix it because they have to do great on the Regents. for me, math is magnified - it’s the only class i see and it’s #1 in my mind. but the kids don’t feel the same way i feel. i’m just one teacher to them of many, one class of many, and they want to pass the test, sure, but they also want a lot of other things.
some days my little successes or my little failures (or big ones) feel like the end of the world or the excitement of the century. some days… most days… i feel like the story has me at the center.
it’s so crazy. we are the center of our own little world (most of us) but we are so deceived in that! this is not our story, this is not our world. in reality, true reality, everything is about God. it’s His story. it’s His people. it’s His everything. ”everything revolves around You, Jesus, You… at the center of it all.”
i wish i lived in that more. i think i would be so much LESS stressed out with the details of my life. i think i would have so much more compassion. i think i would treat people better, love people so much more. and pay so much more attention to God.
so yeah… do you find that YOU are the center of your life? something to think about…
I guess there is some kind of campaign out there to ban the word “bossy,” specifically calling young girls bossy. The campaign says that because girls are called bossy, they grow up no longer interested in leadership and afraid to be leaders.
I’m going go ahead and say I disagree with this on several fronts. First, let me say that I was a bossy child. A very bossy child. I bossed my little sister around, my cousins around and probably all my youngest friends around. And people definitely called me bossy. They also said other, kinder, things about me: I’m a leader, I’m smart, etc.
I don’t for one second believe that I would be in a better place today had I not been called bossy. In fact, in retrospect, I wish it would have been made even more clear to me what problems my superior attitude could and would create.
There is a difference between being bossy and being a boss. My first female boss, Julie, is the farthest thing from “bossy” that you’ll probably ever find but she was an incredibly successful leader - and still is! Promotion after promotion - and she is still one of the sweetest people I know. Clearly bossiness is not a prerequisite skill for being a leader.
Furthermore, despite being called bossy, for good reason, I never lost the qualities about me that make me a good leader in certain situations. I still remember filling out the application for my first missions trip and one of the questions was, “Are you a leader or a follower?” I ended up picking “leader,” citing the fact that I had to be a leader in my profession or basically be run over by 13 year olds all day, every day. And the truth is, there are leader qualities in me.
But I also believe that while being a leader had it’s pros, so does being a follower - and I don’t think it’s wrong to tell a young person that. God has ultimate authority over us but He has also structured us to operate within human authority, and I am NOT always the boss. I will not and should not always get my way. I should submit to authority, like the government, but also to authority that is placed in my life to protect me. Being bossy can really hurt me if I don’t realize when I need to humbly submit instead.
I guess what I’m trying to say is - I don’t think we should stop using the word “bossy” in an effort to encourage girls to be leaders. If someone is being too bossy, they should be told that it’s not okay! That they can lead with compassion and not with brattiness. And also, if you feel like you have lots of leadership qualities, that’s great! God gave them to you! But He also expects your humble submission to Him and to other people in your life who He has put over you. Don’t think of yourself as such a boss that you can’t listen to others.
I’m only about 2 minutes into listening to this, but already really want to share this: Pastor TD is talking about how God didn’t show Joseph the dream of all that would happen to him (being sold into slavery, etc), he just showed him the end - that his brothers would bow down to him.
then he says, “if God showed you the process, then it wouldn’t be a DREAM, it would be a nightmare!” I laughed out loud. So true, so true. Hold on to the DREAM, despite the process
i basically never listen to any popular music and really have no way to ever find out about secular music… but a coworker sent this video out to everyone last week and i have to admit i love it! it’s such a feel good song
singing this at the top of my lungs!!
Your name is HIGHER
Your name is GREATER,
all my hope is in You!!
Your Word - UNFAILING!
Your promise - UNSHAKEN!
ALL MY HOPE IS IN YOU.
[my heart screams JESUS SAVES <3 always]