Tough Love

Last monday I went to God with a little bit of a pity party.

Has it ever happen to you that you saw how your child fall down, and, although she-he verily touched the ground, she-he came crying wanting some simpathy hug or something like that. But instead of giving it to her-him, you decided it wasn´t a big deal and told her-him ¨you are just fine, it is not bleeding or anything. Go on¨. Well, that happend to me the other day. Only I didn´t fall.

Something made me pretty sad, someone´s reaction made me sad, and I went to God wanting a simpathy hug. I wanted some grace, I wanted the hurt to magically go away. I wanted it to feel all better.

God´s reaction was quite different. I read my Bible, listened to some preaching tapes, and prayed. His response was much more biblical but I will put it down in my own words if you allow me (you really got no choice). It was pretty much ¨You are just fine. This is something you are going to have to deal with because you are in the ministry. It is always going to be this way. You can tell them what I want, but you can´t make them do it. People need you and then they don´t want you. Some will give three steps forward and two backwards. You are going to see that a lot.¨ I will add to this ¨so get over it ;)¨.

We all need some tough love sometimes. It Helped me a lot more than a little babying (is that even a word?). We are all in the learning process, ain´t we?

Php 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.

Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Col 3:23-24 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

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Jill said...

It's amazing how we walk into those self-pity parties, isn't it? Somehow I never even realize that's where I am until God brings me up short. Thanks for the reminder, Pilar!

Jen said...

Yeah, God doesn't usually feed our pity parties, does He? Thanks for sharing what He spoke to you.

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

It is definitely a learning process. And the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know.

I do not envy you wives in the ministry. It is a very difficult place to be. Thanks for using that difficulty to encourage the rest of us!

A Child of the King said...

Thanks for sharing. I liked the image you used. It is amazing how quick we can throw a party for ourselves when we take our eyes off Him.

Dani Joy said...

love the picture!

So true!

It´s hard for me to face that I have failed in an area or that I am failing or that I am pittying myself. It´s my own pride. Gotta just get over myself as you say so often. ;) Thanks for sharing your devos. It´s been a blessing today.

Favianna said...

HOla Pili, hace mucho que no dejo un comentario en tu blog, pero la verdad siempre para leyendolo, siempre pones cosas tan interesantes, no habeis pensando en escribir un libro!! Te animo!!! Gracias por hacerme refleccionar con cosas y en otras hacerme reir!!

momstheword said...

Thank you for the reminder! I try to remember that our ministry is God's work, not ours. That the results are up to Him, not us. Still, it's hard sometimes!

Nina in Portugal said...

Great post Pilar....I too loved the picture you used.

God is working.....

Stuff could always be worse said...

That is a word from God, I needed it, thanks for sharing.