Don’t Get It Twisted – It’s Not About You

Purpose and Praise

“One of man’s greatest flaws is believing he deserves everything he wants, and everything he has is received of his own effort.” – Janisha Jacobs

Have you ever prayed so hard for something and after not receiving it was convinced that the universe was out to get you? ‘Cause of course, blaming God was out of the question so it must have been the universe, right?

No? Okay, maybe it’s just me then.

There was a period in my life where I was convinced that the universe wanted me to be depressed. As if I had committed some horrendous crime and all the “let downs” and disappointments were just retribution for my wrong doings. The weight of the world was trying to realign my spine and it affected the way I walked in every area of life.

I found myself unable to share genuine affection with my family, “salty” at the success of my friends, and I’ll be honest with you, my worship was at a stand-still. I couldn’t understand how, even living my life practically perfect, I was still unable to have my hopes and dreams fulfilled. I felt like my prayers got as far as the ceiling in my bedroom and fell right back down to the vintage (what I mean to say is old) grey rug that lined my floors. Things just weren’t happening for me.

And I don’t know how it really happened but I remember the day that the character of my mind-set, was knocked off its feet and finally given a wake up call. I was sitting in the youth center of a McKinney church and the youth pastor opened his message by saying, “Don’t get it twisted, it’s not about you”. And of course that’s not all he said, but it was the precursor of the revelation that changed my entire outlook on life and my walk with Christ.

My problem wasn’t the universe, my problem was pride.

I had gotten to a place where I felt that I was one of the best persons I knew and that I deserved to have it all. Of course at the time, I couldn’t see myself in that light and if you would’ve told me that I would have probably been hurt, dramatically. But when it all boiled down, that was all that was left in the pot. I didn’t understand fully the teaching of being thankful in all things (1 Thess. 5:18) because every situation I encountered was strategically set up for my betterment (Rom. 8:28).

Forgetting one of the most well-known scriptures, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt 6:33), I figured that if I could just get things right in my physical life then my spiritual life would just fall into place and everything would be perfect.

How wrong was I!  Instead I was left with a million shards of the broken glass which held my dreams, and bloodied hands from trying to piece it all together on my own. I didn’t allow myself to get to that place of spiritual maturity where my will was completely conformed to the will of God for my life.

My mistake was believing that Purpose would bring Praise, when in fact it is Praise that brings Purpose.

You can never reach your full potential until you’ve surrendered everything to God, because only He knows what that potential is and He possesses the instructions on how to use it in the leaves of His Word – The Manual.

Release the reigns of your own plans and surrender everything to God: hopes, fears, dreams,  hurts, pains, desires, everything. It is only then that Purpose will be realized.


Feauture Image taken by JR Designs Anu

 

 

Published by Keela's Chronicles

Hey there, my name is Jann - affectionately known as Keela, hence "Keela's Chronicles". The first thing I should probably tell you about me is that I really love Jesus! I am a wife, daughter, sister and minister (I don't mean pastor - but a minister of the gospel). I started journaling when I was 14 years old and honestly it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Later in life I decided that I would make my journaling public so I started a blog. One of my biggest beliefs when it comes to ministry and christianity is transparency. I believe that in order to affect a life with the gospel, as a christian I need to show that persons how the gospel actively affects and changes my life. So I decided to use my experiences in both the physical and spiritual realms to encourage and inspire others while I'm going through the experiences, and not simply as an afterthought. I have a passion for writing, and inspiring others, especially young women of faith. My hope and desire is that as you read my posts you will feel blessed, motivated and truly inspired to be the best version of yourself in Christ, knowing that you are not alone.

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