Breaking Bread For 7.22.22

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Scripture

The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 

Psalm 103:8

Reflection

We come off all holier than thou but fall short by lightyears. We’re in the spiritual image and likeness of God, yet we are consumed by our flesh. We claim we want to be more like Jesus, but we must be speaking about the Spanish guy who lives down the street, because we couldn’t possibly be speaking about Yeshua (his Hebrew name). We couldn’t be speaking about the Son of God.

We can’t possibly want to be more like Jesus when we have the mindset that “It’s all about me, my feelings, my wants, and needs, my desires, my body, my house, my car, my material possessions, my sexuality, my sensuality, my…my…my…my”. Jesus was about the “we” and the “us”, and about serving and representing God, our Heavenly Father-Mother. He sacrificed everything for his people and for us. 

Jesus could have gone off and started slapping, punching, and kicking his disciples whenever they got out of line, disrespected him, and even when they betrayed him. He could have gone off and started tearing up things when the Jews tried to control when he healed the sick, wounded, and diseased. He could have slapped or punched the first soldier who walked up to him to take him into custody for his crucifixion. But he didn’t. 

Yes, he knew he was disrespected, betrayed, and treated worse than a stray, rabid dog, but he chose not to curse them; he chose dignity over revenge. Yes, Jesus was hurt; yes, he cried, but revenge was not in his heart or on his mind. So why should it be on ours? 

If we’re to be more like Jesus then we need to stay prayed up, rested, and ready to spread God’s love and Word around the world to anyone willing to receive it. We should smile more, even when someone’s frowning at us. We should laugh more because it soothes the soul. We should dance more because it’s a way of rejoicing and praising God through movement. We should take care of our health and our bodies because they are gifts from God, and we only have them temporarily. 

Let’s talk real talk— if we aren’t taking care of ourselves, then we can’t possibly do the work God has planned for us.

We need to stop living as victims and start living as ambassadors for Christ. We need to start forgiving more because we want forgiveness, and if we can’t give, we can’t receive. We need to stop being so self-absorbed about what did, didn’t, has, hasn’t, is, or isn’t happening in our lives—that’s living in the past or in the future, but it definitely isn’t living in the present. 

We need to start living as though we’re glad to be alive and grateful that God wakes us and protects us each day. We should be grateful each day for our family and friends and for the things we take for granted, like the ability to blink our eyes, swallow, and breathe. 

These past few years I have learned a great deal about myself, how I deal with pain, rejection, and betrayal; and how hypocritical I can be in my judgment of others. I had to put myself in check, HARD, and although it was a painful realization, it was one that I’m glad I discovered now, and not before taking my last human breath. I didn’t like what I saw in myself, and I declared I would be quick to change for the better. 

Let’s start anew beginning today, right now, this very moment. What happened yesterday or yesteryear has happened. Let it remain there. Give it a funeral with flowers and then sprint back to present day. What could happen tomorrow isn’t relevant. Stay focused on the now. We can only reasonably work in the now. The sun is only shining in the now. Let those rays shine bright on you. 

Life is too short to be drowned by misery. Live in the Light. Live in the gift of today. Live in the presence of God. Live as God does, with love, compassion, and grace.

Push out the negativity and let in God’s gentle Light. I’m ready, are you?

Prayer

Father, I want to be more like You. I want to be more like Your son Yeshua. I want to show compassion and grace always. I want to be slow to anger, and filled with love. I want to learn to forgive instantly, and not keep track of those who wronged me and their indiscretions. I want to be more patient and understanding. I want to stop being so quick to place blame because I am not blameless. I want to leave my judgments to Your discretion, as being a judge is not my role and purpose in life. I want to live my life as You see fit. In Your son Yeshua’s Name I pray. Amen.

I love you all!

Natasha 

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