| Can you recall a time when a piece of your spirit died?.
Maybe someone said something to you that left an indelible negative impression on you…or, you received a critical word or comment that sapped your spirit.
Because of comments made to us and/or experiences during our lifetimes, all of us carry in our hearts some negative impressions of ourselves and our capabilities.
All of us have “given up” on certain dreams or aspirations at one time or another.
All of us have negative impressions of ourselves that are absolutely NOT true.
All of us have felt a piece of a dream, or an entire dream, die.
However, death is not the end of the story.
Yes, death can be painful – very painful – when you work hard and plan long, and then, for whatever reason, have to abandon your project, your dream, or even a longstanding relationship.
Death can also be very sudden and almost painless when you submissively and perhaps subconsciously just let go of your dream, reasoning, “It probably wasn’t a very good idea anyway…my ideas never are…”
I know for me, personally, my soul tends to want to “settle in silence” when I passively let a piece of my spirit die.
“Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul would soon have settled in silence” (Psalm 94:17).
And this happens ONLY when I choose to NOT allow the Lord to be my help. Either way, death leaves an empty hole in our hearts.
However, there’s more to the story, the final chapter. Christ‘s death on the cross – we can’t even imagine the obvious physical pain, let alone the magnitude of His sacrifice.
But, Christ knew it wasn’t the end. He knew that death was just a painful bridge to a beautiful new birth!
Yes, the final chapter is, of course, the resurrection – the glorious resurrection!
You’ve heard it a million times: “You can resurrect your dream!” So-called “self-help” books have told you this for years, but, you might be thinking, “I’ve been there, done that.
I’m worn out on that idea.” Well, maybe, maybe not. Christ’s resurrection was God’s idea, not yours, not mine, not anyone else’s.
What is God‘s resurrection idea for you today? God’s ideas, born through us, are always better than ideas that we, alone, conceive or otherwise take credit. Let God resurrect a dream or goal or idea in your life today!
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Lord, resurrect Your purpose for me today.
Help me to be willing to tune-in, to see, to sense, to acknowledge, and to respond to Your ultimate plan for my life. Amen.
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Can you remember a time when a piece of your positive spirit died? Did you just accept it?.
Would you like to resurrect it?.
How do you think you could discover God’s new dream for you?.
Written by Jim Coleman.