Birthday Month Reflections - Day 11!
Chosen by God!
Today is the eleventh day of my birthday month, New Year, New Season. I have left one year behind and have entered into a new year with new possibilities.
My focus today is on recognizing that I may not see things clearly.
You can be in the midst of something, hear everything said, watch the actions of people, and still miss what’s going on. Sometimes we hear out of context and from our historical perspective. This can skew understanding and strangle communication. The words we speak don’t always say what we mean to the people hearing them.
Instead of being quick to assign blame or get your feelings hurt, why not ask, is what I’m hearing, what I believe about something, really reflect the heart of the person involved? Instead of thinking that people are out to get us we could choose to believe that people are out to bless us. That’s not always the case but isn’t it better on relationships if we give one another the benefit of the doubt? Why not take a moment to speak to the person(s) involved and ask them to explain their meaning, to help you understand what they are saying. Sometimes what we heard isn’t what was said.
We need to be gentler with one another. We need to hear from the foundation of love, especially when the conversation is between believers. Before we throw in the towel why not seek understanding?
I was guilty of misunderstanding a situation that compounded, in my mind, to the point where understanding was completely absent. My vision was blurry. I was operating from a perceived hurt that I carried into every encounter. The enemy loves to cause confusion and discord between believers. Someone has to be willing to talk, to risk being rejected, in order to begin the healing process.
All we can do is try. The results are in God’s hands. It takes a spiritually mature person to try to bridge a gap rather than widening it. I’ve learned through this experience it also takes a spiritually mature person to admit their part in widening the gap and admit that their perceptions were incorrect. When a relationship goes south it’s rarely the fault of one person. Usually everyone involved is at fault to some degree. Yet, someone has to get to the point where they are unwilling to lose a marriage, a friendship, a relationship, a divine connection over foolishness! Most issues can be resolved when all involved are willing to be transparent and want true resolution.
Stay tuned, because God isn't finished with me yet!
Be Encouraged! ❤
Leisa Wilkins Ministries
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