Appearances

 

I have seen people who appear to have it all together. They have a nice house, nice car, beautiful spouse, beautiful children – but once you get to know them, you learn just how broken and miserable they are. They are not who they appear to be. I’ve seen people at church who “appear” spiritual, but their actions speak otherwise. I’ve also seen people who appear to be poor as dirt, but are quite wealthy and good managers of what they’ve been blessed with. It’s dangerous to “judge a book by its cover” – especially when the axiom involves people. It seems that there are a lot people who try to impress others with how they live – the house they live in, the car they drive, the clothes they way – this stuff is way overrated, in my opinion. I want to live a life of influence and significance with my goal of impressing the Lord alone.

My wife and kids know me like no others. I have close friends who know me as well. I have weaknesses and I have strengths. I have never been perfect, but I’m sure trying to be like Jesus, Who was perfect. I don’t ever want to become full of pride where my friends can bring me down to earth. I want to be a humble follower of the Lord and I want the activities of my daily life to validate my faith. Check this out…

15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, ‘I’m rich; I have become wealthy and need nothing,’ and you don’t realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. (Revelation 3:15-17 CSB)

I must be humble and broken before the Lord. He can use me when I’m empty of me. If I’m empty of me, He can fill me up and spill into the lives of others.

Lord I Need You by Matt Maher

The good news for me is that the Lord can use me right where I am. I just should trust Him to prune the things off me that are “in the way” of Him. He can use me when I surrender all of me to Him and His plan. I DON’T want to be lukewarm.

If I give off the appearance that I have it all together – trust me, I don’t. I have The Lord in my life and He has it all together. He is the reason I appear to have it all together – He is leading my life. He’s leading me as a husband. He’s leading me as a Dad. He’s leading me as a friend/REALTOR. He’s leading me as a Broker.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Helpless & Needy

 

Child in medicine maskI’ve been around people who are needy or clingy. There are those who are always in a bad place – I think if they won the lottery, they’d still be clingy and needy. There are also those who’ve been dealt a tough “hand” in life. They have needs and they need someone to help them desperately. My heart goes out to the person who’s lost their spouse or their child – their world just got flipped on its end.  They are certainly people in our culture who abuse others and the system by always appearing helpless & needy. It’s difficult to know if someone is using people by claiming to be helpless and needy.

As I describe a helpless and needy person in my world, I realize that I’m helpless and needy before the Lord every day.  David penned the words well about just how hard life is and how much we need the Lord. Check this out…

5 ‘Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,

    I will now arise,’ says the Lord.

    ‘I will protect them from those who malign them.’

6 And the words of the Lord are flawless,

    like silver purified in a crucible,

    like gold refined seven times.

7 You, Lord, will keep the needy safe

    and will protect us forever from the wicked,

8 who freely strut about

    when what is vile is honored by the human race. (Psalm 12:5-8 NIV)

I will put my simple trust and hope in the Lord to direct my path. I don’t always know what to do when someone speaks untruths about me and tries to harm me. I need wisdom and discernment from the Lord to be my protection. I seek Him and His way for my every move. The Lord does His best work in me and through me when I’m helpless and needy. I recognize His Power and His Presence and He shows up strong.

This morning is no different than any other morning – I need the Lord to direct my path today as I navigate different challenges in my day. I standing strong upon His Word that He will protect me, direct me and provide for my every step. I can’t imagine trying to do life without Him – I am that helpless and needy for Him.

Pressing On!

Dwayne