Joy of what God has me doing in the world for Him

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by Mark Malcolm

19 Jesus knew that they wished to question Him, and He said to them, “Are you deliberating together about this, that I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me, and again a little while, and you will see Me’? 20 “Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy. 21 “Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been into the world. 22 “Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. John 16:19-22 (NASB)

The life you’ve led to this point, however short or long, has given you a set of experiences. Those experiences have taught you lessons of things to do, things not to do, what to avoid, and what to savor. The memories of those experiences make up who you are, both the good and the bad. They do not make you good or bad, they just define how your life has progressed to this point. What makes you good or bad is every decision you choose to make, or not make, every moment from here on out.

Knowledge of a thing is just knowing what the facts are. Understanding a thing is being able to tell the good and the bad about a thing. Wisdom is choosing the good over the bad in a thing. Experience helps grant us wisdom when we filter it through Jesus.

If you are seeking to throw off the Old Self in favor of the New Self, you are actively acquiring wisdom, which should not be horded as a prized possession, but shared. You can only share that wisdom to those who are willing to hear it. People will only be willing to listen to you where they grant you credibility in things. You only get that credibility through meeting other people in the same places they live or can establish relatable similarities in past experience.

One does not place a light under a bushel basket. We’ve said this before. God is moving in you not just to save you, but to make you a light to more of His children so they might also find Hope, Peace, and Joy. You’ve had some hard experiences in life, everyone has. Others out there are going through the same things but they have no idea what is going on, what to do, or how to cope with it. You’ve learned some lessons from what you’ve survived to this point. That wisdom should not be “put under a bushel basket”, but shared. Where are you shedding your light this week?

Bio from my web site :

Smiling Mark IIMark Malcolm is a child of God, husband, father, project manager, technical writer, gamer, fiction writer, Marine (’87-’91), has practiced Shao Lin Kung Fu and Tai Chi, been published in magazines and newspapers (editorial anyway), and seen the Southern Cross.

The goals he has currently are to more accurately identify the path God has for him to walk, continue to provide for his family, establish a solid web presence, build a career writing novels through both traditional and independent publishing, and learn to better relate to the people around him.

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