Shape & Shift
“Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control,[a] lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.“
1 Corinthians 9:25-27
How we live today matters.
How we choose to respond matters. Adversity will shape you and shift you.
Adversity will sift you.
Will you be patient? Or will you cave to pettiness?
Will you get better, adapt, become more of what your potential has been screaming for?
Or will you sit back, whine and become bitter?
Stop mourning yesterday...
because the sun is rising and it is TODAY. Maybe just maybe—it’s a place worth “growing”.
King Saul was in hot pursuit of young David. He was intent on killing him. He pursued him for sheer jealousy of the mantle God had placed upon him. Saul felt threatened by the love the people had for David, the valor in which he fought and the anointing upon his life. David mourned Saul repeatedly, asking the man what he had done to deserve such wrath? Eventually Saul conceded and confessed. David has truly done no harm.
David played his harp while Saul had thrown his darts.
David had to persevere and overcome adversity and obstacles despite the kings command.
What is pursuing you?
What is haunting your heart, mind and soul? Stop mourning! Stop mourning your Saul!
The tides are shifting and though you’ve been through some sifting I am writing to tell you that for you God has more! How do you know the pursuit of Saul isn’t the greatest gift of them all? How? Because it has prepared you or is preparing you for what God knew was coming next. God’s love is like a net and the strength, tenacity and resilience of your net needed to be strong. Saul could be anything at all. It is whatever is keeping you from the blessings at your finger tips. It could be a mindset. Saul could be the pain of a broken heart or loss of the past. Saul could be someone who mishandled your heart. Saul could be the job that slipped through your fingers. Saul could be a broken marriage. But I suspect it’s whatever is burning through your mind as you read this in this moment.
Step back. Relent. Pray. Check your heart. And then stay in a place of abiding peace and rest.
It may be difficult for you, but I know it’s something you can do!
The high road always has a stellar view. I believe in you! ~Nicole