It has been a challenge to declutter my mind lately! Many times I am not even aware that I have junks all over the place! It only surfaces when the sanitation inspector in the person of the Holy Spirit walks through my mind and heart.
I wonder if my mind is different from my heart! Can someone explain please, cos lately my heart seems to be playing tricks on my mind! Hmm! That’s food for thought! Will come back to that sometime!
I found out that a lot of stuff that I thought I threw out a long time ago were sitting on the chest covered by dust. Alas, having been preoccupied gave me a sense of wellness until the dust was lifted!
Okay, what am I saying here? A while back someone threatened what was dear to my heart. Overtime, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I healed and moved on thinking all was and is well.
At a point it seem what transpired never did. You know when there’s an open sore, it’s painful and leaves a scar right. When it’s totally healed the scar would still remain as a reminder of the sore and it’s circumstances. The scar miraculously disappeared I believed for the longest time! Until..
Until I saw similar circumstances center stage before my eyes. The dust rapidly lifted revealing the old wound and kazoom, the old scar appeared!
I revisited the scene and dwelt there until it dawn on me! Is it really worth It? Especially when the circumstances is unchanged? Should I let the inconsiderate action of another steal my joy? The words of Paul in the book of Philippians reflects an attitude, a way of life that will, regardless of the restrictions placed on our liberty, keep our joy intact. To borrow from Chuck Swindoll’s Laugh Again : What A Way To Live!
Maintain your joy by weighing the importance of what is, with regard to your core,your purpose,and goal. Is it really worth your trouble?
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
Esther 5:7 Then Esther answered and said, “My petition and request is this: 8 If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, then let the king and Haman come to the banquet which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king has said.” 9 So Haman went out that day joyful and with a glad heart; but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate, and that he did not stand or tremble before him, he was filled with indignation against Mordecai. 10 Nevertheless Haman restrained himself and went home, and he sent and called for his friends and his wife Zeresh. 11 Then Haman told them of his great riches, the multitude of his children, everything in which the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the officials and servants of the king. 12 Moreover Haman said, “Besides, Queen Esther invited no one but me to come in with the king to the banquet that she prepared; and tomorrow I am again invited by her, along with the king. 13 Yet all this avails me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.” 14 Then his wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Let a gallows be made, fifty cubits high, and in the morning suggest to the king that Mordecai be hanged on it; then go merrily with the king to the banquet.” And the thing pleased Haman; so he had the gallows made.
1 Timothy 6:6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. The cause of all ills in life is lack of godly contentment. You see the self centredness of man makes man to think the world revolves round him, causing him to covet and defraud and all sort just to seemingly take hold of what others do not have. Haman was such a man! Entertained privately by the ruling royal, exclusive pass to exclusivity and yet was not content, but covet the adulation of that simple man called Mordecai, that has nothing else going for him but stand at the gate with dust all over his ragly clothing! You are right! It is quite easy for the nose in the air, self righteous to look down on those perceived to be disfavored as subject to be god over.
We all have felt like Haman at one point or another, where we felt we deserve more recognition or acknowledgement from someone, a group, establishment or community than we got. We’ve all at one point assume we are better than others and so on. I had felt disrespected by someone that I felt was not at par with me. We place our self on a higher scale and look with disdain on those others we assume, based on our limited knowledge to be of a lower class on the lower scale.
Friends, it is time to set aside our preconceived and faulty way of thinking and take up the standard laid down by Jesus Christ according to scriptures. We are all equally saved by grace, cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ, sanctified and ordained for His good pleasure. Be humble and treat everyone like you would like to be treated.
Fear God and depart from evil. Lack of contentment was Haman’s downfall, may it not be yours and mine in Jesus Christ name. Be contented with your lot in life even while you strive for more of what God has to make available for you. Don’t be a stumbling block for another! Come down your high horse. Christ speaks to you now, please listen, He loves you!