Go on a “social networking fast”. My little sis gave me the idea b/c she’s fasting from FB until her spring semester… I think that’s something I might need to do too… immerse myself in other more productive things, spend more time with God, etc. Hm…
30-Day Scripture Challenge :: Day 03 : A Scripture that you love.
This was REALLY hard to narrow it down to just ONE.
"That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace…"
This particular verse of scripture is one that has stayed with me since about my junior year of college… So, four years ago I really looked at and found meaning in this scripture.
It might seem very “surface” and trivial but I was in a place in my life where I was battling with the fact that I’ve been different since my youth. 2004, when I went to college I didn’t venture too far from what I had been taught as a child…at first. But then I longed to just BE like everyone else, to dress and look and act like all the others girls to avoid the questions, “Why do you wear skirts all the time? What’s your religion? Do you WANT to dress like that?” On and on and on… So I pretended. I wore what everyone else wore, I went where everyone else went and I was happy… for a while.
Then a change happened… I wasn’t comfortable lowering my own standard of living. I wasn’t being a “corner stone.” Corner stones are the strongest piece of a building’s foundation. I was more like a stray piece of rubble being tossed and dragged about by the wind. I wasn’t “polished after the similitude of a palace,” I was more like a rough uncut diamond trying to be a piece of fool’s gold.
The moment I CHOSE to be who God meant for me to be was the moment I went back to what I had been taught from my youth, up. Not because it was my “religion” but because it was MY choice. There’s a level of polish, strength, fortitude, wisdom, achievement that God calls his children to. Whether or not we answer the call is up to us. But I knew that my inward and outward appearance had to change. I was set apart, called to be different - in an amazing way. I was called to be strong like a corner stone… It was time for me to get on with it.
The Bible says that MANY are called but FEW are chosen. Those of us who’ve known God from our youth but didn’t GET TO KNOW HIM and WANT to serve Him until our adulthood have just as great a testimony as anyone else who may have come to Christ off the streets. He wants us to grow strong like plants and shine like palaces… It’s up to us to submit our will to His so that He can make us into the ambassadors for Him that He wants us to be. It’s not easy giving up your will for someone’s else’s. But in Christ I’m asking Him to help me more each day to do it. And each day He’s uncovering a little more of my shine. :)