Unmovable…

Unmovable can be a good thing or a bad thing.

Bad Unmovable:

  • You have a habit or an addiction that you can’t break.  No matter what you try, it hangs on.  Just when you think you’ve got it licked, it seizes control of your soul again.
  • You hold to old ways of thinking because that’s the way your parents and grandparents thought.
  • You cling to old prejudices and hates because they have been part of your soul so long they have sucked all perspective from your mind.
  • You hold onto anger, grudges, and hate because you want to make someone pay for how they hurt you.
  • You get into a routine, a groove that feels comfortable.  When the world changes or God asks you to move you say “no” because you don’t want to feel uncomfortable.
  • You decide you don’t need any help to improve your marriage, your parenting, your soul.  You say, “I can do it myself, thank you very much.”
  • You decide you can ignore God’s clear word to you to change, move, or take a next step.

Good Unmovable:

  • You know what you believe and why you believe it.  You’ve thought through not only the “what” but “where” your beliefs will take you.  So you can’t be moved by beliefs that lead you down a destructive path.
  • You do not quit loving people.  You keep seeing them the way God does.  You don’t enable them, but you do the most loving thing for them.  This includes setting boundaries with them.
  • You stick with your calling, your place of service, even when it is tough.  Paul talked about “being instant in season and out of season.”  You live your purpose when it is downhill and when it is uphill.
  • You don’t give into the frustration of the moment in relationships.  You are hang in there with your spouse and with your kids because your love for them is unmovable.
  • You stop playing comparison games with what other people have because you are secure in who Jesus made you to be and what he has given you.
  • Your sexuality is not driven from voices and forces outside your soul; rather it is guided from God’s voice inside your soul.

Questions:

  • What is “bad unmovable” that needs to move in your life?  Have you sought God’s help?  Are you willing to admit “bad unmovable” is a problem?  Are you willing to follow God’s instructions?  Are you willing to get help from God’s servants?
  • What is “good unmovable” that you need to celebrate?  Can you see the moments in your life when being rooted and grounded kept you from harm?  Are you living in the joy of a relationship that sailed through a storm and came out the other side?  When did God give you strength to be unmovable?
  • Who in your life is struggling with something that is “bad unmovable?”  How do you need to support them?  How do you need to pray for them?  What gift do they need from God?
  • Is God asking you to drive down your anchors deeper in “good unmovable” so you can be ready to face an even stronger storm that is coming?unmovable

“Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, stand firm.  Let nothing move you…”  1 Corinthians 15:58a

What Shame Does to Your Soul

What Shame does to your soul:

  • It makes you believe you are not good enough for anyone – even God – to love you.
  • It makes you believe you are not normal – no one deals with what you deal with.
  • It drives fear of being disconnected to others.
  • It wrecks your ability to make good decisions.
  • It clouds your feelings and thoughts.
  • It makes you compare your body to everyone else so you find out where you don’t measure up.
  • It causes you to wonder what everyone is really thinking about – so all your relationships are based on an elaborate game of trying to anticipate thoughts and feelings that aren’t really there.
  • It makes you susceptible to depression, bullying, and eating disorders.
  • It fuels your addictions.
  • It cause a slow death.
  • It leads you straight to hell.

So why would anyone choose to stay a prisoner of shame?  It feels familiar.  You can accept it as normal.

But shame is never what God wants for you.  Jesus came to forgive everything you’ve done that causes shame through his death on the cross and to break the power of shame through his resurrection.

You can choose his gift of grace or you can keep living the self-destructive narrative shame wants to write for you.

Don’t let shame write the ending of your story.  Let Jesus write the ending.