“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8
It’s a trap to think we know what other people are thinking, I don’t think I’m the only one who falls into it. You get to know someone so well and then you think you automatically know what they are thinking. You are basically answering for them in your head, truth is-we never truly know exactly how someone is thinking or feeling. I go through this process with my husband sometimes, he might be having an off day so I immediately think it has something to do with me. Then, I dissect everything that has been done and said trying to figure it out. Then, I start putting my thoughts in place of what I’m sure he is thinking. I have gone through this for weeks at a time, do you have any idea how exhausting it is. Thinking for someone else has never been something that is required of me. It kind of makes me mad at him because I think he is mad at me. Ok, so now that I have convinced you that I’m a bit crazy I will go on. 😉
I am just being real, that previous scenario causes me to be someone who I am not supposed to be. For one, the only thoughts that I should be concerned with our the thoughts and the ways that Jesus sees me. The main goal everyday is to be a light in the darkness, I am realizing that I used to try to light up everywhere except my own home. I just expected it to fall into place. I’ve been given the opportunity to regroup and get a second shot at that. I am focusing on raising up leaders, I am starting to see that this life is not really about me. It’s about who I am raising to contribute to this world. I want my boys to be confident in who God wants them to be. I don’t want them wasting time dissecting what others think about them, I want them to be kingdom focused. Therefore, I need to be kingdom focused; being confident in who God wants me to be. Not worrying about how I’m perceived by others. Only, how I am perceived by God.
Which brings me to today’s verse, our thoughts are not God’s thoughts. He delights in us, he thinks we are marvelous creatures. Obviously, he created us, right? Is that what you think when you think of how God perceives you, or do you think of all of the ways that you fall short? Because, that is just another trap. If you are genuine and putting your best foot forward then He sees that. He delights in that.
We are all going to fall short at some point in our lives, we don’t need to let it be what consumes our every thought. Get back up and give it another go, today may not be perfect but we get the greatest gift…another chance tomorrow…
We simply can’t know all God is thinking or has in store for us, that is part of the hidden treasure he has for us. Are you pursuing that treasure, do you take advantage of your freedom to worship and own a bible? God wants to equip us all to further His kingdom on earth, he is patiently waiting. The treasure is ours for the taking. If you knew there was a pot of gold buried in your back yard, would you go dig it up? I think most of us would say yes. Our relationship with Christ is just the same, he has so much in store for each of us. We have to be willing to put forth the effort. Are you ready to start digging?
I hope you are encouraged today to just simply be the best you can be. Don’t be concerned with things that are not moving and growing you forward. Accept you don’t know everything and learn from God. Don’t waste time thinking you know what your parents, your spouse, your kids, your co-workers, whoever think of you-It is not really your concern, that is theirs. We should be looking up, concerning ourselves with what concerns our heavenly father. Don’t let others thoughts of you form you into something that you were never created to be.