Monthly Archives: January 2015

Expressing Honor Requires Vulnerability

 

Honor::high respect, as for worth, merit or rank. to treat with honor. esteem.

Value::relative worth, merit or importance. to consider with respect to worth, excellence, usefulness or importance. to regard or esteem highly.

 

As I take a look at these definitions, it causes me to look within.  To look at my daily actions and interactions with those placed around me and in my life.  Do I show high respect for others?  Do I treat them with excellence and voice their importance?

Herein lies my latest challenge.  Recently, this popped into my head: “a person can never hear how loved, appreciated and valued they are too much!”  It is that thought that has me digging deep and increasing my awareness.

I see that I am blessed with many wonderful people in my life.  However, I rarely tell them how important they are.  I rarely speak forth what I love about them.  Therefore, I am not empowering them.  I have begun to see that when we honor and speak of the value of one another, we are literally speaking identity to each other and it empowers to walk in more purpose and fullness of identity.  When we don’t speak, we stifle that identity and can even cause others to doubt their identity and purpose.

Furthermore, I have begun to see that speaking forth these things to people will require vulnerability.  This seems an odd thought at first, but come along with me for a moment.  If we live in a society that is dominated by the premise that in order to promote ourselves, we must belittle others…well then, if we do the opposite we are open for wounding or even attack.  If I get the boldness to say that the thing I love so much about “Polly” is her ability to show great patience with her children, and that shows the love and patience of the Father…well, that can make people uncomfortable – especially if “Polly” has been belittled in the past as being a pushover with her children. [remember, it is amazing how we as humans can take the very things that exemplify the Father, Son or Holy Spirit and break them down to seem a weakness]

As I am meditating on this, I am seeing the power behind it.  I am beginning to step out and voice those beautiful qualities around me and proclaim the value within them, I am beginning to bring honor in places that have not previously experienced that.  What an amazing privilege.  Let’s start speaking the positive and empowering truth instead of operating in the false in order to promote ourselves.

“Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless, but divine works is showing them their worth to the One who matters.” ~Criss Jami

 

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.

Crystal

 

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Resolute Obedience

[Resolution::a formal expression of opinion or intention made; the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method or procedure.  synonyms -> resolve, determination, perseverance, tenacity, strength or fortitude.]

Shortly before the beginning of 2015, God simply posed two questions.  It is from these two questions that I will live in the year 2015.

The first question was, “what are you passionate about?”  What do you have a longing for?  What is in your heart to do and experience?  Once I have the answers to this, I know that I am to live out of that.  Intentionally and resolutely obedient to that which He placed in my heart.

When the question was first posed, I immediately thought of the cultures of the world.  Since I was 16, I have had a fiery passion and interest in the nations of the world.  Once this was quickened to me, He unfolded some simple steps to live in that passion.  The first being: read the books that I have collected regarding other cultures!  So simple.  He sees that passion lying dormant in me and knows that taking steps toward it in 2015 will empower and encourage me.

The second question was, “what do you love to do, but don’t do enough?”  Now, this seems another simple question.  And, as sad as this seems, the answer that came to mind was “laugh!”  I see that in the past few years, a seriousness and stress has entered my life where joy and laughter used to reside.  God was simply saying to me::be aware of this so that you can take the steps each day that release joy/laughter instead of stress.  He is so loving that He wants me to resolve to live out of joy!

Now, these are just the questions that were posed to me and two of the answers that came.  There are many more.  I know that He is calling me to examine my heart [along with the Holy Spirit] so that there will be more answers to these questions and a more empowered way of living in 2015.

Be Blessed,

Crystal