Living Rooted in Identity: Holy Sweat

IMG_20150104_095918Today’s Reading: Philippians 2

Remember, Self, that just because your circumstances are stressful doesn’t mean you have the right to be an anxious, stressed out, irritable jerk. You do not have the right to demand that everyone around you tiptoe around you like you’re some god just waiting to smite them over any minor offense that you have decided is a matter of life and death.

Self, get over yourself. You’re an adult. Act like one. Stop waiting around for your circumstances to change, so you can feel better. Figure out how to live rightly where you are. You are made for so much more than this pitiful, temper-tantrum existence. You are a child of Almighty God. Act like it. Get low. Repent. Choose patience and gratitude and kindness even when you want to sock someone in the nose. Exert this body of yours. Do burpees. Go for a walk. Dance. Worship Him as you exercise this body He gave you.1 Surely He gave us sweat, so we can cry out through our very limbs the deep pain in our hearts as we “work out [our] salvation with fear and trembling” (Php. 2:12).

For His sake and yours, Self, remember who you really are and live it out. These stressful circumstances are just another signpost pointing to Him. They’re another opportunity for you to remember what you have forgotten and to walk in the Truth that you are new and you are His and you are never left to face this life alone.

“Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world.”
-Philippians 2:14-15, HCSB


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