Pix by Meg Haines
We live in a society where it’s deemed to be a bad thing to be “used.” We want to make sure we are not being taken advantage of, used, or manipulated. “what does that Word even mean… manipulated?
Full Definition of MANIPULATE
: to treat or operate with or as if with the hands or by mechanical means especially in a skillful manner
to manage or utilize skillfully
b : to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one’s own advantage
: to change by artful or unfair means so as to serve one’s purpose : ( from Mirriam Webster online dictionary)
Wow! i truly don’t want to be “manipulated!” But can we create a new Word here? How about “Godipulated.”
: to treat or operate with or as if with the hands or by mechanical means especially in a skillful manner. Yup, Godipulated.
That’s what I want to be, used by God in a skillful manner. I want to be used by God to be a blessing to others. I have learned so much from God, so many freeing things that i am bursting to share. I learn so much from the Women at my church, too. There was one precious soul yesterday who said the coolest thing in class. She shared how greatful she was to God for the fact that she is the happiest she has ever been in her whole life. I’d say this young lady is over 60, but not sure of her age, but she’s was older than most of us in the class and it blessed me to hear her say that. I was given a surprise birthday party by my Mom and Sister this past Friday and in one of the cards, someone wrote, “the 2nd 50 years are the hardest.” How depressing. I’d much rather go with the mindset of the woman above. When asked about her happiness she said, “O, there’s a story to the glory!” We all could tell from that. that she had been through a lot of hard stuff in her life. But look at the Glory she gives God, despite the hard times. How marvelous. We look at the picture above and see ruins, but I see a foundation, a solid stone foundation that could not be withered and rocked by the years. Some of the rest of the building is gone, but the stone remains to demonstrate the strength of the foundation.
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and [o]acts on them, [p]may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the [q]floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not [r]act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, and the [s]floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
28 [t]When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; 29 for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.” (Matthew 7:24-28)
O yes, dear God, use us up. Godipulated us to be a blessing to many each day, whether in our driving, our shopping, our working, our playing, our praying, our singing, our running, our winning. Use us to be a blessing to others, and thank you for the solid foundation of Jesus, My Rock. Because I am built on Him, I believe not that my next 50 years will be my hardest. I believe they will be my best.
There truly is a story to the Glory. What’s yours? Let God use it!