Guest Post from Matt Konow of Cross Connections Counseling
Have you ever been in a hurry and told somebody, “Get out of the way!”? Ever had that told to you? I am sure we all have at some point or another
No matter what type of activities we are engaged in, it is our intent that matters most. We are provided daily with opportunities to be intentional: with our time, with our treasures, with our talents. But what about our hearts? Our souls and minds? Are we intentional with these as well? In Mark 12, Jesus is questioned extensively by the chief priests and the teachers of the law in an effort to trap him. One of the teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Jesus told him the most important was “Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”. Jesus then went on to tell him the second most important was “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” There have been times in my life that I haven’t done these, and I am sure it is the same for you. I have felt great frustration because I don’t have enough time. I have felt great frustration when not making as much money as I would have liked this past year. I have felt great frustration when I haven’t done my best work, but it was all I had to give at that moment. Do any of these sound familiar? These are all natural things born of our fallen world. Even if we have great INTENT, if we don’t have a sound starting point can we truly be satisfied?
Now that I have shared frustration, let me share some hope and peace. Even more so than any frustration I have described to you, when I start with God and His promises to me through His Son, I have peace. When I intentionally study His Word, spend time with Him in prayer, and just GET OUT OF HIS WAY….only then have I found peace. This peace is critical in being an effective witness for Him. This peace is what allows me to reach for love, when I want to reach for anger. This peace allows me to share His Gospel with somebody who is hurting and doesn’t know Jesus. This peace…it really does go beyond my small understanding.
So have hope, Friend. God promises us in Isaiah 55: 10-11, “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Tell His story, share His love, and let His peace fill up your hearts, minds, and souls…..