Time Out

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I need to be put in a “time out”.

Ever feel that way?

I know of at least one occasion where my grandson put himself in a “time out”.

You want to act one way, but you end up acting completely the opposite.

I find myself it situations where I want to control my tongue, but it often, too often, will get the better of me.

Why?

I’m mostly thinking of me?

I’m not thinking at all?

I’m in reaction mode?

 

I’m reading a book by Suzanne Eller titled “Come With Me”.

She gives an example of a child standing in the freezing cold. She has no hat and no mittens. Her shoes are worn out. She rings your doorbell and asks what you would do.

 

I know hands down my reaction would be to invite the child inside. I would want to get her warm and fed. I wouldn’t stand there scolding her for not being dressed properly. I wouldn’t demand to know how she came to be at my door.

My first instinct would be to bring her in out of the cold and then to work through the details.

 

And yet, when I’m in a situation (especially with someone who is not like “me”)…I tend to shoot for the facts, rather than to minister to their true need.

 

I want to be broken of this.

I don’t want to be one who “obeys”, but stews in anger over an issue.

God is after our hearts, ALL of our hearts.

He created us different and if I will slow down long enough, take a “time out” and pray and seek the heart of God for the people around me, I’m sure I’d do a better job.

 

I take such time and tender care with the plants in my yard.

I don’t yell at one for not producing or scorn another for spreading it’s roots outside of the boundaries I created for it.

How much more do I need to be gentle and caring with those around me.

I need a heart change.

I need a “time out”.

 

I find it fascinating when God changes Sarai’s name to Sarah.

First of all Sarai means contentious!

Sarah means princess!

Notice the letter that God removed in Sarai’s name.

It is the “i”.

Me, me, me, me, me.

He replaces it with the last two letters of His name Jehovah (ah).

 

I’m allowing God to give me my time out today.

I need it.

I deserve it.

He’s tender and gentle with me and He’s replacing the “I” in my name too…step by step.

He’s a step by step God.

 

Matthew 5:9

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God”

Lord, help us to be peacemakers and not peacetakers.

 

Hebrews 7:25

“Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.”

I am forever thankful that Jesus is interceding for me.

He is interceding for you!

 

Galatians 5:17

“For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.”

 

In other words…Do you need a “time out”?

 

We’re in this together!

 

 

 

 

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