“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
John 3:30 KJV
If the truth were to be told, I’ve been staring at this cup that a precious friend gave me, every single morning that I have coffee in it, with disdain.
Why, you might ask? It’s such a pretty cup. It’s got a great cool font. It’s handmade ceramic. The handle doesn’t get hot in the microwave, which is a huge deal because if you know me, you know I literally warm my second cup of coffee up at least 10 times before finish it and the best part… it holds a ton of coffee!! So why every morning when it sits on my table do I look at it and sigh? Well, I guess it’s because I feel anything but blessed and all I see when I look at it is “LESS.”
Yes, poor me. Me, the one that knows to go off fact, not feelings. Me, the one who is supposed to encourage others to shift their perspective to see the positive side of everything instead of the negative. Me, the one who knows my circumstances don’t define who I am. Me, the one who when asked “How are you today,” ALWAYS answers a resounding… I AM BLESSED!
Jesus. Man, if it weren’t for Jesus.
So here I am this morning, sitting in my prayer chair having my morning coffee, when I set the cup down on my side table and start to turn it around so I don’t see the word (some encourager, right?) when the word literally leaped out at me in huge letters that said…..BE- LESS -ED.
What?? Be less??? Then ever so softly I hear the Spirit whisper, “Be less every day.” Dang. There it was. Just a simple shift of focus gave me a new perspective and a new meaning for being blessed.
John 3:30, “He must increase, I must DECREASE.” Decrease!!! Be less!!!
Man, I could kick myself sometimes. The stinking enemy of my soul has been trying for months, (years actually) to convince me through a string of terrible circumstances, that I am not enough. Not good enough. Not strong enough. Not able to do anything right. And not able to rise above my circumstances. Well,of course I couldn’t! All I was doing was dwelling on my feelings and allowing my self to be filled with lies! What was I thinking??? Everyone knows the way up is down! The more I ate the lies, the less room I had for the Truth.
“He must increase, I must decrease.”
The Truth brings the Light. The Light exposes the lies. The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness can not overcome it.” (John 1:5) When the darkness is gone, there’s more room for the Truth.
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Luke 1:45
The Truth is….I am blessed.