That situation is for your growth.

You know that stinky situation you are in right now that you are trying so hard to get out of? It just might be meant for your growth.

Stop trying to get out of every stinky situation before you learn what you are meant to learn and before it changes you for the better.

Luke 13: 6-9

Then He told this parable. “ A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “’Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year and I’ll dig round it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’” NIV

(And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it. King James Bible Luke 13:8)

We are a tree in God’s vineyard to produce fruit that brings glory to Him in our lives. When God looks at your life and you are not producing fruit, Jesus comes and puts some manure on you and digs around you so that the next time God comes looking for fruit in your life He finds it. When Jesus is digging around you soil will get on you. It might get in your eyes and you might start complaining. When Jesus puts some manure on your roots, it might stink but it is for your own good.

If you are in a stinky situation right now that you cannot wait to get out of, make sure learn from it. Become a better person while in it. Produce fruit and be thankful and give your best in that situation instead of complaining about it all the time.

Maybe you don’t like your job so much and you can’t wait to get a new one. Learn how to give thanks instead of complaining all the time. Do a great job while at it and be grateful for the skills you are becoming great at every day. Learn to love and see the best in the “stinky” people you have to deal with everyday.

Do not let that stinky situation go to waste. Grow!

God bless you!

Peace and calm in difficult situations

clouds and open field with path

Are you going through a storm in your life right now? I bet you know the story about Jesus calming the storm. Personally, it’s one of my favorites. Jesus and the disciples were in a boat and a storm arose. The disciples were frantic yet Jesus was sound asleep. The disciples woke Jesus up and He spoke to the storm, “Peace be still,” and the storm calmed down. The disciples had let the storm get into them and there is no way they were going to calm the storm on the outside while a storm of frantic worry and petrifying panic was raging inside them. Jesus, on the other hand, had peace in Him. He is Peace. He affected His surroundings with what He had on the inside. The next time you feel like you are in a storm, look inside you and if you have allowed the storm to get into you, calm the storm in your heart first then you will be able to analyze the situation and know what action to take to calm the storm on the outside. Do not let the storm get into your heart and mind. Change your surroundings. Do not let your surroundings change you.

However, if you are the cause of the storm then you will not calm the storm no matter how much you speak to it and shut it out of your heart and mind. When God sent Jonah to warn the people of Nineveh of punishment unless they repented, Jonah ran away from God and bought a ticket to Spain. On the ship to Spain a storm arose and Jonah was asleep as everybody else was crying out for their dear life. When Jonah woke up he had no authority to calm the storm because although he might have been at peace (seeing as he was fast asleep just like Jesus) he was running away from God’s call over his life. Jonah was feeling a sense of peace because his flesh was comfortable. He was in his comfort zone and did not want to get uncomfortable to pursue the life he was meant to be living at that particular moment.

You might be encountering a storm in your life because like Jonah you have bought a one way ticket to “away from God’s will” land. You are not where you should be and that is why there is a storm. When you live outside God’s will, you will encounter storms that might kill you (physically, emotionally or mentally) and not walking in God’s purpose and will also affects those around you. You could keep yelling, “Peace, be still,” and the storm keeps getting worse because you are in the wrong place.

When you are in God’s will you will still encounter storms. But you have the power to calm these storms down. Just don’t allow the storm to get inside your heart and mind.

“Do not let the storm get into your heart and mind. Change your surroundings. Do not let your surroundings change you.”

God bless you!