This is a term we are all familiar with. (Unless you live in a cave somewhere.)
These are the rules that we have to agree to so we can use specific devices or software like our phones or social media. Every once in a while, it seems more often than not, these rules are updated, and we have to agree with them.
The updated terms never benefit us, the consumer. They are usually the result of some loophole that was found by the company, and they want to protect themselves. We hardly ever read them, and have no idea what we agree to. (The companies count on that, we could be signing the rights of our organs away for all we know.)
I had a funny thought about this the other day. The Bible is God’s “terms of service.”
It is God telling us, this is who I am, this is what I do, and this is what you need to do to connect with Me. (He does more for us than we do for Him BTW)
But His terms never change. He never updates them to change what He is willing to do or who He is willing to love. They just are. Always. Never changing. Perfect.
And they are there for our benefit, not His. The Bible is not an exhaustive list of what God is willing to do or be until He changes His mind and then changes the terms.
He is always the same. His word never changes. He never changes.
It’s time to shake off that old thing that’s been holding on for so long that you feel as if it has become part of your body.
Maybe it’s a failure, a heartbreak, or something you wish you had said but didn’t or never had the chance.
Whatever it is, whatever has anchored you to your past, leaving you unable to move forward into freedom or destiny, maybe it’s time to leave it.
Maybe it’s time to let it go.
Remember, “You don’t drown by falling in the water, you drown by staying there.”
Has God put something in your heart to do? Then do it! Why are you waiting to start?
“Don’t think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment… Travel light.”
Matt. 10:9–10 (MSG)
Find one or two people that you know could use a friend and give them your time, your love, and most importantly your sincerity.
Be yourself. Quit comparing yourself to others. Just STOP. You are UNIQUE. You are RARE. You are SPECIAL. THERE IS, NEVER WAS AND NEVER WILL BE ANYONE LIKE YOU. God has a plan and a purpose for you. And His plan for this world has a job that NO ONE can do except YOU!
Quit focusing on what others ARE doing and what you’re NOT doing. Start focusing on what God IS doing.
Relax. Take it easy. Slow down. Wait.
If you’ve been struggling with comparing yourself to others, or trusting that God has a plan for you, why don’t you pray this simple prayer right now:
Father, I love you. I only want what you want for me. Guide my every step down the path You have for me. Pour Your peace over me as I learn to trust in you completely. Amen.
“Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated to you; and then use us, we pray, as you will, and always to your glory and welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.”
A very dangerous prayer from ‘The Book of Common Prayer.’ Be careful not to take it to heart, unless you’re ready for the consequences. A life exactly like you’ve just prayed.