Carried Away

26 04 2012
Carried Away

Carried Away

Ever hear the phrase “Don’t get carried away?”

Lately, the idea of someone being ‘carried away’ has been a recurring theme during counseling sessions. It’s almost of epidemic proportions; striking people in their 30’s and even their 60’s. Perhaps the state of being ‘carried away’ is happening in your life too. Let’s look at that for a moment:

Being a ‘Boomer’ (thank-you-very-much), we used to call people who easily get ‘carried away,’ with wild schemes, dreams, and imaginations; those that chased after rainbows, but were seldom on time for work or a promised meet-up… we called them: “Shaky and/or Flakey.” My personal preference was to utilize the adjective, Shaky.

These were the folks that earnestly assured us: “Soon as I hit the Lotto, I’m going to get my guitar out of hock (pawn shop) and get the band back together!” In our teens and early 20’s we sat on the sidelines nodding and responding with, “okay, that’ll be cool,” while we shuffled off to cram for exams, or to work the next day, or to do a load of laundry. Time marched on and we did the mundane, unglamorous tasks; we settled in to make sock puppets for the kids, joined the PTA or a local Church for the benefit of our families. We became “Square” just like most of our parents (EeeK!).

Its’ natural to stop and take stock of the direction of life (on planet earth) as you slide into middle years (30’s, 40’s). Sadly, many people who got carried away in youth become anxious and make drastic decisions that essentially blame someone (other than themselves) for the sum total of their lives up until now: It’s my Father/Mother’s fault; I married the wrong woman/man; I picked the wrong profession; the wrong place to live; or the wrong car, etc.

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones (m’Boy!) sang: “I can’t git no… Sa-tiz-fac-shun’….But I try and I try, and I try, and I try… but I can’t git no… No, no, no… hey, hey, hey… that’s what I say…!”

By the way: This type of thinking is the root cause of sickness. It opens the door of invitation to sickness and disease (Dis-Ease, Dis-satisfied). Dissatisfaction is a destructive force, a powerful weapon that Satan uses to fulfill his mandate, which is ALWAYS to: Kill, steal and destroy.

How many famous people have had all the money, fame, and privileges in their lives, only to be found anguished, tortured and empty at the end of their days? They had all the trappings of success, but only God can give ‘good’ success; any other kind is simply an empty shell; a lie.

But I try and I try…” Okay, perhaps that’s the problem right there; stop trying. That is correct: Stop Trying! Puleeze people; give it a rest, why don’cha? You see, ‘Shaky’ has a new plan-per-minute and they all involve running to and fro; becoming carried away captive by one thing or person after another as the new ‘big answer’ to all their ‘Shaky’ problems. When that doesn’t work; they drop it and run to the next ‘Shaky’ plan, situation or partner.

Being ‘Shaky’ afflicts more people than we’d imagine. Sometimes, it just takes longer to see the results of a ‘Shaky’ outlook and lifestyle if the person is wealthy: in money and in friends. This was the main situation in the Bible story about The Prodigal Son. Luke 15:11-32

What God’s word says about being ‘Shaky’

A little sleep, a little slumber; a little folding of the hands to sleep and so shall your poverty creep up upon you and overtake you. Proverbs 24:33

Look to the ant you sluggard… Proverbs 6:6

A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. James 1:8 (The purest definition of ‘Shaky’).

Sin crouches at the door. Genesis 4:6-7

Folly (Foolishness) calls to you from the doorway like a wanton woman, beckoning you to come in for a while. Proverbs 9: 13-14

What God’s word says about Steadfastness

“Be anxious for nothing (no thing), but by prayer, and supplication (earnest pleading) with thanksgiving, make your requests known unto GOD and the peace of God which passes ALL understanding will keep your heart (guard your heart) and mind (guard your mind) in Christ Jesus (as a safe deposit).” Philippians 4:6-7 (in context read: Phil. 4: 4-8)

“…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord…”Joshua 24:15 {Joshua stood up to the ‘Shaky’ folks surrounding him. In fact, Joshua had spent forty years dealing with a bunch of knuckle-heads who threw Moses and God under-the-bus at every wind of challenge and temptation}. The book of Joshua is highly recommended reading.

Obtaining Steadfastness through Christ

“Cast all of your care upon Him, because He cares for you…” I Peter 5:7

“If your heart is single, than your eye (what you focus upon) will be single…” (Setting our hearts desire upon whatever our Heavenly Father wants for us) Matthew 6:22 and Luke 11:34

“I know my heart and plans for you. My plans for you are not evil, but good, to give you a future and a hope…” Jeremiah 29:11

Still not sure what God wants for your life? Just ask Him. Take off your ‘Shaky’ running shoes, sit down, get quiet before Him; ask Him and wait for the answer. You may as well wait; since without His direction for your life, you won’t have ‘good’ success anyway.

Jesus speaks to our ‘Shaky’ little hearts: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.”  Rev. 3:20

AMEN.      Be Blessed!


26 12 2011
Miss Janet Jackson

What Have You Done For Me Lately?

“What Have You Done For Me Lately?” Miss Jackson made that question the most popular one posed to date through her hit album Rhythm Nation, with the assist of writer/producer dynamic duo: Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Grammy awards were given out in plenty.

How can we give the Lord a Grammy for what He does for us every minute of every day? The answer: Praise. That’s right, Praise Him; give thanks to Him and for Him; for He is good, and His mercy endures forever! That’s what we read in Psalm 136:1 and Psalm 107:1. Here is just a small example how Praising God worked out in a very big way: My Uncle is 84, a retired Barber, a left-side stroke victim, and newly diagnosed cancer patient who along with my Aunt, a retired nurse with many years of deep muscle and bone damage (lifting heavy patients for 35 years); both on a tight fixed income; called me to ask for prayer: Their old car had just died, leaving them with many doctor appointments and no means of transportation in the suburbs of New Jersey.

By phone in Tennessee, I began to pray right then and there. The Holy Spirit lifted that prayer, having me to speak out the power and love of God, the words of promise and comfort of help found only in the word of God. When we concluded that prayer, we all felt lifted, encouraged and at peace; although nothing on the outside had changed (the car was still dead and they still did not have any money –me either). However, there was a big change for us all; deep down on the inside. We were renewed in our faith. I encouraged them to do what the word tells us in Psalm 150-“Praise ye the Lord.”

I asked them both to speak only blessings and positive pronouncements over their situations: “Say what you DO want to happen; and not the opposite.” We can read all about faith in the whole book of James. It’s all about faith and those who ‘walk by faith and not by sight.’ II Corinthians 5:7

Back to my Uncle and Aunt: Within days, men and women came to them saying they just had a ‘feeling’ that they should get in touch with them. The result: They missed very few doctor appointments. Then someone suggested a lady in car sales. This lovely woman was moved to compassion; took their old dead car in trade; sold them a lightly used car and even picked them up from their home to come to the dealership and sign the papers. The car is better than they could have ever afforded and has all the bells and whistles; a sunroof; keyless lock entry and great gas mileage. It’s a ‘hot’ little car and just right for zipping them around town. They were ecstatic. See Ephesians 3:20 about “More than you could ask or imagine.” That’s just how our God does what He does—all the time.

Then, the American Cancer Society ‘just happened’ to mail them a food voucher for $300.00. Finally, my Uncles’ estranged son showed up with a Christmas card with a crisp $100 dollar bill inside. This was his first visit to his Father’s home in over eight years. Prayer changes things. So, “What has He done for me lately?” God is worthy of our praise even if He never did another thing for us. HE paid it all on the cross of Calvary. All we need do is receive it by Faith. Don’t we just love how He loves us? Hallelujah! Be Blessed. Contact Lighthouse Ministries for prayer and counseling.

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