Cultivating and letting go is today’s decision

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Your scars, shine like dark stars, your wounds are where the light shines through – Switchfoot

 

The wound is where the light shines through.
 
2 Corinthians 4:6-10The Voice (VOICE)
 
The God who spoke light into existence, saying, “Let light shine from the darkness,”[a] is the very One who sets our hearts ablaze to shed light on the knowledge of God’s glory revealed in the face of Jesus, the Anointed One.
 
But this beautiful treasure is contained in us—cracked pots made of earth and clay—so that the transcendent character of this power will be clearly seen as coming from God and not from us.
 
We are cracked and chipped from our afflictions on all sides, but we are not crushed by them.
We are bewildered at times, but we do not give in to despair.
 
We are persecuted, but we have not been abandoned.
We have been knocked down, but we are not destroyed.
 
We always carry around in our bodies the reality of the brutal death and suffering of Jesus. As a result, His resurrection life rises and reveals its wondrous power in our bodies as well.
 
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If we aren’t mindful and intentional we can find ourselves living according to the mayhem that surrounds us, allowing it to shape our thoughts, our words and ultimately our actions. Before long they become habits which become our character. Friends we are IN this world but we don’t need to be OF IT. LOSE IT.
The cracks, the chips, the confusion, the persecution, being knocked down.
We are not crushed.
We are not in despair.
We are not abandoned.
We are not destroyed.
Friends these are the things we GET TO LOSE!
We have an option of letting go of those things that try to identify and label us.
We have an option of grabbing ahold of the truth that God’s word promises that even though we are standing smack dab in the middle of this chaos we find peace and purpose.
The light shines through the cracks.
Whole hearted Living Guidepost #2 Cultivating Self Compassion • Letting Go of Perfectionism
OCTOBER FOCUS: Lose IT..Whatever IT is that’s keeping you in bondage/captivity from living in your fullest freedom & original design.
Today we’re discussing Cultivating Self Compassion & Letting Go of Perfectionism.
“Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom—it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.”
‭‭James‬ ‭3:13-16‬ ‭MSG‬‬
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What does self-compassion look like for you?

{Cultivating} COMPASSION, noun

A suffering with another; painful sympathy; a sensation of sorrow excited by the distress or misfortunes of another; pity; commiseration. compassion is a mixed passion, compounded of love and sorrow; at least some portion of love generally attends the pain or regret, or is excited by it. Extreme distress of an enemy even changes enmity into at least temporary affection.

He being full of compassion forgave their iniquity. Psalms 78:38.

His father had compassion and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. Luke 15:20.

{Letting Go}  Perfection

PERFEC’TION, noun [Latin perfectio.] The state of being perfect or complete, so that nothing requisite is wanting; as perfection in an art or science; perfection in a system of morals.

1. Physical perfection is when a natural object has all its powers, faculties or qualities entire and in full vigor, and all its parts in due proportion.

2. Metaphysical or transcendental perfection is the possession of all the essential attributes or all the parts necessary to the integrity of a substance. This is absolute, where all defect is precluded, such as the perfection of God; or according to its kind, as in created things.

3. Moral perfection is the complete possession of all moral excellence, as in the Supreme Being; or the possession of such moral qualities and virtues as a thing is capable of.

4. A quality, endowment or acquirement completely excellent, or of great worth.

PERFEC’TIONIST, noun One pretending to perfection; an enthusiast in religion.

(source: websters1828.com)

Psalm 139:13The Voice (VOICE)

For You shaped me, inside and out. You knitted me together in my mother’s womb long before I took my first breath.

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After reading these definitions in comparison to knowing that God is the perfector of our faith, how does this help you live wholeheartedly?

Hope is the anthem of my soul.

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