Open Truths: Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday

Monday April 11, 2010

I hold on tightly to my stuff. After all, it’s mine, right?

My possessions. My talents. My loved ones.
Mine, mine, mine.

I sound like a two-year-old, and my grip is just as tight.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit but in humility consider others better than yourself” (Philippians 2:3).

Do NOTHING out of selfish ambition – that’s out of my own goal or purpose, right?
Do NOTHING out of vain conceit – that’s futile self-importance, isn’t it?

So I’m called to do everything out of the opposite of those. Out of humility.

And just how do I accomplish that?

With 3 Open Truths:

  • Have an open heart. A heart that’s gaping, exposed to the things of God, to what He is saying.

  • Have an open mind. I need to be open to changing my mind about my pile of stuff – and all those other things I call “mine.”

  • Have an open hand. I have to be ready to let go, to open up that fist and use whatever’s clenched there for good in someone else’s life.

May I live those three open truths today.

Linking up today with Michelle at Graceful for Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday.


Melissa said...

I love this post, Laura! It's so easy to forget that what's "mine" -- not just the things but also the people, spiritual gifts, time, and so on -- are not only given by God, but also, in reality, belong to Him.

Unknown said...

yeah. so...the open hand? hard for me. thanks for the reminders.

Anonymous said...

It is like the monkey trap - if you hold onto your treasure with a closed fist you lose your freedom. It is hard to remember somedays to lossen your grip.


What a great plumb line - open heart, open mind, open hands.


Jennifer said...

So true, but so hard for me to do!

Karen said...

Good, but tough words.

I love this quote, "I have held many things in my hands and lost them all. But that which I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess." Martin Luther

Michelle DeRusha said...

My husband and I just talked about this verse this weekend. I told him sometimes I feel like a big fat failed Christian for not living up to these verses!

Faith said...

AWESOME...i need to do this too!

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