Sometimes you’ve got to put your foot down because ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! You’ve watched the craziness in your life, you’ve gone up and down like the waves being whipped by the wind, you are tired and have just had enough. It’s time to do something different and get different results.
Enough is Enough: Stop counting days as good or bad.
God calls us to take each day as it comes and count it all good in James 1 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” I challenge you to read a Proverb a day (there are 31 of them for a reason!), and let God change your perspective.
When Scott and I were in our ‘testimony gathering time‘, God used the Proverbs to show me that I could expect my prodigal spouse to be erratic and foolish with his actions and words, and that I shouldn’t be surprised. Yes, it should break my heart, but not as an offense to me, but as a continuing realization of his brokenness. Your spouse will blow up and down like the wind and waves if he/she is not anchored in the hope of Jesus Christ. You, too, will blow around and up and down with your spouse’s words and actions if you don’t remain anchored in the hope of Jesus Christ and the Word of God. Be joyful in your spouse’s best days and worst days- God is working miracles in both!
Enough is Enough: Stop walking by sight.
What you see around you is not necessarily an indication of what God is doing in your life. Anyone who watched Saul relentless persecute Christians could not have guessed the Change on Damascus Road God was lining up for him. There was no evidence of Saul’s heart softening, was there? When watching the Saul in your life, choose to sit with God through pain, trouble, disgust, frustration, heartache, disappointment and sorrow, resting in His sovereignty and letting Him catch every tear. Resting in God’s sovereignty is recognizing that no matter what it looks like, what it feels like, God is still in control, still working everything together for your God and His glory as you choose to submit to Him (Romans 8:28).
Enough is Enough: Stop letting your emotions make decisions.
Emotions are good, we know because God experiences the same emotions we do, God created us that way on purpose. He wants us to experience the fullness of what He feels- love, joy, peace, happiness, wonder, disgust, heartache, disappointment, sorrow, pain, jealousy, frustration, anger, etc. Emotions are important, they can cause us to say “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!” Let your emotions propel you into God’s Word, seeking His will, wisdom and understanding to make decisions. Do then what God calls you to do, regardless of how you feel about it. Do what God calls you to do, your emotions will follow.
Enough is Enough: Stop speaking your mind.
That’s right, who said venting is a good thing? While the culture may say it’s good to run through your laundry list of frustrations, and then apologize saying that you needed to blow off some steam, God’s Word doesn’t line up with that. In fact, Proverbs 29:11 tell us that “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.” No room for error there. But in case you need a little more persuasion, Jesus warns us about the eternal perspective in Matthew 12:36 “But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment."
Consider recent texts, emails or facebook posts you may have written and sent in the heat of your anger or frustration. Think about how you may have spewed your frustrations on someone in the heat of the moment recently. How differently could those situations look if you’d given yourself a time out with God before speaking/texting/emailing/facebooking? What if you’d stopped, put on the Word of God and sought to see your situation through God’s eyes? Instead of speaking YOUR mind, speak Christ’s mind instead. Choose words that give life.
Every day is a good day to decide enough is enough, but there is something special about choosing to leave these things in the old year as we welcome the new year.
what have you had enough of and will leave behind?
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