Lessons from a Trip to the Coast

Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member

As many of you know, I recently took a road trip to South Carolina for a few days. It has been a long time since I was on any kind of a road trip and I wasn’t sure how I would like driving that far. But I really enjoyed it. The reason for the trip was two fold. One, to visit my friend Kayla (she likes Kay, but this is my blog post) and the other was to 13902773_10206961896188974_1134276198460748855_nvisit my brother. Seeing Kay was sort of “unique” as we like to say. Kay is a 22 year old college student at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. I sort of “met” her through her sister Melody, who came to Texas and spent a couple of years with us here at the ministry. We became Facebook friends and just enjoyed talking with each other. but we had never really met. So I took advantage of the trip to stop by and meet her.

We spent most of our time in Starbucks just talking for hours. Kay is a young, bright and godly lady and I really enjoyed meeting her. At one of our visits to Starbucks I noticed that Kay started drawing on some of the napkins in the store. She made three of these all together and I snatched them up and kept them. One of them had some designs on it and also contained the following saying: “What God knows about me is more important than what others think about me.” When I read that, it reminded me of a couple of things I have been thinking about and learning in my re:generation class.

The first thing it made me think of is how much God really knows about us. Of course, He know EVERYTHING about us. There is nothing we can hide, there is no place we can hide. Actually, this is a great comfort to me, personally. If God knows me so well, I can be open and honest with Him. I can confess anything. I can come to Him when I am happy, sad, angry or bitter. He will  listen because he knows all about me and loves me anyway. Enough said.

The other thing this little saying makes me thinks about is that I need to stop worrying about what others think about me. God works with us as individuals. While we go through a lot of the same problems here on this earth, we don’t usually handle them the same way. Nor does God deal with me the same way He does someone else. He loves us individually, the way we are. What a glorious God we have!

Do you worry what others think about you? I do at times. It’s pretty common, I think. On the other hand, I look at the lives of others around me and find myself comparing myself to them, usually in a negative way. This is especially true when I look at someone as a greatly spiritual person and I compare my mediocre spiritual life and wish I measured up to them. I can tell you from experience, that is a terrible way to spend your life. I first saw Kay’s drawing, I thought of this verse, “For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding” (or, “they are not wise.” KJV) 2 Corinthians 10:12. I haven’t thought of this verse for a long time, but I think Jesus is saying, “don’t look at each other to find your value!!! Find your value by looking at Me.” God’s timing is different with everyone. Over the years, I have seen some new Christians grow almost over night. Others, like Moses, take 40 years. God works with each of us individually. The important thing is to keep growing.

May God give us the grace and courage, to come to Him with everything in our lives and to keep our eyes on Him. God bless you!!

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