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I Want To Talk About Me

  • If there is therefore any exhortation in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender mercies and compassion, make my joy full, by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself; each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others. Philippians 2:1 WEB

    After owning a computer business for two decades and spending years taking care of racks of servers and equipment, someone pushed me aside to show me how to re-install a simple program on one of the computers at church. I could have written the program and coded the installer as well. There were many thoughts that ran through my head that day, sadly not a one of them was good. To put it nicely I thought something like: 'If this idio' er' these people had any idea what I know, they would not have gotten in my way and we would have been done by now.' Eventually they got the program installed, though it pained me to watch them fumble about, when I knew exactly what needed to be done.

    Later, as I was thinking this over, it made no sense for me to be bothered by this at all. It is difficult to get volunteers at church for any position that is not in the spot light. Someone stepping in to help should be appreciated, even welcomed. Now I can go sit down with my wonderful wife and enjoy the service while they fix the broken computers, but that was not what I was thinking at the time. We like to be noticed, respected, important, needed, in the spotlight. I want to talk about me, how much I know, and what I am doing. Needless to say, when the Holy Spirit revealed that part of me to myself, I had some repenting to do, and I felt like a prize idiot for thinking that way.

    God wants us to be balanced. Many of you think too little of yourself, and God wants you to know that is wrong. He loves you, delights in you, and formed you in your mother's womb (Psalms 139:13). You were no accident, but carefully planned through the centuries. If a single person in your family line had died before their time, then you would not be here today. He has carefully prepared you to live in this time and He has a plan and a purpose for your life. Do not think too little of yourself, and do not waste the time that He has given you here.

    I came up as white trailer trash, a despised step-child in abject poverty. In total, I had nine dads, three moms, and they had more temporary partners than I remember. By the time my parents were done, we had enough step-brothers and sisters to populate a small town. Somehow I was always the youngest one there and most referred to me as 'Robert's boy' or 'Carolyn's boy' with knowing looks. Many never bothered to learn my name before they were gone. I can tell you in intricate detail what an unwanted child feels like.

    God cannot use someone that will not let Him, and I really struggled with that. I felt so 'worthless' that I would resist Him, like I could never do that. Then after I came to know the Lord better, He began to build me up, so that later He could raise me up. He does not want us to look down on ourselves or our past. It is a new day and the old has passed away. He can use me, He can use you. Eventually the Lord brought me up to balance. Then I began to like my new self a lot, and then He had to bring me back down. God is faithful to bring us discipline when needed (Hebrews 12:7).

    It is so obvious looking backwards that God wanted to bring things into balance. He brings the lowly up, He brings the prideful down. At church that day He brought some more deep-rooted pride and selfish ambition to the surface. Their actions may not have been right, but I am only responsible for my actions, not theirs. Resist the temptation to always talk about yourself. Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent (Proverbs 17:28). Let others push you aside and then enjoy the free time it gave you. They can work on all the computers in the world now (except mine), and I would happily let them.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please bring my life and my view of myself into proper balance. Help me be grounded and stable in You, neither too high nor too low. Give me a clear vision of what You have for me and help me live my life here to the fullest and in Your presence. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (2 Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen .......
March 11, 2020
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen! Hallelujah.... Praise the Lord!
March 12, 2020
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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklinedited: March 11, 2020

Love this! Pastor Dion is the real deal! When I was feeling discouraged and forgotten about, he encouraged me and built my faith. When the one thing in the world I had been praying for (for 18 years)  seemed elusive and out of reach, he gave me a Word that He sensed God had someone just for me "around the corner". I held onto that word tightly. Within a year or so, I met my now husband. He is a Bishop at a small church. God is awesome and He uses Pastor Dion mightily. Thank you, Pastor Dion, for always being humble and obedient. You are absolutely well balanced and I aspire to be like you. 

March 11, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen 

March 11, 2020
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen

March 11, 2020
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father

March 11, 2020
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen. Pastor what a lesson today. Thank you for I needed this. 

March 11, 2020
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

March 11, 2020
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen.  Letting the Lord into my life taught me to love myself like He does. Letting go of negative people helped too!! Amen. 

March 11, 2020
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen Father I hear you thank you!

March 11, 2020
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

In God's perfect timing, you share the valuable wisdom fitted for this day! Thank you, Pastor Dion, for your faithfulness. Lord  bring my life and my view of myself into proper balance. Help me be grounded and stable in You. Give me a clear vision for this day. Thank you, Lord. Amen

March 11, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,God bless you Cathy

March 11, 2020
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Oh God help my situation please. In the name of Jesus Praise God Amen 

March 11, 2020
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

March 11, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus,help us to live our lives to the fullest for your glory.We thank you for all our blessings.We love and worship you. Amen 

March 11, 2020
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

March 11, 2020
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Great  devotional  love it it hit me  to really think  about  my life  praise God    amen 

March 11, 2020
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Please keep me in balance Father, Amen!

March 11, 2020
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen 

March 11, 2020
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I humbly ask You to bring a clear balance into my life, to see the world through Your eyes and do what You are molding me for. I need You and trust in Your designs. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. Be my guide oh Lord. 

Awesome message to follow Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia. 

March 11, 2020
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! More and more of You, dear Lord, and less and less of me! Let my life so shine before others that they see You, Only You! Please remove my selfishness and pride, and help me to be humble, in the holy name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

March 11, 2020
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen, less of me...more of  you.

March 11, 2020
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

March 11, 2020
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

March 13, 2020
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

AMEN

April 8, 2020