The messages at my church have been so timely in the past few weeks. I feel like each message has been directed specifically to me in the place I am right now. God knows exactly what I need!
This past Sunday's sermon focused on John 13:1-17 where Jesus is washing the disciples feet. The pastor gave context for the message along with 4 very insightful traits of being a servant. The traits that he focused on were humility, boldness, obedience and joy. I was especially struck by a comment about where I'm searching for fulfillment. Am I looking for fulfillment in people that only God can provide? I started doing some self-reflection and have come to the conclusion that even if I don't realize it, I place some hefty expectations on my relationships with others. I think in some respects this is a self-defense mechanism. I've also noticed that I tend to do this subconsciously without even realizing that I've placed such expectations on people. I look to be completed by relationships when the reality is that only Christ can provide what I'm searching for in other people. Now the question is how do I live life in light of this realization? How do I live moment by moment in the presence of the Lord? How do I adjust my expectations or really let Christ lead those expectations? How do I head off the subconscious expectation of being fulfilled & completed by others? These are just some of the things I've been pondering and bringing to the Lord in prayer as I ask to be in His presence each day.