Sunday, November 21, 2010

There's Gotta Be Something More

Ever have an emotional week?  One that just leaves you feeling powerless and drained?  This week was filled with topsy-turvy emotion that literally left me bewildered.

During these times, I never doubt that God is with me.  And I know He has done so much for me.  But I found myself saying several times to myself, "there's gotta be something more."

It is because God has done so much for me that I ask this question.  I don't feel like my life demonstrates all that He has done.  I doubt anyone looking at the messy failings and brokenness of my life would see much of what God has to provide.  There just has to be more.

I'm not talking about things.  I don't mean trips, money, success or fame.  I just don't feel my life is the testimony it should be, even though I have had some pretty dark days that God has helped me through.

And can you believe it?  After this week, I go to church and the title of the sermon?  SOMETHING MORE.  (Hey God, guess you got tired of listening to me all week?)

Throughout the sermon, I kept thinking the words to this song:

Jesus is the answer for the world today.
Above Him there's no other
Jesus, is the way!

No matter what our confusion or question, He is the answer.

Then the speaker said, "Be thankful for what you have.  Whatever you have plus God is more than enough."

And then the speaker said something that I felt was right at me:  "Someone here today has been disqualifying themselves long enough."

Wow.  That hit me in the gut.  I cannot tell you how long a voice inside has repeated over and over destructive comments to me.  How unworthy, how ugly, how bad, how old, how broken, how fat, how unloveable.....I need to overcome this and get back in the game.

There is a country song that has been my theme song this week:

There's gotta be something more
Gotta be more than this
I need a little less hard time
I need a little more bliss
I'm gonna take my chances
Taking any chance I might
Find what I'm looking for
There's gotta be something more

As I look back over the sermon notes, I reread the title of the sermon.  It is actually RELEASING Something More.  It says thankfulness RELEASES us into something more.  Being thankful for what you have releases what you need and changes your perspective.

So what a great week to look back over the times in our lives when God was there.  Take note of the way He answered your need.  That same God is with us today to release "MORE" into our lives.

Whatever you hold in your hand is enough with God.
Thankfulness releases us into something "MORE".
We must stay connected to Him.

Dear God,  I continue to shortchange Your impact on my life.  I let the circumstances raise doubts and questions and I try to handle everything by myself.  Show  me again, where you brought me from and where I could have been.  Help me to be grateful for every day, every minute, and to always, always look to You for the anwers.  Amen.