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Building Your Life On The Rock

Hope Moquin

How beautiful is it that the God of the universe cares about us so much that he would take the time to intervene and prompt us to do something or more importantly, to not to something. Think about it. The God who breathed life into every lung, the God who is the creator of all things, the God who we know as Lord and as friend — if He takes the time to get our attention about something, it MUST be because He has a purpose in it.

People don’t fall back into their old ways because they are bad people. A lot of people fall back into their old ways because they knocked a door that the Lord specifically shut. They kept pushing and pushing and eventually their own human hands opened back up the door that was shut to protect them. I’ve said it before, but I don’t personally believe there are “bad” people. Sure, we were all born into a sinful world therefore we are inherently human. But, I’m talking about the people who are lost. The people who are caught up in cycles and mistakes. They aren’t bad people. They are people who don’t have a clear vision for their life. When you have a vision, you don’t want to keep running back. Yeah it hurts sometimes, but you want to keep running forward.

I know, here I am sounding whack again. I feel like I have such a different view than what is cheered for. But stick with me.

No one wakes up and decides, “Hey, I’m going to be a drug addict one day.”

No one wakes up and decides, “Hey, I really want to get sucked back into my toxic relationship.”

No one wakes up and decides, “Hey, I think I’m going to go too far sexually with that person today.”

No one wakes up and decides, “Hey, I’m going to have one drink tonight and I’ll be fine even though I use to struggle with it.”

No one wakes up and decides, “Hey, I’m going to let this person back in my life and it’s going to be fine.”

You better believe that I did not wake up and decide that I wanted to end up in the backseat of a cop car at fourteen.

People don’t dream about being caught up in something that is killing their soul. But people end up in things like that because they didn’t know where they were going to begin with. OR people end up in things like that because they knew exactly where they were going and they didn’t set up the necessary boundaries to keep them on the right track to get there. When we know our vision of where we are going, it makes it a lot easier to make decisions. When we care about what God is doing more than what our flesh wants to be doing, it makes sense to say no to settling. When we care about who God is shaping us to be, it’s easier to shut down anything that may hinder that.

When we begin to care about what God is doing — we begin to care about what we are doing.

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to run full speed ahead of God and tell Him to catch up with me. I want to sit back with Him and let Him show me what lines I need to draw to keep me in place. And I don’t want to step over those lines unless He takes my hands and walks with me over them. I wish someone would have told me this at a young age. My fourteen year old heart NEEDED to be educated on healthy boundaries. In this time, I thought I was completed by this boy and I knew my parents were going to separate us. Which meant I was being stripped of the only thing I knew to identify with. And I was right. Looking back, I can’t blame them. What would you do if your fourteen year old daughter pulled a stunt like that? You just try to do the right thing.

But sometimes even the right thing doesn’t heal. For me, it broke me. But praise God it broke me. Praise God we have experienced things that have completely shattered our souls. Praise God everything we were has been entirely broken in half before. Why would you say that, Hope? Because. When everything we are is shattered we then have all the room in the world for the Lord to build us back up in everything who He is. There’s no room for shaky foundations anymore because we are built on the rock.

On this night I remember shamefully walking downstairs and laying in my bed for days. I hated what I did, but I hated the fact that they separated us more than what I had done. And friend, let me tell you that it is a dangerous place for us to be in when we become angry over the outcome from our own decisions more than we become angry from our sin that got us there in the first place. God cannot operate and move in our hearts when we are angry we got caught rather than broken that we messed up.

Peter and Judas both denied Jesus. Judas wept because he got caught. Peter wept because he messed up. Judas wept because he regretted his actions. Peter wept because he wanted to repent. Two men, two similar situations, two different outcomes.

REFLECTION

I. Has there ever been a relationship or friendship in your life that your family and friends tried to warn you about? If yes, how did you respond to their concern? What did you learn from it?

II. Have you ever participated in something that you knew you shouldn’t have? What were the repercussions? How could you have avoided that outcome?

III. What does a boundary mean to you? What boundaries don’t you have set that you need to have set?

IV. Has there been a person or habit in your life that you believed was making you feel complete, but now looking back, you see that you never were actually complete like you thought? How has that effected you today? How can you learn from this?

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