Earlier this week, I wrote about how I began to see myself as a victim. I blamed my loneliness in a situation on everyone else other than myself. Then, I had to pause and take responsibility for my part in it. You can read the post here.
But, as I was writing that post, I realized that I hadn’t taken any positive steps toward building a relationship with any of these women. I had the revelation but I hadn’t taken the action required. And, until I do, that feeling of being lonely or in isolation within this group is entirely on me. More than that, the longer that I go without intentionally trying to build relationships, the harder it’ll become in the long run.
If I reach out to these women and try to build relationships with them and they reject me or I still feel lonely then I can reconsider this lonely, isolated, victim mentality. But right now I’m completely responsible for this situation.
Today it hit me: each revelation is a responsibility.
What was the last revelation you had? Was it something about yourself or someone else? Something about the Kingdom or the heart of God?
No matter if you think you’re revelatory or not, we’ve all been given the revelation of who Jesus is. If you’re a Christian and believe that your relationship with God the Father is through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus who gave his perfect life in the place of your sinful one, then you’ve been given the revelation of who he is.
Now, what are you doing with it?
The beauty of this question is that the answers can be as varied as the day is long.
If you’re feeling a little shameful or guilty about how you’ve handled a revelation you’ve been given, I get it–I’m right there with you! When I realized that I was being disobedient by not building relationships with these women I felt overcome by a wave of shame. But I’ve decided that I’m going to reach out to a few of them this week and build a relationship with those who I feel I might connect with the best and see where it goes.
Lately, I’ve been learning that God is delighted when we try, even when we fall flat on our faces. He’s still cheering and throwing a party for us when we take a leap of faith or a step toward obedience even if we falter along the way. And, when we change our mindset and act upon a revelation we’ve been given, he celebrates!
Let’s take a step today and see what happens in our lives and the lives of others when we steward our revelations well!
To go Deeper: Read Trading My Victim Mentality in for a New Perspective