There isn’t a single time when I’m listening to ‘I Love You Lord’ by Elevation Worship, when my heart doesn’t drop and my eyes don’t well up with tears. I keep trying to figure out why this song gets me so emotional. I finally have realized why. The lyrics in the bridge say, “a love that will not let me go, my soul will rest in you alone.” Another song by my church has a lyric that says, “You have always been, You will always be.” So strong and so valuable, they explain the power of consistency.
I know the thing that has hurt me the most in my relationships with people is inconsistency. We are all human. Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
It is so easy for our hearts to be completely wrapped up in people, especially when it comes to how much they care about us; our hearts can end up disappointed more than enough of the time. We can start to correlate all our value in how much attention we are receiving from the ones we love. People just don’t have what it takes to be that unshakable rock for us every single day; not a boy, father, mother, sister, best friend, coach, or teacher. They’re all human. Just like you and me, the people around us have off days as well.
So what do you do when they have an off day and you do too? If your value is placed in people, in their words and attention, you will quickly lose heart. It is disappointing when you see it’s impossible for them to please you every day. People are here one day and move away the next. Maybe you have experienced a girl being your best friend one day and hating you the next. You know how it can go.
So much comfort can be found in the One who remains the same through all the ups and downs.
In Matthew 8, Jesus is in the boat with his disciples. Jesus is asleep while his disciples are upstairs. Suddenly, a huge storm comes about and the disciples start panicking. They decide they need to go and find Jesus. They tell him to save them! Jesus responds saying, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith! Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and suddenly there was a great calm” (Matthew 8:26). It was that simple.
We all want someone who is unchanging. We want someone we know will be there tomorrow, who will be there after a fight, and won’t look at us any differently after finding out our deepest secrets. Jesus is here for the long run, and I believe that is a trait we are all longing to find somewhere from someone or something. He is it.
Allow yourself to tune in to that small voice you hear calling and longing for you. Forget about the inconsistent moments from people in your life and fully invest your heart in the One who is unchanging. Then, you can start to experience the freedom that can occur when those bad memories are left behind and replaced with the One who is steadfast.
Madi and I have enjoyed bringing her writing to you this week. In fact, we’ve gotten such positive feedback, Madi will start writing regularly here until she heads off for college. Start looking for Mondays with Madi soon!
To celebrate all of the empowering that has happened this week, today we’re giving away a copy of my book, “Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants”. I love this book as I wrote while investing in a group of Madi’s friends. They test drove the material in order to help me creative a book that truly helps young women find powerful confidence found in Jesus.
To enter this drawing for Magnetic, please share below which of Madi’s posts was your favorite. (To read previous posts, just go to www.LynnCowell.com and click on “previous” in the blue box at the bottom).
If you’re busy, just say “I’m on!”. We’ll announce the winner on Monday. Thanks for inviting those you know who also have young women who need Jesus-confidence to enjoy these posts!
You can read all the June You and Your Girl series here.