Overcome: In 3 Easy DIY Steps – Christy Brown
A LIFE Conference 2018 Blog.
Hello my name is Christy and I’m a Pinterestaholic. Addicted and happy to be so, as I scroll through my favorite DIYs. It’s the best place to procrastinate, plan parties, weddings and funerals, and get inspired for DIY projects I’ll never do. But there’s the catch – why do so few projects never actualize? Inspiration is the easy part. Its fun to get excited, to imagine how worthwhile this project could be and how it would change my life. In reality, a project means a messy lounge, late nights and maybe fingers full of splinters (think up-cycling old pallets!)
In case you’re wondering, no, I’m not sponsored by Pinterest. I just find that my reactions to inspiration and reality are very similar in both Pinterest and church. I love the theme LIFE is focusing on this year – OVERCOME. When I first saw the promo for LIFE Conference, the hairs stood up on the back of my neck and my heart started racing, I was so excited. “Wow,” I was thinking, “just imagine if we all lived in the triumph of overcoming in Jesus’ name.” I think I caught a little glimpse of what John 16:33 actually was talking about – “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart. I have overcome the world.”
Then reality hits.
I became more aware of problems and challenges in my life, in my work and in my family that could be overcome. And I immediately realized how my friends, colleagues and relatives could do something about it. I’ve noticed people are experts at finding problems in others’ lives for them to overcome. For church or team or group to overcome. For colleagues, classmates and bosses to overcome. For siblings and parents and socially awkward relatives to overcome. But wait! I’m talking DIY, about do it yourself, not getting friends to do it! What about me? Sometimes it’s hard to see even see an opportunity to overcome in our own lives. Maybe it’s because the challenge or problem is a part of our lives and has lived with us for a while. Maybe it’s because we may have to be a bit humble and ask for help. Or maybe it’s because we know how much personal effort, discipline or courage it could take.
Maybe it’s worth it.
So now, in true Pinterest style, here’s the 3 easy DIY steps to help with the reality.
- Overcoming is not “easy” or limited to three easy steps.
It’s a bit disappointing aye. Oh well, let’s move on to step two.
- Overcoming starts with me not them
How can we divert thoughts from “look what they can be doing to help” to “what can I do?” I’m trying to make it my honest prayer every day to see things more like God sees them. It’s a simple thought, but what if we saw our lives with even a fraction of the insight, love and purpose that God does. Even if I can’t see now why it’s worth it; even if I can’t see now how it will change much of my life at all, or if there is any generational effect to be had. I know my God is with me. His Holy Spirit goes before me and He created me to lead a victorious life, not restricted by the problems this world can throw at me.
True to Pinterest, we also need to remember to recycle and upcycle other people’s experience and wisdom! If there’s nothing new under the sun, there’s bound to be someone else whose experience can help you. Maybe a group leader, pastor or your favorite teaching podcast. Yes, DIY means do it yourself, but it never means do it by yourself.
- Overcoming ends with so much more than just me.
Let me leave you with this thought from Ps Paul de Jong, “Our greatest victory is not the finish line, but rather the things we have overcome along the way.” Working to victory over a challenge is not half as much about the challenge itself, as it is about the people we influence along the way. Just think how many people’s eternities the Apostle Paul influenced throughout his life. A big part of his influence was his attitude about challenges. In Acts 20:22-24 he says, “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”
I don’t want this year to pass me by without personal change and I’m so grateful to God that he created us to be victorious and to overcome. With this in mind, would you join me in being people who not only get inspired, but follow through? People who don’t get distracted by others’ problems, but ask, “What can I do?” Let’s be people who look past self, to glimpse the amazing panoramic view that God sees.