E – Eagerness
I almost called it earnestness. Either way, energy to emerge entirely empty engages eagerness or earnestness. Ok, I got a bit carried away with the E thing.
I remember a time when I was a kid and I just wanted to be mad. I was hurt and wanted everyone to know it. I gave so much energy to the situation. I kept repeating myself to anyone that would listen. I thought if I said it enough I would start to feel better – venting is what we sometimes call it. But, in the end, I was madder than when I started. Playing over and over again in our head the things that were said only causes us to remember the details. It's kind of like how I wrote that sentence with all “e” words. It is annoying and sometimes silly when we make our point over and over. But, I do think that if we want to be “entirely empty” of our anger, frustration or hurt in an effort to be completely healed, we need to spend all our “energy” which means being “eager” to do it and keep at it (“earnestness”).
We can use our eagerness for good things – I did a simple search to find out what God wants us to be eager about.
2 Chronicles 15:15 says, “They sought God eagerly, and he was found by them. So the LORD gave them rest on every side.”
2 Cor 8:11 “Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.”
2 Peter 1:10-11 “Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
If we take the same energy we use to be mad and use it for seeking God, the scripture says we will find rest! We will find Him. That is a promise! If we are eager about finishing the work God has called us to do we will complete it.
If you read 2 Peter 1:1-9 you can see that we are called to continue to grow. If we are eager to purify our hearts and do those things we will succeed! Oh how the prize of finding God and spending eternity celebrating the work He has done is worth eagerly seeking healing.
You know the great thing about being eager for good as God describes it? We can't pursue His ways and still be bitter. Once we earnestly seek Him the negative stuff seems to fade away … but it starts with our hearts and minds. Just be eager to do it!
Col 3:1-3 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
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