I put out the request on twitter, asking for topics you wanted me to write about.  My friend Hoss ask for “acceptance”.  Here you go, sister!

When I first read her tweet, I felt a sinking pit in the bottom of my gut.  Acceptance, “oh great”, I thought, “what now”?  “Is there a reason I need to write about acceptance?”  “Am I going to have to accept some terrible circumstance?”  “Did, Hoss send me that topic because God is trying to tell me something?”  Yes, I know, not everyone goes into the downward spiral upon hearing a word, but there you have it.  My mind need a daily reprieve and the truth of God’s love constantly!

I sat with my sinking feeling for a few moments.  Then, in the way I hear God, I heard, “acceptance of good things, of great things.  Acceptance of the truth, that you are okay, nothing is wrong with you.  Acceptance of the promise, in Christ you are a new creature, in perfect Love, you don’t have to be afraid.  Yes, Tyler, acceptance.”

I recalled Marianne Williamson’s brilliant message:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

 

God is not asking me to accept something bad, but He is calling me to great abundance, blessing, and freedom.  When we have experienced traumas, of any nature, a part of our mind trains itself to be ready for the worst.  We prepare for wreckage, disaster.  It is the way we attempt to keep ourselves safe, to combat our shame, because deep down we are terribly afraid.

Abundance can feel out of control.  Greatness can feel too big.  Peace can be hard to rest in if we have told ourselves to be vigilant.  The world teaches us to be afraid, to be very afraid.  Even the weather forecast on the evening news comes across as though they are predicting an outbreak…… of sun.

Today I challenge us all to ACCEPTANCE.  Life is beautiful.  God is actually good and all good things come from Him.  Love is real and available.  Most important of all:  2 Cor. 5:17 ” Therefore, if any person is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away.  Behold, the fresh and new has come!”

 

—– Tyler Hayes

—– sending you love wherever you are in the world