I must admit that I was not particularly delighted with the notion of being in charge of the decorations, but thanks to the help of Pinterest and Hobby Lobby, I was feeling better about it. The longer I lingered in the isles, the more enthused my thoughts became. With each on sale and in stock item, my Pinterest idea was coming to life. A game plan was forming in my mind as well as a smile on my face! Ooh, what pretty flowers! They will make lovely arrangements and these decorative items will make cute centerpieces. Those flower balls will look great hanging from the ceiling along with a tulle canopy. Oh, I hope she will love it, that the time and effort will reflect our love for her and the joy of their upcoming marriage. Well, I think that does it for now. I am sure I will need to get a few more items next week, when they go on sale.
Wow! The cost really added up! I have never decorated for a shower before. I am sure this is a normal amount. This has been so much fun and I haven’t even started decorating yet!
Once home, carefully taking inventory of each item, my thoughts began to shift. Are you sure you didn’t go overboard? Has this idea of yours been done before? Are those ladies going to think it’s over the top? What if you spent all this money and your Pinterest fancy is a flop. What will the ladies think? And, you know there will be a lot of them there.
It wasn’t long before my smile was gone and so was my joy in the moment. I hate it when Satan uses my insecurities to turn my good intentions into fiery darts. It never fails that his best weapon is to use my own thoughts against me, making me my own worst enemy.
Satan is really good at creeping into the crevices of our minds, just waiting to ambush us. Before we realize it, he has wormed his way in, pushed the play button, and has bound us so tightly that no matter how hard we try to reach the eject button, we can’t seem to break free from the entanglement of his lies. For several days I was in bondage, feeling so low about myself and thinking I can’t ever do anything right. The week before, it was my parenting skills, now this. I was repeatedly seeing pictures in my mind of all the women I wish I was more like. In my heart, I see myself confidently fulfilling the purpose I know God created me to do, being the person I know He created me to be. However, when Satan slithers his way into my head, it hinders me from believing it.
At times, why is it so hard for us to see ourselves the way God sees us? It’s hard to put our strengths, weaknesses, talents, and spiritual gifts into the proper perspective. Hard to truly know just how loved, treasured, and beautiful we really are to the One who created us. Why? Because it’s often so easy to let Satan twist our thoughts and look to the tangible world for validation, acceptance and approval, rather than look upward to the all-knowing, powerful, and invisible God. God calls Satan the father of lies. He is the master of manipulation. He is so good at making his lies seem like truth that we are constantly in a battle over our thoughts.
God wants us to be our best, while Satan wants us to feel our worst.
God knows our potential, while Satan wants to emphasize our failures.
God points us to His grace, while Satan pinpoints our imperfections.
God wants us to be genuine, while Satan wants us to be phony.
God wants us to be set apart, while Satan wants us to get lost in the crowd.
God wants us to be transparent, while Satan wants us to wear a mask.
He wants us to think he has control, when in reality we have a choice. He tempts. Never is he in control. Only God is in control of all things. The question is, are we going to let Satan take us captive, or do we, as Paul says, take captive our thoughts and make them obedient to Christ.
When we allow Satan to warp us, instead of letting God mold us, it doesn’t just rob us of our joy, but it also steals God’s glory in our lives. He brings us down by focusing on ourselves, instead of looking up and fixing our gaze on God. Satan wants to mar the work of Christ in our lives and tear down the beauty God created.
So what’s a God girl to do? Get Scripture in her head to replace the recording of Satan’s lies. We have to replace the lies with God’s truth. Here is the verse that God gave me one morning after being in bondage long enough. He replaced all those negative, deceiving thoughts with only ONE of His.
Ephesians 2: 10
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
A masterpiece is an artist’s or craftsman’s best piece of work. Therefore, we are Christ’s best work. Wait…what? Stop and take that thought in for just a moment. You are Christ’s best work! Of all God’s beautiful and glorious creations, you are His masterpiece.
According to Gabrielle Euvino’s article What Makes an Art Masterpiece, “A master is a visionary capable of materializing his own vision, while currently expanding our own.” God is constantly expanding us and our knowledge of Him as He works to fulfil His vision for our lives. God is the master artist working non-stop to refine, sculpt, and transform us until the day of completion. Think about it. If God carefully designed a masterpiece for you to have, one, that was unique, personally tailored just for you, and very valuable, wouldn’t you treat it with the upmost care and respect? Maybe He already has given you one or more children. Would you say to them some of the negative things you tell yourself?
God wants you to handle with care His masterpiece, His most prized possession, YOU! Not only should we handle with care all that Christ gives, but we should handle with care all that in whom Christ lives. So, the next time Satan presses the play button, let it be Scripture that plays instead of the lies!