Question from E
Question for Spencer–in the book you state: “I learned that there truly is a return and report system in our present life, which we don’t use properly. I recommend that we get used to doing this in our daily and family prayers and in our relationships, that we practice returning and reporting. ‘This is what you asked me to do today, this is what I did, and this is what happened’–and then plead for eternal intervention in the details” (p.18). Can you explain this concept further? Like others I get easily distracted after I start my day with great intentions for moving forward in my purpose. Yet I am learning that I actually CHOOSE to get distracted out of fear (fear of failure, fear of success, fear of others mocking me, etc.). I wonder if this “return and report system” can become a cure for this weakness.
Answer to E’s question
It is my experience that this external monitoring of what others think of us, keeps us focused on self and how am I doing. We often end up taking our own pulse far too often. If we practice returning and reporting to The Father, the more He seems willing to tell me what it means, how He desires it to be. He tells me who I may touch today, what I may say or do to lift another to find strength beyond my own. He is looking for those who really want to serve Him at all costs. If we are one of those He seeks, let’s throw our hat in the ring and show him we are willing to put our behavior where our mouth is. When I am willing to make this major leap, then my focus turns away from me and how I am doing, to what I can say, how should I say it; to have another day to improve on becoming more like Jesus. Oh boy do I stumble and fall, and mess up and see my weakness. Boy do I see my inabilities and my incapacities fully before me. But through it all, when those I try and serve walk away feeling heard, understood, lifted with a smile, brighter countenance, my day is secure and my reporting is very sweet. I pray that He continues to show me how to do this better.
I read His words and try to incorporate them into my life and behaviors. When we are mocked it at least means we are still trying. We all are mocked daily. It is part of the process of being and living. If we are not being mocked that is when we need to step up to the plate and try, try again.
E. keep trying for He wants you to feel successful, full of worth and He knows you love Him. Remember He loves you, as you are now and as you were. He can see you clearly as you will become. For you are presented to him finished complete and perfect. May we all see as He sees so we will no longer be blinded by our own misconceptions.