Monthly Archives: December 2011

End or the Beginning???

With only two days left in the year 2011 I find myself recalling on all of the memorable moments that I have been in, as many people do this time of year. I could get out a piece of paper and write down a bunch of resolutions of things that I want to change in the coming years but I decided to do things different this year. For the last few weeks I have been captured by an idea, Content verses Context. It’s the idea that the hopes and dreams inside us “content” really do have validity as well as a right time or place “context” to be released.
Content:
The things that are held or included in something.
Context:
The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed.
-this could be friends, family, advisors.

If what we are carrying inside us is our content or our DNA; who we are, what we dream, and what we will be… You would think that our content would be so real to us that nothing could alter our belief in it, or even who provided it. However, we often overlook the context of that which we reveal our content.
When the environment we are in rejects the dreams, feelings, and identity inside us we are quick to write off all of the above, rather than question the validity or safety of the environment.
Why is that?
It amazes me how often we can play the part of the dreaming child or realistic adult in our relationships. Either we share our dreams and desires or our heart (our content) and it’s in the wrong context and it’s rejected. Instantly we devalue all that we have held close and start to search for what we “should” desire. As I write this I am flooded with memories of when I have shared my content and it wasn’t accepted or even times that I have not rejoiced in others desires and gifting because I did not understand it. What would happen if we became aware of our ability to provide a safe context for the content in others? We could rely on a “peace beyond our understanding” rather than placing a legalistic grid on ourselves and others. Don’t be so quick to undermine what is inside of you. As well as underestimate the security of the context you’re in.

So as the year draws to a close think about the hopes and dreams that God has placed in you, go back to the moments where those were either encouraged or discouraged and ask God to restore their value. Also, ask God to reveal those moments where others have revealed their visions and the context may have been less than accommodating. Some may discover new dreams and some may find that the time has now arrived!

So this is what I am focused on for this year: 1. For God to reveal and revamp my content so that I may be more secure in what He has placed inside me, 2.For Him to give me peace and discernment for the right context to release in, and 3. For eyes to see others content and provide encouragement for their gifts. I know that once we permission the freedom for Him to release us and others that a lot more miracles, joy, and life would start to flow from the Body of Christ…. We would start to see the change that we have desired for so long. Welcome 2012! Happy New Year!!!

Tabitha Summers | Redeeming Hope
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