…And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves
Recently, I’ve heard more and more people use the expression, “He/She is a non-factor!” or “That/This is a non-factor!” Being the curious person I am, I asked my godsister where the expression came from. She told me it came out of the reality show, “Basketball Wives.” Again being curious, I decided to watch an episode of the show on OnDemand. Long story short, I said out loud, “CLEARLY, they are lying to themselves about these things being non-factors!” The people and things said to be “non-factors” are very real factors given that they were constantly discussed or there was always some kind of emotional response every time it/they were brought up. I continued to sit watching the show shaking my head at what I saw as foolishness when God checked me! “How dare you judge someone when you do the same thing with the so-called “non-factors” in your life!” Instantly I was convicted!
There were so many things and people I said I was done with, situations that were “non-factors” in my life; however, I was still talking about them! Every time I saw them, every time they were brought up in conversation I had an emotional response whether it was: sadness, anger, longing, self-pity or just plain ol’ attitude complete with rolled eyes and lips smacking! I realized that I had some real issues in this area. The Bible says, “…Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you, he will never let the righteous fall!” (Psalms 55:22 NIV) I realized I “said” I was done with certain things and situations but had not truly given them to God because I had no peace concerning them. I also realized that I had not moved on from certain people I “claimed” to be over and free from. God charges us to “…bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive just as the Lord forgave you, and over all these virtues put on love…” (Colossians 3:13-14 NIV)
I was holding on to them through my unforgiveness and I DEFINITELY was NOT showing them Godly love (see 1 Corinthians 13). I immediately asked God for forgiveness and asked God to help me really give ALL my cares to Him and also help me to genuinely forgive those I was holding on to. While I am still in this process [and believe me it is definitely a PROCESS], I believe God will be true to His word, “…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion…” (Philippians 1:6 NIV) Now I can speak to co-workers that I had not spoken to since we fell out last school year, without it being a struggle. I recently saw an ex-boyfriend that I thought I would never get over and there was nothing there. I even congratulated him on his marriage and truly meant it. That was a real victory for me; I truly believed that I would never get over him. HALLELUJAH!!! I can now admit that celibacy has been and continues to be a real struggle for me. I put on the façade that it was so easy for me and said something similar to a desire for sex being a non-factor in my life. This could not have been FARTHER from the truth!
God has shown and continues to show me that if I continue to surrender everything and everyone to Him, He can and will free me from things and people that do not go along with the destiny He has for me. I will then be able to say, “That/This/He/She is a NON-FACTOR in my life,” and it be the honest to goodness truth!!!
Thank You for Your conviction and Your correction. Thank You for never letting us be so comfortable that we stop striving to grow in You. Thank You for always being a loving father that not only convicts and corrects but also leads us in the right direction and remains with us as we go on our journey. We ask that You continue to show us the areas in which we need to grow. We ask that You remove anything or anyone that would hinder the perfect plan that You have for our lives. We also ask You for wisdom that we let go of the things that You want to remove and accept those things that You want us to have. We pray that You replace the people that we have had to let go with DIVINE connections who You will use to help us get to the destiny You have called us to. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Sisters I EMPOWER you today to be Honest with yourself, expose the so called “non-factors” that are FACTORS in your life and begin to take the following steps to become free from it or them:
1) PRAY – Be completely honest with God about it/them
2) Don’t seek it/them out – stop bringing it/them up in conversation, stop going on their Facebook page, unfollow them on Twitter if you have to. Remove any triggers (music, movies, pictures, etc.) that will take your thoughts to it/them.
3) Check yourself – Two wrongs don’t make a right. Speak even if they don’t. If they are talking about you, don’t respond with gossip of your own.
4) In ALL THINGS acknowledge GOD, be consistent in your prayer life, continue to study God’s word, never stop thanking and praise God for all the things he has done/doing/will do, and never stop acknowledging who He is/has been/continues to be in your life.
Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, IL. She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher. Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery. She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11 — For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”