How can I tell when

I’m Jesus-dependent? (curious/expectant to see what Jesus does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances)  When I’m all alone and SMILING.  Litmus-paper test.  I never smile when I’m all alone and feeling in charge of my life — UP TO DAVE.   I’m focused, intense, agendafied.  So now that the Spirit has opened my eyes to see this connection, I notice that when I’m NOT smiling, and then smile — maybe just barely upturned corners of my mouth, that I’m reminded I’m not alone, not in charge, and that helps me be curious/expectant to see what Jesus does NEXT, in me, others, circumstances.   Sovereignty-awareness.   Ahhh.

And the Spirit’s been opening my eyes to see that it’s impossible to analyze/judge others, so as to feel superior to them, when I’m smiling as I look at them, on TV, online, in real life.  When I’m smiling, I’m enjoying everyone just as we are, and everything just as it is.  Observing the genius plan of SovereignShepherdJesus.  Not a competitive bone in my body.  Smiling at others as He smiles at me.  Ahhh.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, baby steppin in Jesus-dependency, sometimes, as the Spirit works

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