Reaction or Response? – Where’s Norm?

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Where’s Norm? I tend to be more like the girl in the video that kicked off this weekend’s talk who says she didn’t particularly get along with Norm. She doesn’t miss him and is living the dream working from home, watching Netflix, and sitting by the pool. Similar to this woman, the pandemic has been more of a blessing to me than what most people have experienced.

Lead Pastor Ben likened the pandemic to what the Hebrews faced as Moses led them out of Egypt. On one side, they had the Egyptians, and the Red Sea was on the other. They were trapped with nowhere to escape.

Exodus 14:10
As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. …

Their response? They panicked!

Exodus 14:12
“Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’”

I know for me, sometimes it’s more comfortable to be in a mess, complaining about it rather than getting up and doing the work to fix it. Self-help guru Tony Robbins said, “Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.” 

When I start to feel overly stressed, I get mean. As Ben called it, being mean to those around me and being unable to stop myself is my “tell.” That’s how I  can tell the situation is getting the best of me. What’s your “tell”?

Ask yourself:

What is really bothering me?

Why am I feeling this way?

Are you a slave to opposition? Do you feel as if people want to tear you down at work or in your family? Are there obstacles that make you feel stuck? Is it COVID-19, the economy, your physical ability, the community? Are your assumptions disappointing? Are things not going the way you thought they would? Do you have fears? Are your dreams becoming nightmares?

Just stop. Be still. Pray.

Ask God to show you why this is getting the best of you? Put your focus on God. God wants you to have a life full of joy and triumph! It may require you to accept his sovereignty in all situations.

Exodus 14:13-14  
13 But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. 14 The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Where do you see God at work? What or who guides you through the daily routines and decisions that you face? What steps have you taken to know God, find freedom, discover your purpose, and make a difference?

Next Steps:
Join GrowthTrack. Sign up to be part of a Group this semester. Take time to memorize John 10:27-29.

21 Days of Prayer: Hospitals and Healthcare Workers (Day 4):
Lord Jesus, we are confident in the power of your name, so we ask you to give medical personnel the supernatural strength and wisdom needed in their battle against COVID. Protect them from physical sickness and guard their minds and hearts from fear and anxiety. Help them to see and trust you and to find peace in you. Today, we pray for their families as well. May they remain healthy and grow stronger in the days ahead. Please bless this special group of people and bless the work they are doing in our communities. Amen.

This post was written by Julie Estep. Julie loves her husband John and their combined five adult children and four grandchildren. Her favorite activities are walking their two dogs and golfing. She loves sharing her faith and is grateful for the chance to be a LIO contributor.

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  1. Amy Crofts
    Amy Crofts says:

    I LOVE this Julie! Thanks for sharing. I agree with you, I have found blessings during the pandemic and honestly do not mind working from home (which I never thought I would say). Also found out my wifi works all the way out to my pond…… 🙂

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