Keeping it Real: {Is Realistic Really True?}

Pastor Steven Furtick wrote...“I tend to be one of those people who takes great pride in calling it like I see it. I say things like, ‘I’m not being grumpy or negative or pessimistic. I’m just keeping it real.’ …so what if, instead of calling it like we see it, we begin to call it like God says it?” - Crash the Chatterbox

I could have written that…at least the first half. And the second half of this paragraph hit me full force.

“What if, instead of calling it like we see it, we begin to call it like God says it?”

Yes. Yes. Yes. What if we stopped preaching doom and gloom? What if we stopped calling it all stress and crazy? What if we stopped labeling life as too much and too hard and too busy and too exhausting and too difficult?

Because God says that He’ll never give us too much. Because God says that this life will be hard, but not too hard.

And it may seem like just words, but words are powerful.

"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God and words have the power of God in them. Words have the power to literally breathe life — to literally reshape the atoms of real lives." - Ann Voskamp

Words have the power of life and death. Words have the power to heal or destroy.

And if you’re speaking stress all you will see is stress and all you will create is stress. And if you’re speaking grace you will be see grace and live grace and produce grace. And if you’re speaking anxious you will feel anxious and be anxious and create anxious all around you. And if you’re speaking praise you will feel joy and thanks and you’ll see the good hand of God working in every area of your life...because God is working. Because God is good. Because God is always there.

And the truth is….God is giving you good. And the truth is….God is working in your life. And the truth is….God is maturing and growing you. And the truth is….God is give you grace and more grace. And the truth is….God is looking at you with a smile of joy. And the truth is….God is planning something far bigger than you can see. And the truth is….God is pouring out daily blessings all around you whether you see them or not.

And what is true is what is really realistic.

And if you’re speaking the truth of God’s Word then you will see and believe the truth of God’s Word, but if you are speaking the lies of pessimism then they are all you will see.

Pessimism is a lie. Because even in the darkest place God is there and God is good and God is with you and God is holding you and God is working in you and God is blessing you and God is healing you and God is guiding you and God is preparing you for eternity with Him.

“What if, instead of calling it like we see it, we begin to call it like God says it?”

Be blessed <3