Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My Misplaced "I"

The other day I was busily typing away; my fingers flying across my keyboard in a meager attempt to keep up with my runaway thoughts. As new words and sentences appeared on my screen, I suddenly realized I had made a typo. A HUGE TYPO! A typo that would have gone unnoticed by spellcheck, but not by anyone reading the finished product! This typo changed everything! Isn't it amazing how one simple letter, when placed in the wrong position, can change the entire meaning of a word?

As I sat there looking at this new word I had typed by mistake, God began to speak to my heart. I soon discovered myself shaking my head and smiling. God is so amazing. I never cease to be amazed at the way He goes to any length to mold me and shape me and make me more like Him. I have a feeling He was smiling right along with me.

Untied. This is the word I found myself looking at.

Untied: to loose or unfasten (anything tied); let or set loose by undoing a knot.

I certainly had not intended to type THIS word and to convey THIS meaning. Quite the opposite, in fact.

United. This is the word I had meant to type.

United: to become joined together or combined so as to form a single whole

When I looked closely, I realized the meanings of these two words change dramatically depending on where one letter is positioned in the word. Upon further examination, I discovered the letter capable of loosening something that had previously been joined together was none other than the letter "i". Isn't that the way it always is?!?!

Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.
Romans 12:3 (NLT)

At Graceful Sisters, we are studying Romans 12 this week, and specifically verses 1 and 2. Today's post, found HERE, is titled, "Losing Me to Discover We" and ties in perfectly with what God was trying to teach me at my keyboard.

If I want my life to be united with Christ, I have to allow the Holy Spirit to keep me in my proper place, UNDER God's Kingship and surrendered to His authority in my life. Like John in John 3:30, He must increase, but I must decrease. Otherwise, everything is going to come unraveled and untied. When Christ is not at the center of my life, everything else is off balance and becomes topsy turvy.

Are you looking for stability in your life? Are you wondering why life just seems to keep coming undone even though YOU are doing your best to keep in all together? Look closely. Maybe like me, you have your "I" in the wrong place.

(Note: If you would like to read more devotional thoughts on the stability found in a life surrendered to Christ, click here! Rachel Olsen is hosting a blog carnival today and her topic is stability!)


  1. I love it! Always enjoy reading what you write.

    I'm so in that place right a place to totally surrender to God's authority over my life. And His will. If I don't decrease, I stay stagnant. And while I'm not moving, my life is unraveling.

  2. I am always, always inspired and encouraged by the words on your blog! What a great lesson in your typo! :) God is always speaking, if we will just position ourselves to hear! Thanks for sharing, Stacy!


  3. Our "I's" are always the problem aren't they? Great post. Love it, thanks for sharing.

  4. Love your take on this - I know the "I" in my life gets out of place sometimes. Thanks for the great reminder!

  5. Oh how easy it is to misplace my "I"!
    Thanks for this, Stacy!

    Blessings today ~ Rachel


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