Saturday, October 22, 2011

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.


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.


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".

Capital Letter I (Washington, DC)
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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)

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.

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  1. There are certainly many times I become untied! But once I quit depending on my own self-sufficiency and trying to do things my way, and instead lean on Him and trust in His lead, I become united in His grace and love. Situations and attitudes become more positive when I turn them over to Him! :)

    Great post Stacy! :)
    Blessings and hugs,

  2. One small letter, one big difference. Untied, united...

    Great post, Stacy.

  3. Thanks for the very important reminder to put myself in the correct place in my life.

  4. United to become untied and to untie others who are bound! :-)

  5. united to untie and back again.

    wow. this is powerful.

  6. love, love this Stacy. Amazing how one letter makes all the difference. I can make such a mess of things.


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