Monday, June 4, 2012

It is NOT what it is

It is what it is.

Have I mentioned I don't like that saying?  I don't. But I didn't know why until this morning.

It is true.  That dog, it is what it is, a dog.  But it is more!  

It is true.  That plant, it is what it is, a plant.  But it is MORE!

It is true.  That person, it is what it is, a person.  BUT WE ARE MORE!

By limiting ourselves, by accepting that something by saying, usually with a shrug and a bit of defeat, it is what it is.  We are limiting ourselves and we are limiting our God.

He is a farmer, fisherman, homeless guy, tax collector, thief. 

She is a worry wart, perfectionist, prostitute, widow.

God teaches us everything, every single thing, is more than what it appears.  Nothing, not one single thing falls under the heading: 


Unless we are willing to discount our God, be defeated in our faith and reduced to five words.  And we aren`t willing are we?  I am not!  God is not.  You should not.

“Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to You. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom, and You are exalted as head over all.” 1 Chronicles 29:11 HCSB

Matthew 22:29
Jesus answered them, “You are deceived, because you don’t know the Scriptures or the power of God.

If it was true, this saying, then that grain of wheat would not grow hundreds more.

If this was true, then they would have stayed fishermen, John would have stayed in the wilderness and Mary would have been stoned to death.  But God is always more!  We are always more!

Reducing things to those five words is a dangerous habit.  It does not require us to act in faith, it does not push us forward in serving others.  It is a sideline seat to watch the world, and life, go by without getting into the action.

It is trouble with a job.  It is an opportunity for grace.  It is a nudge to pray.  

It is an old house.  It is a home.  It is where God wants you to be right now.

It is a hurt, a fear, a heart break.  It is a place to start praying.  It is room for forgiveness.

It is what we are willing to let God make it.  Can we set aside our desire for control to let Him work a wonderful grace filled miracle in our lives?

Get a flower, or a pencil or even a playing card and when you are temped to say, IT IS WHAT IT IS, remember how much more they really are.  Then think about God, and how much more YOU are through Him.


  1. Excellent, Shanyn. I love that freeing phrase... "It is what it is." :)

    1. Thanks Carey, great that you stopped by and I appreciate your inspiration! :-)

  2. Love this Shanyn! It is always what we are will to allow God to make of it! Pam Mosher

    1. Pam, thanks so much! Bless you Encourage Sister!

  3. Will not be using that phrase again. Good lesson. God bless!

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    1. Derrick - great to see you here again, and I don't use it anymore either. Bright blessings.