From the Top Down
by: Ellene Meece
We all know a company, corporation or even a small family owned business take on the attributes and character of the one at the top - the CEO, owner or leader. Decision-making and customer service is inevitably influenced from the "top down." Policy making and investments are controlled from the top. When unraveling a company failure, often character flaws of greed or selfishness can be traced back to the leadership at the top.
Taking this to a personal level, who is the supreme top-level authority in your life? If it's within yourself, you are building your life on shifting sand. If it's another person that you've put your trust in, this can be shaken. Even if it's a noble way of life or a religion, it will fail.
We must surrender our lives to the One at the Top - God. Not a god but the God of the Bible. The God of Creation. The God of the Universe. The great I AM. The God who knows you and made you and loves you with an eternal love.
Our ability to walk in any form of functionality, calmness, harmony and balance in this life journey must start with the Almighty God through accepting His Son Jesus Christ. He's the One who died for you so that you could live, really live and have peace and a sense of well-being.
When I was a young Christian, someone advised me to study the scriptures and find all the verses that began with "In Him..." or "In Christ..." The result was a paradigm shift from myself to HIM! Everything starts and finishes with Him! Health, happiness, tranquility, quality of life . . . all are in Him.
"For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. For all things originate with Him and come from Him; all things live through Him, and all things center in and tend to consummate and to end in Him. To Him be glory forever! Amen (so be it)" (Romans 11:36).
"For in Him the whole fullness of the Deity continues to dwell in bodily form giving complete expression of the divine nature. And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life in Christ you too are filled with the God head - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - and reach full spiritual stature. And He is the Head of all rule and authority of every angelic principality and power"(Colossians 2:9-10).
"In Him all the treasures of divine wisdom, comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God and all the riches of spiritual knowledge and enlightenment are stored up and lie hidden" (Colossians 2:3).
"But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were far away, through the blood of Christ have brought near. For He is Himself our peace, our bond of unity and harmony..."(Ephesians 2: 13-14a).
"For in Him we live and move and have our being . . . " (Acts 17:28a).
"No man who believes in Him will ever be put to shame or be disappointed" (Romans 10:11).
"In Him we also were made God's heritage, portion and we obtained an inheritance..." (Ephesians 1:11).
"In Him the whole structure is joined (bound, welded) together harmoniously, and it continues to rise (grow, increase) into a holy temple in the Lord" (Ephesians 2:21).
"And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together)" (Colossians 1:17).
Discover for yourself the wonders of being fulfilled and walking in confidence and peace from . . . the top down.
Ellene Meece lives in Meeker, Colorado and works with her husband in their natural resource company while running her own online store, Grandma's Treasures Online. Currently, she oversees the marketing for the FMIN Workplace Leaders Network.
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