Today as I was giving thanks for me, humbly and with no pride, I remembered the scripture in Psalms 139:14, which reads ” I will give thanks to You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are your works, and my soul knows it very well.” Today, I will fast from criticizing myself and work on seeing only what God sees about me. When I really love myself, I can certainly love others more.
So often religions have been more concerned with human rules and creeds rather than the real issue of loving one another. Being brought up in the south, our Church was more concerned with our hairstyles, jewelry, dancing and rock music rather than the plight of the blacks in the south. To me that was the thought of the Pharisee which Jesus preached against. 1Corinthians 1:10 states “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” That says we all have the same Father, Mother, God! Shouldn’t we view each other as such?
Yesterday while checking out at the grocery store, the cashier told me from the beginning, this was only the second time to check out alone. From then on, it was having to stop and get help with different items, to check prices and correct mistakes. About this time, someone pushed her basket into me from the rear accidentally and apologized profusely.
Now what was so special to me was the compassion I felt for all of these so-called “inconveniences”. There was a time when only one of these things would have irritated me to no end. Later I saw this experience as a “pop quiz” to see if I were practicing what I had been studying and praying about; certainly not a punishment.
When I returned home, the first thing my husband said was “Wow, that didn’t take you anytime!” It was so amusing when I knew before I would have been checking my watch. Also, the remainder of the day was delightful as well. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2. Only Good is going on.
This morning while praying and thinking about my blog today, the thought came to just let it happen and not force it. Following that was the thought of ” being” versus ” being right” and it dawned on me the difference between the two. The first consist of love, gratitude and humility while the latter is about pride, ego and control. Consciously, I am asked to choose where I want to be at all times.
Proverbs 12:18 reads “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Doesn’t that refer to ” being” versus “being right”?
Last night I received a call from someone needing prayerful support while working through a challenge and seemed extremely aggressive. After hanging up the telephone, it took me some time since I knew I shouldn’t sympathize with the error but have compassion for the person working through it. Aggression wasn’t part of her true spiritual identity and I had to see her as God’s child reaching out. I noticed it took me time to rid my thoughts of judgment, but eventually Love dissolved that negative thought for me and I was able to pray successfully.
Luke 6:37 states “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” That doesn’t mean from time to time, but all of the time. Help me, Father, to do that.
My husband and I love watching the Winter Olympics. Recently I was reading where a recent new owner of a silver medal was in a definite slump last month and it was apparently obvious to others. Then, from the unlikeliest of places, a competitor from a foreign team, who spoke no English offered his sled to this young man, which never happens. One does not offer up his sled, nor favorite running shoes, etc. especially to a competitor.
Philippians 3:13-14 reads “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Isn’t this what happened? He allowed himself to swallow his pride and accept love from another. That, to me, is Love expressed!
Recently I was in a nearby town at a jewelry shop where I was having some custom earrings made. The jeweler said I would have to prepay them and they would be ready in a week. I wasn’t thrilled about paying for them initially. The week past and I called him since I had heard nothing. He seemed in overwhelm and said they were extremely busy and behind schedule. His frustration was apparent and I reacted rather than responded. We had some words and I hung up slightly irritated. I began thinking about the blogs I had been posting and realized I should reread them, which I did and prayed to see the truth about this young man.
Last night, which was Sunday night, he called to tell me he was sending my earrings and he had made a pendant to go with them that he was enclosing. Then he apologized profusely and I gratefully accepted and told him I should have been kinder myself.
Psalm 139:23-24 reads “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”