This morning I read where a High School teacher was making a point with her class. The students were asked if they had $86,400, would they concern themselves if someone stole $10 from them? She went on to say that is the number of seconds in a day so if someone offended them, it would probably take 10 or so seconds to do so. Would they give them more of the day by ruminating , playing and replaying it mentally? That is our choice!
“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11 This can only work if we refuse to be impressed with small things that try and steal our joy.
This morning as I was reading an article about “universal love”, the author quoted his friend as saying “Every time we stop an angry thought, we stop a bullet somewhere in the world.” Isn’t that thought-provoking? Each day I pray about the violence in the world and when I think on those words, I certainly see how I can help! My prayer today is to become more aware of my thoughts and actions and more responsible, as well. Will watch for any negativity and immediately refute it and replace it with thoughts of love and gratitude. ! Timothy 2:8 states “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.”
My first call of the day was of someone telling me that he didn’t have a restful night and I thought of mine, which was very restful and peaceful and became grateful rather than take it for granted. There is always so much for which to be grateful and that very state of mind leaves no room for anger. Thank you, Father.
Recently, a young family member received a large promotion and relocation to a different state surprising many of us. This lovely young woman didn’t even finish junior college and had numerous boyfriends over the years which led the family to think she would marry very young and begin having children early on. There is certainly nothing wrong with that but that seemed to be the general consensus. Never did I think or know that she was diligently working at her job as evidenced by this recent promotion.
What I have been thinking about are my mistaken views of this woman as we all lovingly joked about her following a family get-together. Now, I am questioning myself; could I be wrong about other things as well? Zephaniah 3:17 states “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” My heart fills with humility and gratitude as I realize He does not give up on me.
Normally, my day begins with my Bible lesson followed by my prayerful work and then I wait for inspiration for my blog. There seemed to be no inspiration this morning as I mentally searched for an idea. As my day unfolded, one good thing after another began showing up. God was everywhere and I could see that. Then I became amused because sometime I even vote on how I feel after my prayer work or if I feel enlightened and did I do it right! Today, it was if I did nothing special at all, and I saw Love expressed all over. Of course, it is not me and I truly know that but I experienced that fact more than ever today.
Psalm 29:2 states “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.”
As I have been studying today’s Bible lesson, it mentions “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image,”. Soon after, an unsolicited thought pops into my head from nowhere from the past when I suddenly realized that becomes a graven image from time to time since it is not connected with joy but regret. With this gentle nudge, I began to study the 10 Commandments closer and deeper. For example “Thou shalt not take the Lord’s name in vain” means so much more to me now. Since I don’t use the word “damn” after God’s name, I thought I was home free until I realized that any comment after “I Am” that is ungodlike can be seen as blasphemous.
Hebrews 12:28-29 reads “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.'” While studying deeper, everything becomes fresher to me rather than rote! I will look at all things anew today with childlike innocence and without judgment.
For the second time in the five years of art classes, I have taken to class a piece that at one time, I wanted to toss. Once again, my teacher patiently looks at it, giving me guidance and suggestions on how to correct the errors. Never does she condemn or criticize unkindly, but urges me onward with suggestions that will correct. This reminds me of God guiding me in times I may feel that I totally messed up and there is no way out. He doesn’t punish me nor does He condemn me but gently lifts me up to a clearer and higher view of the challenge. Graciously, my thought begins to change as I remove ego.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 reads “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
This morning I watched a video someone posted about a large high school choir on the balconies of a huge hotel singing “Down to the River to Pray” Acappella and it was simply beautiful. Listening to this, I was thinking of the many unselfish hours given to practicing for the joy of others. Watching the students and seeing their focus on the one Choir Director and the harmony they produced and realizing this was only possible with that one focal point and the blending came from joined efforts; not one being louder or better than another.
Then I thought of a spinning ballerina having to maintain her balance by one focal point who would otherwise become confused and dizzy. My point is by keeping my focus on God and not human circumstances, I can remain in balance. Hebrews 12:2 reads “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”