As I start my day off by listening for God’s guidance, I am reminded how easy it is to get caught up with living on the surface of life. It is ever-changing phenomena and can easily bring depression, confusion and chaos. Ecclesiastes 1:2 comes to mind as it states “Meaningless! Meaningless! says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” That tells me to look deeper!
We live in a small town where our football team won the playoffs last night and will be going to state next week-end. While I am thrilled about this, I thought about the hours of practice these young men put in and qualities they express; agility, strength, teamwork, discipline, trust and love of the game. These qualities all come from God. This, I feel, is looking deeper into an announcement promoting excitement. My heart feels with love and gratitude for this team of players and yes, I will be rooting for them next week!
As I ponder this title, once again I am reminded that now is all there is! My husband just walked in to tell me that he just read “We are thought to be witnesses, not prosecuting attorneys.” I really like that for I am tempted to not only judge another, but myself as well. Comparisons follow that line of thinking and lead either to feelings of pride or inferiority and sometimes, both. Right at that time, I choose to correct that thinking and replace it with Love for myself and then, I can Love others as well.
Proverbs 3: 11-12 states “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a father the son he delights in.” By releasing all human outlining, I can see only spiritual growth going on and that is seeing through God’s eyes. Today, I choose to be alert and catch early on, any erroneous thinking and stay in the Now!
My daily prayer is for more grace and humility. Today, I found this prayer answered fully and I was uncomfortable and a little resentful. Then I was gently reminded that my prayer was being fulfilled and Hebrews 12:11 came to thought. It reads, “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” As I stepped back and viewed the experience, I was truly blest by this gentle nudge in spiritual growth. There is never a retrograde step in growth and for this, I am grateful.