The telephone just rang and it was a solicitor and just when I began to hang up, I remembered my blog from yesterday telling how rude I could be to these callers or how I usually hung up on them but wanted to be kinder! Rather than hang up, I listened patiently and told him I was not interested, but graciously thanked him for the call and information. As I laid down the receiver, my heart filled with love and gratitude about how free I felt.
The story of the little chicken pecking out of his shell came to thought. It would be so easy for the mama chicken to break open the egg from the outside, but not only could that injure the baby chick; he needed to strengthen his neck muscles by pecking. Just as when I receive a call, I can practice being kinder until it just becomes easier and easier.
James 4:7 states “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” When I respond rather than react, I become more peaceful, joyous and harmonious!
Recently, I heard the above question read and it resonated with me! What a wonderful question to ask oneself when conversing with others. Actually, it can be applied to thoughts we might entertain and we are always at choice on what we spend time thinking about. James 4:7 says “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Isn’t that saying the same thing; God/Love or devil, error?
This is one small way I can help out in world news and affairs. Rather than getting caught up in the gory details, I can turn to God, who is all-powerful and know the battle is always His. Today, I will not waste one minute on contaminating! Instead, I will look to see what God sees in every situation.
This morning as I read the book of Nehemiah and study the building of the wall, the relentless pleading of his friends for him to come down is so apparent. While translating this to modern day challenges, I soon recognize the more my desire to do God’s will, the more seductive my friends become in the guise of doubt, dismay, judgment, criticism and discouragement. By putting God first, error or evil becomes a bald imposition.
James 4:7 and the first line of 8, reads, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.”