Recently, while on vacation, we visited a small Indian Reservation where we shopped for a piece of pottery. We arrived early and this woman invited us into her home to show us the five pieces she had made to sell. The vase I found was small, delicate and beautiful and she had $150 price marked on it. I asked her what she would take for it and after thinking, she said $140. She then told us of the steps in making this piece of art and I was almost embarrassed. Before writing my check, I almost wrote it for $200 since I felt pity for how she lived.
Immediately, I caught my thought, wrote the check for $150 and she was beaming. How dare me feel sorry for this lady who loved what she did and was so proud! What a beautiful experience we had listening to her as she proudly told the steps her family had been taking for hundreds of years in making this pottery.
John 14:27 reads “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” I felt such peace that day.
The above was a solo sung at our Church yesterday and I thought it was so appropriate. Below are the verses.
“Let no walls divide your world, pull them down today. Be a friend to every man, help him on his way. Love can overflow the heart like a rising tide. Speak with kindness, speak with love, let no walls divide.
Walk into the weary land, never fear the night. Take the stranger by the hand, bring him to the light. If he stumbles, help him rise, calm his foolish pride. Give him mercy, give him love, let no walls divide.”
This was written by William Aubert Luce and I will pray with these words.
This morning while studying and praying about the day, my first thought was about a meeting I have in an hour. I am the treasurer of an organization and it is time for the annual report and audit. Of course, there is nothing to fear, but dread creeps into my thinking. I suddenly realize that the only time there seems to be a struggle in my life is when human will, pride and ego are at the forefront. As I humbly release this fear to God, at the same time the dread is released and I know I can enjoy this meeting rather than just focus on it being over!
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8 This is not something I have to do on my own, but put my trust in Him.
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!
Gratitude and humility are keys to the Kingdom of Heaven and dissolve any and all anxiety. We need to always rejoice because we cannot see the entire picture yet that God has in store for us and it is always Good! Philippians 4: 4-6 reads, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Pride and fear will never enter in and are dissolved by Love and Truth.
It is often easy to fall into the dangerous habit of judging and comparing ourself to others, but that only leads to feelings of pride or inferiority and sometimes both. We don’t even know the real picture when we entertain comparisons. As I cease to judge, condemn and compare, I begin to make progress. Luke 6:37 states, “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged, condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.” That leads to real freedom!
Whenever dark thoughts begin to fill our mind, they become gods! The Bible clearly says to “Have no other gods before me”. By staying alert, we can easily see what is bringing us down mentally and refute this thought and replace it with the knowledge that God is all-encompassing and omnipotent Good. Being grateful and humble breaks the mesmerism of darkness. Pride and fear lead to the darkness.
1 Corinthians 13:11 reads, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” I have to remind myself of this from time to time.