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.
This morning as I humbly ponder my blessings, I am reminded that they are not about earning and deserving, but believing and receiving. Sometimes, it may take me a while to recognize them but lessons always become blessings when understood.
Luke 11:9-10 reads, “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Gratitude and humility are always needed here; never pride and fear but a softened heart.