This morning as I was thinking about labels, I was reminded that so many times I just accept without question what these thoughts conjure up. These can be the behavior of a two-year old or a teen-ager; a certain occupation or political party; or even a religious sect. If one is not careful, it is so very easy to agree with the world’s thought about everything. Two of my favorite verses are Proverbs 3:5-6 which states “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Today I will watch my thinking when it just seems to go into “auto” mode and will question those thoughts that do not come from God. If it is not creative, loving and blessing all, they come from world thought which are not mine. Our weather has seemed extremely hot and so many are complaining about it and if I am not careful, I notice my energy is limited. The need is there to refute those thoughts and replace them with gratitude on the many blessings we have. Where is our focus?
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 I have been thinking about differing opinions and the hostility that can be displayed confrontationally. In praying about our world and wondering where all this has come from, I realize this is the wrong question. What are we learning from all this? Doesn’t Love remain the answer? When we release all human will, justification and pride, the only thing remaining is Love. Isaiah 26:3 reads, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Today, I will remember who is in control!
Recently, I was pondering something in my life and questioning the reason behind it. A light came on in my thinking as rather than asking “Why is this happening” or “When will this end”, I began to wonder “How was I getting blessed by this experience?” Psalm 112:7 reads, “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Lessons become blessings when understood and seen through God’s (Love’s) eyes.
While studying the story of “The Good Samaritan” this morning, I begin to ask myself questions about this topic. Am I kind and patient when it may look like I am being inconvenienced? Am I rude to solicitors when they call? Do I smile at people while out shopping or am I so self-absorbed that I don’t even see them? Today, I will be aware of these things.
The Good Samaritan stops to render aid after the Priest and Levite had walked on by. Luke 10:36-37 reads, ” Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.”