Actions and Words

Do you ever say things & then you have to do them?  This morning, I posted on FB something about being quick to forgive & slow to judge.  Sure enough, I had an opportunity to practice those words not too long after I posted that.  Blech.

I wonder if the Holy Spirit doesn’t tell us stuff that’s going to happen before hand, so that when it happens our attitudes and thoughts are ready to have the Fruit of the Spirit operational, rather than the works of the flesh.  Let’s make it our goal to stay

In Step with the Spirit

so that we don’t fulfill the works of the flesh, like Paul says in Gal 5:16 🙂

admiration & esteem

 I’ve been thinking about people who I admire & more specifically, what I admire about these individuals.  Here are some thoughts:

  • Kathy – I admire her quiet strength;  she is the glue to her family
  • Christy – I admire her willingness to serve & use her talents in any opportunity to glorify Jesus
  • Karen – I admire her wisdom & ability to hear God
  • Steve – I admire his exuberance & zest for life
  • Diane – I admire her ability to work SUPER HARD & not complain
  • Tim – I admire his leadership & willingness to make step up & make difficult decisions
  • Jeremy – I admire his willingness to not get stuck in his intelligence but to include the reality of healthy spiritual living
  • Julie – I admire her commitment to spiritual community even when its difficult
These thoughts have come on the heels of something I read this morning: Phil 4:8 – think about what is true, honorable, right, lovely, pure & a good repute / admirable.  It seems to me that when I look for these things or think about them, its easier to find & see them all around me 🙂

don’t wear it, if it doesn’t fit

Have you ever found a blouse or shoes that you fell in love with, but were disappointed because they didn’t have your size?  I hate it when I can’t find my size in clothes or shoes that I really like!  I’m not much of a shopping junkie so if & when I find something that I really like, its an even greater disappointment when I can’t find my size.   Sometimes, I’ve bought the item in the wrong size, thinking that I could fix it somehow to fit properly.  It never works out when I get the wrong size, no matter how hard I try. 

This is true for us with God & who He has made us to be.  At various times in our lives, we wish that we were different than who we are.  Sometimes, I wish I was more like my mom.  Sometimes, I wish I was more like other people whom I respect.  But when I have tried to be someone other than who God has made me to be, its like trying to wear clothes that don’t fit.  Life gets uncomfortable.  This is kind of like when David was preparing to fight Goliath & he put on Saul’s armor – it didn’t fit & was uncomfortable. Maybe this armor would have gotten in his way with his sling – we don’t know.  But this much is true, when we try to be someone other than who God has made us to be, then we’ll never successfully achieve God’s destiny and purpose for our lives.  I’m supposed to be Sarah and not Marilyn.  You’re supposed to be you and not someone else.  The only person we’re supposed to imitate is Jesus.  Make the decision to wear what fits & to grow in grace through the work of the Holy Spirit.  🙂