It’s so important to always do the right thing for the right reason. Do good (the right thing) because you truly care, and because Gods Holy Scripture says, we are to care for one another (Romans 12:8). Don’t do anything to be seen or to be praised by others, instead do it because Jesus did it for you when He gave His all during His lifetime on earth and ultimately in His death on the cross.
Don’t permit yourself to be upset or feel that you’ve been wronged by someone who seems ungrateful, or totally unconcerned with you now that their crisis is over. Be thankful for the time and the friendship you had, for what you learned from them positive or negative, and especially for what you were able to do to assist them in their time of need. That’s God’s love being exhibited through you. Don’t worry about anything else because your God who sees what you do in secret will reward you openly.
Galatians 6:9 “Let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”. That’s the promise we get from God.
Does this sound kind of familiar, “Why can’t you do what I ask you to”, “I really would love to spend more quality time doing things outside the house (me.. “not watching westerns or wild Alaska”), or “I want the same relationship we had when we were dating “. Now think about how God must feel, He created us! Now imagine as a parent who takes extra special care of your child, who protects them from dangers seen and unseen, and who provides all that child needs, but that child never says “Thank you”, they don’t show you love or respect, and they never spend time with you anymore. God is love, He desires our love, just as we desire, love, respect and affection from one another.
Love God enough to spend time with Him daily, (I am a witness that He will wake you early and remind you, if you ask Him to). Pray in faith (believing), read His word daily (doesn’t have to be an entire chapter), and fellowship (spend time) with other believers because we build each other up, and strengthen one another without even realizing it sometimes. We need to know that we all experience similar, if not the same issues, and we can get through them with Gods help, and the help of others.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
In the life of a Christian, God will use various people and resources to provide for us, but He is always the source, He simply uses the resource to help us. Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”.
Remembering this, is critical in remaining dependent on God, as we have the tendency to confuse the gift with the giver…. When this happens, our loyalty and trust tend to shift towards the person or where the help comes from, rather than God (our provider).
God is the source of everything we need, no matter how He provides it. It may come through our children, our spouses, our jobs and friends. Always remember, they are merely the tools He uses to meet the needs in our lives.
Keep me as the apple of your eye, hide me under the shadow of your wings, Palms 17:8
It’s the Holidays, and so many of us are dealing with self induced problems. So often we can’t find our way out of situations we’ve gotten ourselves into. In the midst of those problems, we’ve all probably said, “I don’t know what else I can do”. Well, Gods Word says, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Just as a parent desires to keep their child from life’s pitfalls, hurts and pains, our Heavenly Father desires the same for us. We are His workmanship, created in His image. Why not allow the Creator to work out or to work on that situation that seems beyond your control. Just as any parent does, God simply wants your faithfulness and your obedience.
His Word says, “If you remain in Me, and My Word remains in you, you can ask whatever you wish and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7) NIV.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
I was in the car the other night when my favorite gospel station personality, said something like, “Your inner circle, friends and acquaintances have more of an impact on you than you may give them credit for. Choose carefully”.
As a military family, we moved every few years and we made new friends easily. We all tend to make friends with those who have the same type of values and personality as we do somewhat, but in almost every move we made, I encountered stronger personalities than mine, and I had to learn to balance what I allowed to influence me and my family dynamics. We are all products of our environment. Just as being in the presence of people who curse constantly will cause you to curse if you are not careful, because you hear it all the time, or if the people around you use the most current slang terms, you might tend to pick up on it, as someone I love does so easily 😉. “Throwing shade”, (to treat someone with less respect than they deserve or a hater), that’s her new one from a TV personality 😒(me frowning).
It all seems so innocent but be careful, because people who don’t possess your values or morals can influence your speech, your personality, as well as your behavior in a negative way without you realizing it until it’s brought to your attention. If you have children, it’s even more important because you are teaching them to do the same (follow not lead).
The bible tells us to “guard our hearts and minds” (Proverbs 4:23) for this very important reason. Life is really a matter of “input and output”, as my pastor said Sunday. What you put in does tend to come out eventually. One of my favorite sayings is, ” What you feed grows”. Don’t take my word for it, just start paying attention to who your around on a regular basis and what part of them is rubbing off on you or what part of you might be rubbing off on them!
“Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by renewing your mind” (Romans 12:2). The only way to renew your mind is to spend time with God, read His word, and pray daily (relationship). Allow Christ to be the greatest influence in your and your family’s life.