Lord, help me to remember that throughout the busyness of the day that I ask myself, “how am I glorifying You in all things I do today?”
In church we are studying a book called “The Relationship Principles of Jesus.” This book also comes with a study guide called, “40 Days of Love.” We are in the beginning series of this study and there have been a couple of good points that have pulled at my heartstrings already.
1.) LEARN THE SECRET OF KINDNESS. I’ve always thought of myself as a kind person. But, is that the impression I give of myself ALL THE TIME? Do I look at someone with judgement and not realize it? Do I talk kind or unkind of other people when they aren’t around? Do I love people unconditionally? Do I first think they need to “earn” my friendship? Do I love/forgive people that have disappointed me….?
2.) TO BE A KINDER PERSON YOU MUST SLOW DOWN. I recently was sharing this thought with another friend. I was sharing the thought that there are a lot of people out there guilty of not slowing down so they can see the needs of other people around them. This issue hits home with me. But, more importantly I have to ask myself, “Have I been guilty of that?” It’s easy for me to sit and judge people who have been this way to me, but have I been this way to them or others? Or, have I’ve been so busy that I don’t even recognize someone with a need?
I think it’s funny how we can instantly hear comments and statements like these and think of other people this might apply to instead of ourself first. I know I’m guilty of doing this at times. This reminds me when Jesus was explaining in Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV) 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Ouch! Does that hit home or what?!
I would like to think I’d never consider myself better then anyone else, but at times it’s easy to point out how someone else could be better. This is such a normal judgement we do to each other. But, I also know this is not the way God intended for us to treat each other. This is loving with boundaries. God does not love with boundaries!
It’s just too bad we let our humanness get in the way. Yet, Jesus tells us to love as he did: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:34, ESV.)
Lord, forgive me for not asking myself first if I’ve been too busy to notice the needs other people. I don’t want to be this way. Help me to love more purely like You. And, Thank you for loving me abundantly without any boundaries. And most importantly thank you Lord, for never being too busy for me. I’m sorry that it’s me that acts too busy for you. It’s amazing to me that as the Ruler of this vast universe and with all its busyness You are waiting on me….shame on me…..forgive me.
Max the other day after school said he was going to go in the woods. I said ok without any thought. It was one of those shameful times someone is talking to you while you’re busy doing something else and you just kinda nod and answer, “huh, huh”. I was catering in the kitchen trying to get a job done. We have a compost outside for all my food scraps and my scrap bowl was full so I had to empty it outside. I noticed some hammering coming from the woods. I realized it was Max. I figured he was “just being a boy” so I went inside to finish on this deadline I had. About 5 minutes later Max came to me and asked if I would please help him carry something. I was annoyed with the thought of stopping what I was doing to help him. But, then I was convicted with the thought that nothing is more important then helping my own child. So I wiped my hands clean and slipped on Kent’s shoes and went to Max and asked him what he needed help with? Then he pointed to the ground……
“I made three of them, can you help me carry one?” I wanted to fall to my knees asking for forgiveness. I stood there silent and amazed by the heart of my child. How could I not make time to carry my sons cross? All I desire as his mom is too carry his cross. I’ll carry it to the end of earth for him. “Of course I’ll carry your cross Max, I’m sorry you had to ask, I should’ve just notice.” Just like Christ did…for…me… We are called to carry each others cross.
Lord, help me slow down to recognize that someone might need their cross to be carried.