Why and How Make the Difference
This morning I woke feeling good, ready do a little more. I thought, maybe today I can be like my friend Marilyn. She does so much. She volunteers for the school making muffins for the children’s breakfast, for the church on two committees, for the foodbank. She plays badminton, pickleball, and does yoga, loves her family and friends and so much more. I’m tired just thinking about her daily list.
I know that comparing myself to others is a “lost cause.” I am not someone else. I can only be me. I also know that God has a sense of humour. I opened “The Daily Bread” devotional book read Colossians 3:12-17. Here it is slightly shortened from The Message.
12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment… Never be without it…Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. (Colossians 3:12-14 and 17) (The Message)
What better advice can we find as Valentine’s Day approaches. Live with love. Know God is with you. What can I give someone I love for Valentine’s day – compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, forgiveness.
To that advice I add, “Do something for a loved one, something that is right for you. Remember that God is with you. Live your life so others will know what God’s love is like. For sure, you can’t be someone else. Look at what you are doing. You’ll be surprised at how much you do for others both family, friends, church and more. As today’s Bible reading from Colossians says, whatever you do, do for God’s glory, do knowing God is with you. Why and How do make a difference.
Yesterday, I received a comment on my blog, “Difficult Love”. The person thanked me for the prayer template. Today I offer another prayer that I believe will start my day and yours on a good footing. Blessings on your Day. Janet
Dear God, This morning I’m grateful to be me, grateful for Help me put on your clothing of compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, forgiveness. Thank you, God for your patience with me, for continuing to love me just as I am. Amen