Hey friends, how are you today? How was your week? My week has been busy, how was yours’? Anna and I have taken on a painting project (pray for her; she is doing most of the painting, I’m doing most of the cleaning, because…. well, if you know anything about me, you should know why). I just don’t understand why painting one room sends every other room into disruption! It boggles the mind how ‘mess’ can infiltrate an entire floor to just paint one (one!) room! What was I thinking? Well…actually… hubby took way to long to get started, so I decided to ‘help’. What does your week look like; anything like mine?
For much of my life, I’ve spent the most time between two spaces: church or home. At various times, I’ve spent more time at or in church than I spent at home. Because of the amount of time, I’ve spent at church and in the Word of God, I’ve gained ‘knowledge’ albeit limited and at times with limited understanding, about God’s Word.
When we’ve walked with the Lord a long time, He makes us look good. Time with Him allows us to put on more and more of His character. We learn to be kind to others, to be quick to offer compassion. We learn to be cheerful in our giving and extend mercy to others. Joy, even in the face of sorrow, although not necessarily instant, is eventually, on display in our lives. We’ve learned along the way to encourage and build up and also along the way, we’ve learned to expect the same from those who say, they are Christians. Believe it or not, sometimes those who love us least, are Christians like us.
I’ve come to the conclusion that for most of us christians, especially those of us who have walked with the Lord awhile, find it easier to extend much forgiveness and much grace to unbelievers than it is to Christians, simply because we expect more from those who claim to be christians. Isn’t that something? When I was younger, I absolutely disliked admonishment and corrections from others, and I most definitely did not appreciate it from those who came with an attitude of superiority. It’s never too hard to find faults with others, is it? Including the one who came to correct or admonish. I’ve also come to the conclusion, that truth remains true, in spite of the bearer and it it always to my benefit to go in with an attitude adjustment.
Pride is a besetting of most Christians, I think. Simply because God makes us look good. After a while, we begin to confuse His work and take His glory as our own. The compliments of others begin to go to our head and comparison begins. It’s hard when I compare my life with others to think there is anything wrong with me. I can always find someone whose life ‘needs work’. I am really not that bad, when I compare my life with someone else’s. After all I don’t do this nor do I do that, like this person. Of course, I am not perfect, BUT…
Comparison does one of two things; makes us think we are better than others or we may think we are worse than others. The outcome depends on who we think we are compared to who we think they are. The result is very rarely flattering or healthy; not for us nor for others.
Throughout the Word of God, we are reminded again and again that people are not the standard. Yet churches are fraught with bitter, discontented, and angry people because of our jealousy and envy. We fail to love others because our eyes are fixed on the possessions or on the seemingly perfection of their lives. Haven’t we lived long enough to know that no life here, is perfect? Don’t we already know that no life is without trials and problems? Do we want the unknown problems of their lives along with whatever blessings they may seemingly have obtained? Will we take the good but not he bad?
Today I choose to pray for you, because I know that trials are part of life, and you are not without them. I choose to cherish the price that was paid for my sins. I choose to bask in the unfailing, unwavering love of Christ. I choose to be contented with all that the Lord has blessed me. I choose to name them one by one, because I am prone to forget, when my eyes slip. I choose to say ‘thank You, Lord’ because Your work in me is not done. I choose the Word of God as my standard, it equalizes everyone. Let’s remind ourselves that people are not the standard!
Because of the presence of the God of the Universe in my life, He makes me look good. I am because He is! How are you today?