Late Fruitful Thursday – Kindness

My goodness, this has been a whirlwind of a week. I completely lost track of the days! I guess the holiday season is truly upon me. But I didn’t want to let another day go by without sharing my experience with kindness. I love when someone smacks me upside the head with unexpected kindness. It makes me want to pay it forward.

I ran a lot of errands this week. My van’s inspection was expired, it had been expired for a long time but I never made getting the inspection a priority. So I was irritated but not surprised to see flashing lights in my rear view mirror one afternoon. Hello Police Man.
Even though I knew I was wrong and would accept the looming ticket with a smile, while the officer ran my license and registration I sat in my van and grumbled all kinds of unkind, self-centered thoughts. “Figures. Just what I need, to spend more money. This just had to happen before Christmas. Stinking officer probably has some ticket quota to fill before the end of the year.”
I received an instant attitude adjustment when the officer returned to my vehicle and said “I’m going to let you go with a warning.” That was it. No lecture, no nasty look, he just handed me my documents and left.
Kindness ~ the practice or quality of being kind; a kind, considerate, or helpful act
During this busy holiday season, when so many are stressed about money, short on time, receiving layoffs and pink slips, missing family members who’ve passed or are serving our country, please tr to practice a little extra kindness.
It doesn’t have to be a big gesture, smile when you want to frown, hold the door for someone, forfeit the parking space to the oncoming car…it truly is the little things that make the difference.
Job 10:12 ~ You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.

Fruitful Thursday : Patience

I’m stretching, learning, seeing new truths. And I couldn’t be happier. By concentrating on patience I assumed I would feel more peaceful and serene. I figured my home would house a more welcoming vibe and that the kids would positively react to this change. And in general, that has happened. But what I didn’t expect was this new sense of self esteem. I have this verse to thank:

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7

It’s pretty much God’s way of saying Don’t compare yourself with the Joneses! Or the bikini clad, 125lb, tan and toned mother of eight at the public pool…ahem.
We don’t peek over the fence and drool over what Mrs. Jones has. We wait for the Lord to reveal what he wants us to do and how he wants to bless us through that service. Because even if it looks like Mrs. Jones has been abundantly blessed, unless her heart is aligned with the will of God, it is a house built upon the sand. This world is temporary and the successes here are fleeting.
At least…that’s how I see it 🙂
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:19-20

Fruitful Thursday : Patience and Human Nature

It’s Thursday (is it just me or is this week flying by?) so I’m talking about fruits of the spirit. This month is all about patience. As I’ve said before, patience is not my strong suit, but I’m working on it.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ~ Galatians 6:9
This week, while thinking about patience and my lack thereof, I couldn’t help but consider all the ways I justify my anger as a mother, or others justify it for me. The one that kept popping back up was the excuse “losing your temper is natural.
And in a way it is. Please don’t take this post to mean that getting frustrated, upset or downright angry is completely wrong. It’s not, even Jesus got mad and overturned a few tables. (Matthew 21). But that was righteous anger. My anger so often…is not. Not at all righteous. It’s ugly and selfish and unjustifiable.
And natural.
How often have I told myself, it’s okay, everyone loses their temper. It’s natural.
Too many times. To me, natural means human nature. We all have it ingrained in us, but it doesn’t mean it’s right. As Christians we are to reach above our human nature and strive for righteousness. While we can’t be perfect, we were called to be in this world but not of it.
To be like Jesus.
So that’s it. I hope some of this made sense for you. I feel like I’m rambling, pouring incoherent words onto the screen. If it doesn’t make sense to you, at least it makes sense to me in my heart, it was clearly my conviction from the Lord.
But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. ~ 1 Timothy 1:16
while we can’t be perfect we are called to be in this world and not of it, to be like Jesus
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