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A Story Of Need

A well spun story can stir great emotions. A story can cause us to shriek with laughter. A story can stir deep emotions and thought patterns. A story can take us on a journey of imagination and discovery. A story can also move us to tears and break our heart. It is the latter of these that has stirred me this morning.

My husband told me a true story last night about a teenage boy who was so hungry he was gathering up the scraps of food that others had discarded in the trash. This story moved me to tears, and it broke my heart to know that this was happening in my county. We see in the media all the time the need of children around the world who do not have enough to eat. We help when we can, but when we hear of children and teens in our communities struggling to find their next meal how can we not be moved to action. Some might say, they get meals at school. Two, in fact, are available to them. What happens though to these on the weekends or during the summer? There is a great need.

” For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in… And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:35,40 

In the verses above, we find a message from Jesus himself. We find a call to action. Jesus wanted us to know that when we extend kindness and meet a need in the life of a child we are doing it unto Him. We are living out our faith by reaching out to another. As I think on this, we must meet the need for physical food, but it doesn’t need to stop there. We need to also do all we can to meet the spiritual needs of these dear ones. We need to point them to Jesus who loves them. We need to be the hands reaching out in Jesus’ name.

So how do we accomplish this? We must pray for guidance. We must also be moved to action. Knowing that when we reach out to the children of our communities, we are doing this for Jesus.

Only Today…

I have in the past week been on a trek of profound reflection. It could be the fact that I became a great-aunt a week and a half ago. It could be the fact that my friend who graduated from high school the same year I did proclaimed on Facebook that she graduated 30 years ago. Wow. I’m not sure which one did it, maybe it was the combination of the two. However, I began to look over my life of the past, ahem, 30 years and began to take stock of what I have accomplished in those years. On first glance and pondering, it didn’t seem like much. As I looked deeper I realized that I have gone through quite a bit in those years. I have gained a wealth of experience and knowledge. I met and married an awesome man. I had two amazing boys who are Jesus loving, well-rounded, and daily amaze me. My husband and I have served in ministry for all of our married life together (almost 24 years at 3 churches). We have a great family and a wealth of friends. To you it may not seem that much, but that doesn’t matter. What truly matters is have I taken the time the Lord has given me and served Him to the best of my ability. Have I done everything perfectly? Not a chance. On reflection, I feel I have followed the Lord faithfully to this point. Would I have liked to have accomplished some great things? Well, Sure! but I know that this is not the end. I have today. I am not promised tomorrow so I will take the day I have been given and live it out how I know Jesus would want me to do. I can show compassion, I can love Him with my whole heart, I can serve others in the work place and in my home, and I can live out the plan He has set before me for today. No matter what amount of time I have left, I can finish well the course the Lord has for me. Paul wrote to Timothy in II Timothy 4:7, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” This is what I want. I want to be counted among the faithful. A lifetime is made up of what we have done with all of our “todays”. We cannot do anything about yesterday or tomorrow. We have today. Let’s take our today, and put in it all that God would have us to do with it. Serving Him, Trusting Him, Loving Him, Worshiping Him, and Living Life with the purpose of bringing glory to His name will be my goal today. It is indeed a worthy calling!

Resting on the Run

Today, my friends, begins a new chapter in my life. After several years of working two jobs, I find myself at a new place. I didn’t have to go into work this morning. Whew, thought it would be a very long time before I would say that, but that is my reality this morning. I wrapped up my job as church secretary at First Baptist Church and I am getting ready to move to a new town, to a new house, and a new ministry.  Back in November, My husband was called as pastor at a new church about 40 minutes from where we live. So today my first official day not having to work and I have a to-go-do list a mile long. I have to catch up on all I have been putting off. So before I literally run out the door. I stopped to take a breath, and check in with the faithful few that have been with me and this blog since the  beginning.

I heard a phrase this weekend at the Minister’s Wives Retreat that I go to every year and this morning it resonates with me. We, Minister’s Wives, probably will have very few days that we are not off and running from the morning to the evening. Rest comes mostly when we crash in the evenings with our Minister husbands. So how do we really find the rest that we need to make it through the days until Jesus comes back? This weekend was all about rest and renewal. I thought excellent that is just what I need. I need to rest. I have found the true rest that can only satisfy our souls is rest that we find in the Lord. “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him…” How many verses have been written about resting in Jesus? Probably more than I can count are available to us. I digress. The phrase I grabbed on to this weekend. We need to learn to “Rest on the Run!” There will always be running involved with our lives so take time to carve out some minutes on the run to stop and rest. Carry verses with you to read over while you are waiting in line. Stop and pray while you are going to the next place on your list. (Disclaimer: Keep your eyes open if you are driving. lol) Just Kidding. This is something we all can do. Learn to rest on the run. It will take discipline to train your mind. To not do this is to let the devil distract you while you are on the run. So My Friends, take a moment to take a deep breath, “Be still and Know He is God”, and find sweet rest in who He is and His promises.

See you Soon! I will wave in passing!

Amy

‘Tis The Canning Season

The Canning and Freezing Season had arrived. It began week before last. It never ceases to amaze how quickly you have to jump in the middle of this, or you will miss the bountiful harvest. Long farms in Bainbridge, where we get all our veggies and produce, opens the day after Mother’s Day. It’s when our work begins. I put up ten gallons of squash because hubby is such a fan, and green beans and new potatoes have been coming from our sweet neighbors. Our corn has been ordered (20 dozen), and we will get it on Monday. Our Family is crazy about sweet corn! 🙂  During the summer months, if I don’t can and freeze my veggies, I will be sorry during the winter months. That’s the way it is with the harvest; you have to be waiting on it so as soon as it is ready you reap. Hubby and the Boys help me so much during this time! I could not do it all without them. I am glad that they like to enjoy all the bounty during the winter months. It gives us all something wonderful to look forward to.

Amazingly enough, The same principle applies in God’s Kingdom. You work and wait patiently for the harvest. When it is time to reap, you have to be ready or you might miss what God has for you to accomplish.  “But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.” ~ Mark 4:29-32

I can not sit idly by, and wait for the veggies to hop into the freezer. I have to process each one by working, praying, and gathering. With each process, small steps are taken. If you miss a step the end result will not be what is best. The aspects of sowing and reaping often apply to someone coming to the Lord in Salvation, and this is certainly true. However, the principles of sowing and reaping can also apply to our ministry. I need to be constantly working with the help of the Holy Spirit to reach others, and help them to grow and mature. In our Sunday School classes, the children in our neighborhoods, friends we meet shopping at Wal-mart, or any other ministry we are passionate about. I may see the results right away, but most often I have to wait for the harvest, continuing to work daily to cultivate the area where God has placed me. Then again, You and I may never know till we get to Heaven the impact we made on another’s life by encouraging and uplifting them, or being that voice of reason when others may fail them. Reaping is sweet, yet working in God’s Kingdom can bring you the greatest joy. We may shed tears over these dear ones, but joy will come.

Let us be busy sowing where God has placed us, and leave the result of the harvest up to Him. His Harvest will be a bountiful one!

I’ll Think About It Tomorrow

Scarlet O’Hara from the famous book, “Gone with the Wind”, is a very intriguing individual. She has been quoted numerous times, and been embedded in our culture to such a degree that by quoting her people know immediately who you are talking about. Now I must point out that while Scarlet is one we all can relate to from time to time, most of us do not want to be like her on a daily basis. She is rather self-centered and wants her own way even at the expense of others. (Maybe I am more like her than I would like to admit 🙂 ) Moving On!

One of her more famous quotes is “I’ll think about that tomorrow!” I find myself on several occasions adopting this philosophy. If I have something to do that is not exactly pleasant, I have the urge to put it off because “tomorrow is another day”.   I think that is one of the reasons Monday is a dreaded day. We begin the work week on Monday. We often put off starting that diet on Monday. (Isn’t is amazing that the first three letters of the word “diet” is “die”.)  I think I’ll start my exercise program on Monday. Monday has gotten a bad reputation of late because of all the things that are put off till then. How much better my life would be if I would fail in the area of procrastination. By taking the unpleasant things and doing them right away instead of putting them off till tomorrow would definitely improve my life then the dreaded wouldn’t be dreaded anymore.

I am so glad that our Lord did not put off the unpleasant and painful things. In Phillippians 2:8, we read, “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”  Christ chose to do what was needed at the time. He did not wait or negotiate with the Father. He submitted humbly and immediately to the will of the Father.  How often when I put things off I am filled with pride and disobedience? Is this a pattern that I need to break in my life?  I pray that when situations come I will submit to the Father’s will like Jesus did and not put off the unpleasantness for another day. I never associated procrastination with pride and disobedience before. Yet, when I wait on what I should do by doing what I want to do instead, I am acting in pride. I am saying that what I want is more important.

In Philippians 2:9, the next verse, we find that God exalted Jesus when He humbled himself and was obedient. I can’t help but think God will deepen our walk with Him and raise us to new heights when we follow and submit to Him as Jesus did.  I know in our life there are things that grab our attention and there are things and actions beyond our control. Our children’s and families’ needs should come first, but may we not follow our own will when we must follow the Father’s. He knows us exclusively and understands. Let us take these situations to Him for guidance.

I pray in my own life that while I may quote Miss Scarlet, I do not adapt my life to her life’s philosophy. When I think I should read God’s Word, I will take the time right then. If my child has a need, I will do all I can to take care of it immediately. I will start my diet and exercise today. I will write a new blog post and share what God has done for me today. Wait, I already did that! 🙂

I could write another one, then again “I’ll think about that tomorrow.”

The Deadly Duo

I’ve done it again. As I was elbows deep in a project at work, I found myself stopping what I was doing to make some minor adjustments to one of the columns of the form I was typing. It was not lined up perfectly. Perfectionism strikes again!!! Just when I think I have this particular problem licked, it pops up again.  The problem I am running across is not so much a perfection problem, but a problem in another area, pride. Ouch! The Deadly Duo strikes again!

When I work and work to perform perfectly, 100% of the time I have to deal with the issue of pride.  For as far back as I can remember I have dealt with the drive to be perfect. As a girl I was not skinny, I was not large either just kind of average. I was picked on by the skinny girls in school. I often wore my feelings on my sleeve so I guess I made an easy target. In high school, I struggled with school work. It would drive me nuts to miss a problem on a test and to miss more was heart breaking. The same girls I had dealings with in grade school followed me into high school. The pokes and prods were more subtle, but we both knew what they meant. The drive to achieve and be liked were my primary focus. I had given my life to God, yet these issues were a constant struggle. The perfection I was trying to attain was my down fall. When I did something just right, I tended to gloat over that saying to myself, “Just look what you have done!” 

Please, Please do not misunderstand what I am saying. I should always strive to do my best in whatever I undertake and when something is done well it gives me a good feeling inside. On the other hand, there is also an unhealthy pride that can cause me to filled up with myself and focus only on me, me, me.  My focus should not be on what I have done, but on what God has accomplished through me. My focus should always be on doing my best for God’s glory, so He will receive the praise and others will be pointed to Him. It is all about relinquishing control. Most recovering and acting perfectionists can tell the difference and can identify when pride is an issue or not. Let me share with you what God has shown me this week.

In the Word of God, we can find the answers we need to combat the sin of perfectionism and pride. While reading last week, I found a portion of Scripture that I had read before, but God opened my eyes and gave me new understanding on this familiar passage. In Galatians 3:3, we read, “Are ye so foolish  having  begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” Paul is addressing the problem the Galatians were having with Salvation. They were trying to add to what Christ had done on the cross, and reverting back to the law rather than having and acting in faith. Verse 3 continues with this thought, and that is how I had always viewed these verses. At once, I felt God asking me “Don’t you know you are being foolish? You have trusted me for the provision of Salvation, yet you are continually trying to perform perfectly in your flesh. It is time to give up control and trust me. You don’t have to be perfect. Let me work through you and leave the results to Me.”  His gentle voice went straight to my heart. I have been thinking and acting in the flesh (which is full of pride) and not in the Spirit. Maybe you are with me on this, and you struggle with this issue also. There is hope for you and me. The more I am filled up with Him; the less I am filled up with myself.

The question is “How do we combat these sins of perfectionism and pride?” As with any sin the first step is to recognize it for what it is and ask our Heavenly Father for forgiveness. When this first became an issue I did not want to recognize that this “drive to be perfect” was a sin. Pride again was rearing its ugly head. Recognition and acknowledgment is where we must begin. 

Secondly, Pray, Pray, Pray! When you find yourself tempted, pray for help. God has never turned away from us when we cried out to Him and He never will.  Psalm 18:6 reads, “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.”  God is waiting to hear from you. He doesn’t want you to struggle. He wants you overcome and you can through Him.

Thirdly, Search God’s Word and find Scripture that you can run to when you need it most. The following verses in Psalm 18 helped me, “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him… It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.”(Verse 30 & 32)  When we see what God can do through us, It is so much better than for us to try and do it for ourselves. His way is perfect, so we don’t have to try to be.  Praise Him! God is our help, our deliverer!

Combat the deadly duo with prayer and praise. You won’t be sorry.

It’s My Choice

Over the past several weeks I have been making a conscious effort to “Get Healthy.” I  began by making changes in my diet and also by joining the gym to get some much needed exercise. I have been reading articles, began to drink only water, green tea, and juice, and eating foods that are grilled or roasted.  These changes were hard for the first week or two. As I got used to the changes, I began to feel better and found that I had more energy. I even have shed 18 lbs. which my clothes have said, “Thank you”, to the extra room I have given them.  🙂  Physically, I have felt that the choices I have made are good for me. I think however that the choice I make with my time is the most important I will ever make. Just as I only have one body and I need to take care of it to the best of my ability. My day, just as yours, only has 24 hours in it. We all have the same amount of time.

The choices we make with our time will impact us and our surroundings. It is our decision on what to do with the time we have been blessed with. *(I was thinking along these lines when I was responding to my friend, Dionna, over at Emphasis on Moms as she commented on It’s my timeWhen I realized my comment was getting longer and longer, I decided to continue along these lines here. If you are looking for a great site for Moms, check it out!) 

As a mother, my choices not only affect me but also my family.  When my children were babies, they needed my constant attention. My every moment surrounded their every need. Even when they were sleeping, I always had at least one ear alert to every change in breathing, hiccup, snore, or cry. When I was sleeping, I slept lighter than I ever had before ready to answer all cries or calls. As they grew older, you would think that things would change. They were growing and maturing and able to handle more things on their own. Still, I am ready. Do I still hear them in the middle of the night? Yes. I choose to watch over them and be there to take care of them.

I have made the choice to teach them about God and the Bible.  Like Joshua in the Old Testament, I want those within my house to serve the Lord. It is so important to invest the time that was needed to teach them the ways of God.  I was thinking about the families in the Old Testament. They were directly responsible for teaching what God said to their children. They did go to the temple to worship. They had the priests and their leader, but they were commissioned by God to teach their children. In Deuteronomy 6:6-7, we read, “And these words, which I command thee this day shall be in thine heart:  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”  This teaching of God’s commandments was and is a 24/7 responsibility.  The Old Testament saints were diligent.

The choices that we make as parents today will impact the future of a nation. We do need to make a difference by witnessing in our communities, towns, states, nation and around the world yet,  let us never forget that the children in our homes need to be taught the ways of God from us. We can not rely on any one else to do it. Do we sit around with our children and grandchildren, and talk of the ways of God and his commands for us as the saints of old? or do we talk about everything else?  Are we sharing daily with our children the things we have learned at the feet of Jesus?

It is our Choice!

Open your eyes, Cat!

As I have already mentioned in a previous post, My cat, Marshmallow, had 6 kittens. You can call her an overachiever if you wish. She has not had a litter under 5 kittens to date.  I usually go out and visit with them when I get home from work in the afternoons. A couple of days ago, I discovered every one of them had their eyes open. This was an exciting time. Now they can look at me when I look at them. 

I also get excited when God shows me something from His word that I had not seen before. A few years ago, I heard for the first time a song entitled, “Open My Eyes, Lord”.

“Open my eyes, Lord. I want to see Jesus to reach out and touch Him and say that I love him. Open our ears, Lord and help us to listen. Open our eyes, Lord. We want to see Jesus.”

Through my personal walk with the Lord, I want to see Him.  In  Ephesians 5:15-16 we read, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time because the days are evil.”  “Circumspectly” is synonym for “carefully”.  We need to walk carefully with our eyes open to what the Lord has for us. In “Avoid ‘Cat’astrophe” I illustrated a cat walking on a board fence between two yards with dogs in each. The cat must walk “circumspectly” with her eyes open to the danger that surrounds her.  How often are our eyes open to the danger that surrounds us every day? The danger is real. We must carefully walk with wisdom and protect our families from the dangers of this world. We need to protect our testimonies as well. 

Those that oppose Christ would like nothing better than for the Christians to go from day to day with their eyes closed to what is going on in the world. We should not hunker down in our holy bunkers waiting for Christ to come back and take us away from it all.  The Bible tell us to “redeem the time.”  We must make full use of the time we have before the Lord  returns. Our calling as Christians is to win the world for Christ.  God has given us the opportunity to be a light shining in the darkness. It is time to take advantage of the moments of this life to reach out a helping hand to those who are hurting and in need, and man’s greatest need is the need of a Savior.  Are we spending our time wisely as the Scripture says to?

When we strive to go through this life with open eyes not only will we see Jesus, but also we will recognize more opportunities that He places in front of us.  Every day He brings people into our lives that need ministering to. You don’t have to be a pastor to minister. It is the responsibility of all Christians.  When we walk with open eyes and with wisdom, we can avoid the snares the enemy hopes to entangle us with. Jesus longs for us to follow Him closely. One of the first things my husband told me when we were walking in the woods was to step where he stepped. He told me this so I would be safe and out of harms way.  I imagine Jesus wants me to follow Him that way too.  By stepping where he steps my path ahead will  be cleared of danger and free from harm.

“Open our eyes, Lord we want to see Jesus”… and others too.

*I would like to highlight a devotion that follows Ephesians 5:8 which we discussed in my last post.  SelahV, at SBC Impact, has written an excellent post entitled “Ten Watts Short Of A Light Bulb”.

Avoid “Cat”astrophe–Part 2

I went on the porch last night to visit my cats. My cat, Marshmallow, had kittens about 2 weeks ago, and I wanted to check in on them. One of my cats, Tony, came running up to say, “Hi.”  Without hesitation I scooped him up. It was then I realized he had gotten into something that smelled terrible. I dropped him like a hot potato and went back inside to wash my hands. Tony was quite dejected and wondering why I dropped him so fast. Apparently, he did not notice his unsightly odor.

In continuing with my last post, I want to revisit the thought of our personal walk with the Lord.   I know in my own life so often I fail to walk as I should.  I struggle with sin and fail. I am stained by my sin and I am surrounded by it’s terrible odor.   In the book of Jeremiah, the Bible says that even our righteousness are as filthy rags. Can you imagine how bad our sins smell in the nostrils of  a Holy, Righteous God?  This makes it so important to keep a short sin account.  What I mean is we need to confess our sins every day. A friend of mine met a wonderful missionary by the name of Miss Bertha.  This missionary encouraged my friend to make a sin list by writing down all of her unconfessed sin in a notebook and praying over each one. (This was to be done in private.)   My friend testified how this dramatically changed her heart before the Lord.  As she began praying the Lord continued to show her the sins hidden in her heart.  She began to see her sin the way God saw her sin. After confessing her sin list, she had been instructed to burn it because once we confess our sins to God and ask forgiveness, He throws it in the sea of forgetfulness.  As I begin to ponder this method, I see the truth of what it can do in the life of a christian.  David, in the Psalms, proclaimed, “I acknowledge my transgression and my sin is ever before me.”  He put it in front of him and looked on it the way that God looked on it.  We often try to justify or lightheartedly look on our sin.

In Ephesians 5:1-2 we read, “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us , and hath given himself for us and offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.”  In the  verses that follow verse 2, Paul lists several sins to avoid. These are sins that can hinder our walk with the Lord. Then in verse 8, he declares, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:”  Before when I read this verse, I put an “in” in front of light in my mind (Example: Walk in light), but that is not what the verse says. The verse says we “are” light.  We are the light called to shine in the world.

Imagine a lantern on the front porch with a candle inside. Because it is outside it will get dusty from the wind and dirt from the road. The glass over time becomes dingy and dirty. Before long the light will not be as visible in the darkness. We need to take it down, grab a cloth and clean it so it will be useful to all who step on to the porch. It would be so much easier to clean if we cleaned it every evening rather than wait until the dirt and grime is so thick we cannot see into it.  The darkness of sin dims the light in our life.  We need to remove it from our life by confession. (1 John 1:9)  When we confess our sin, Christ does the cleansing.  He washes from us the stain and stench of sins, but he does not stop there. 1 John says he will “cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

That is just why my cat, Tony, needed me. He needed me to wash him thoroughly from the uncleanness and stench that was all over him.  He couldn’t do it himself. In fact, He came running up to the one who could do it.  In the same way, we need to run to our heavenly Father for thorough cleansing every day. Do I perform this as I should every day? No. But I am trying to do this.  I want to be clean before God, and I am watching more closely and trying to be more conscious of what I do and say. When I do sin, I know who to run to for cleansing.  When God looks at me and takes a breath, I want Him to inhale a sweet smelling savour not a foul stench.

I want to be sweet smelling to God. I want to be like Jesus. (Ephesians 5:2)

Avoid “Cat”astrophe!

Imagine a tall board fence between two large fenced in yards  on the left side of the fence is a large disgruntled pit bull and on the right side of the fence is a big black rottweiler who has not yet had his lunch then walking along the top of the fence is a cat carefully balancing her way along step by step. She can’t step too far to the right or the left. She must keep going till she safely passes through the danger to the other side where safety awaits, so the balancing act continues.

I was reminded of this story as I viewed Corry’s blog yesterday. (It is a picture of a cat and several dogs.) This picture shows the balancing act we try to perform on a daily basis.  In searching for balance in the Christian life we have discussed  the guidelines of “Pleasing God” and “Loving Others.” The third guideline we need to adopt is that of “Our personal walk with the Lord.” This concept builds on the other guidelines. Can we please God if our walk is not right? Can we love others the way we should if our attitude is full of anger, bitterness, or pride?

The book of Ephesians has much to say regarding how we should walk as a Christian and how we should act toward each other.  Paul in the Scriptures gives the first challenge the Ephesians to “Walk Worthy In Unity”.

Ephesians 4:1-3 reads, “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” 

First of all what does it mean to walk worthy. I looked up “worthy” in the dictionary and the definition is “having worth, value or merit; deserving”  I believe this has to do with knowing who you are in Christ.  When I repented of my sin and accepted the salvation  that was offered to me through Christ redemptive work on the cross, I became a child of God.  I became one of his own.  I was undeserving because of my sin nature, but through Christ I am accepted by God. When God looks at me, He sees not my righteousness, but the righteousness of Christ imputed or cast upon me by Christ himself.  It is not about me, but about who Christ is!  We have been made joint-heirs with Christ.  We are made right before God. We are made over in the righteousness in Christ.  Paul is telling us today to walk with merit and value in the place that God has called us to serve.  He has given us all something to do. 

We are unique individuals that is what makes us special in the body of Christ. We are uniquely equipped for a special purpose by God for the furthering of His kingdom. So we need to walk knowing our worth in Christ, but not letting it go to our head causing it to swell with pride. When we look back at verse 2, we see we are to walk with “lowliness, and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love.”  If we practice each one of these traits, we will be treating each other the way that Christ intended which is knowing our worth in Him and treating others with respect and love. 

Verse 3 wraps up the why of verse 1 &2.  We should practice these attitudes because we are working toward a common goal: Unity.  God wants his people to be unified in our goals, in our purpose, and in our dealing with each other. We should “endeavour” or work hard “to keep up the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  God wants his children to get along with each other.  This is not something that comes to us naturally.  It comes by each of us letting the love of Christ radiate through us.  I can do nothing outside of His grace and mercy, yet through Him these things are possible.  We must pray for and strive for unity.  The Bible tells us to live peaceably with all men. It sounds unrealistic to be at peace and in unity with everyone. We quote, “with God all things are possible,” but do we with faith grab hold of this concept and believe. With God, I can love the person who is unlovely. With God, I can be unified with my brothers and sisters in Christ.  With God, I can be at peace with all men.  We must move from possible to probable. Through Christ, it can happen!!!

“Watch your walk because your walk talks louder than your talk talks.”