Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:12-15
Recently, I must admit, that I have been feeling a little dry like a well that no longer has water to draw from. I know that I have water within the well, but when I dip my bucket down to start writing, it has come up bone dry. I have felt that I must write with precision, that my words must be impactful. However, this has caused me to have a writer’s block. Therefore, I haven’t written for some time. What could I write that might make a difference in someone’s life when there is so much negativity occurring around us.
So, I have dipped my bucket into another well, one that never runs dry and always fills as well as cleanses. I have spent little bits of time throughout the day reading God’s Word. The Bible refreshes my soul every time I invest studying scripture. It reminds me of the behaviors that God not only desires for me and His followers to conduct, but He has given us the Holy Spirit to empower us to do those good things!
My second admission is that someone who I live with is ill. She is ill with Alzheimers, a disease that can turn people angry and aggressive. I have read that it is because of the fear and confusion that they are feeling. Her behaviors rapidly switch back and forth like flipping a light switch on and off. It can be very difficult at times. I rely on the strength of the Holy Spirit to enable me to forgive, be patient and loving to her. I choose to let the peace of Christ rule in my heart (Col. 3:15). It feels so much better to allow the Holy Spirit to fill me with compassion and bind us in His perfect harmony, then to allow division, anger and frustration to destroy.
I read the following prayer recently and I would like to share it because I related to it and thought perhaps you might as well.
“Lord, I have been thinking that what I do does not matter. I have been guilty of dividing my life into the secular and the sacred. I realize now that it is all sacred to You. Everything I do can be a spiritual experience if I do it for Your glory – “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). I choose to do all to the glory of God. What a privilege to serve You, Jesus. I am reporting for duty. Love, Pastor Jeff Schreve, From His Heart Ministries”
For further reading: 1 Corinthians 1