It’s Good Friday! I’m still meditating on the Lord Jesus and celebrating the death, burial and resurrection through song.
I am not a great dancer. I have never claimed to be but I sure do like to move to music. Sometimes I wonder how David danced when he danced out of his clothes.
Love is so much more than words. Love has everything to do with our relationship with Christ and with each other. It is never about like but always about love in the body of Christ. God commands us to love, demonstrated love and expects us to do the same. Tough love is tough at times but there is no escaping it. If I do not have love I am nothing but a noisy instrument.
My lips are sealed as I am reading the book Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman. It has been convicting me and blessing me at the same time. I am trying to live purposefully on pitch for God in every area of my life and this book highlights an area I can always improve in. There is much to be said about the power of our words and our thoughts. I went to Bible study and my pastor taught us about the lying tongue. I felt like a wounded soldier on the battlefield. I realized both my heart and my mouth were in need of repair. How do I not despair when I think about the cuts, bruises, damages caused by me and words I’ve said or thoughts I ‘ve had? Thank God for providing healing through scriptures and wisdom through instruction. There IS hope, there IS first aid, there IS a balm in Gilead (and in California). To live on pitch I need to seal these lips, examine my motives, and sometimes just don’t speak at all. What’s your favorite scripture to remind you of what not to say? How do you keep your lips sealed?
I like fashion and style. One of my favorite shows to watch on style was called What Not To Wear. I enjoyed watching the transformations and education on what NOT to wear. Have you ever had a fit over an outfit? Clothing sure gets a lot of attention in church and sometimes we are too quick to judge by what people wear or don’t wear. Now I will admit there have been times when I too was distracted by some extreme church attire and rushed to judge someone too harshly or too quickly. As a corporate worshipper I am constantly reminded of the responsibility to stay focused on God and not on a pair of shoes or clothing. I learned how to dress for the occasion of worship one day when I found myself in front of a closet full of clothes, shoes and accessories asking the question, what am I going to wear to church? Not even realizing the blessing of having a choice, I changed a few times after becoming frustrated. I couldn’t find the right shoes, sleeves, or jacket that fit. I was busy making sure things weren’t too tight, too low, too short, you know covering all my basis of the “toos.” Time did not appear to be on my side but the Holy Spirit stepped in to act as my personal stylist. He showed me through scripture, just how good I looked wearing godly character in Colossians 3: 12-17. Tender mercies, kindness and humility are always in style. Meekness and longsuffering match perfectly. Bearing with one another and forgiveness comes in every color and size. Peace and love are a true fit for any occasion. I was quickly reminded of the spiritual things I needed to put on versus the material things. Getting dressed now is easier when I consider what I am to clothe myself in for worship. I no longer have fits over an outfit. Now that’s what I call Living On Pitch.
I found out recently I had a heart condition and I didn’t have to go the doctor to be diagnosed. I noticed some of the symptoms early on that started to weigh me down.