Let’s be honest. Monday’s are hard but I don’t hate them. Monday’s have never done anything to me. They are hard on holidays when everyone, well not everyone, is actually off work. They are hard when I tell myself I’m getting up early to go the gym and my bed doesn’t want to let me go. I don’t blame Monday’s for that. That’s an issue I’m still working on. Pray saints. I love to sleep in but work duty usually calls after the weekend and it’s no surprise year after year Mondays keep showing up, just like every other day of the week. I view Monday’s as my focus days. I must push myself to focus on what’s ahead for the week at the same time look back on how I made it to another Monday. I love it when my Sunday worship prepares me for my Monday worship and the cycle continues. We have to find our fearless every Monday and make a point to take time to reflect on our attitudes about starting a new work week. For me I make adjustments as many times as necessary to choose love over hate. I must choose to stay positive and productive to keep moving along. I need that and others around our workplace and offices do too, especially on Mondays. Join me today and Thank God for Mondays!
I Corinthians 13 reminds me that love keeps no record of wrong. I pondered this passage of scripture and asked myself, what records have I been storing up on the hard drive of my heart? Can I create more room to love? I think so, according to the Bible. It’s time to delete some things and let go!
Prayer: Dear Lord, delete messages I try to keep on file, give me a big eraser and remove the tendency to rewind tapes that replay hurt feelings, anger, hatred and fear. Soften my heart to love the way you love. Amen.
I have received so many e-mail messages on love this week. The messages are mostly advertisements to remind me to buy something to celebrate, surprise, amaze, cherish my true love and my sweetheart. Chocolate, fruit, nice dinners, and jewelry are all fine but they are not the greatest gifts. The best messages of love come from how we live our lives according to God’s word. The Bible says love is not arrogant or rude and doesn’t insist on its own way. Love isn’t envious or boastful. Love never ends. One of my favorite songs about love says “by this men will know that we are Christ disciples” When I give love away with a message of hope and faith I am sending the right message. God’s love always amazes me. I am blood-bought, not dipped in chocolate bought or nice restaurant bought, or even bling bought. I cherish the fact God so loved me that He gave His only son for me. I have tasted and seen the sweetest of love in my walk with God from the moment I invited Jesus into my heart. I invited Him in and God ignited me to live on pitch for Him. That’s my love story and I’m giving this message of love, faith and hope away today. God so loves you too. Invite Jesus into your heart and you will receive the greatest gift of love!
Growing up in church I heard many people refer to PK’s which meant a pastor’s/preacher’s kid. PK’s were often labeled and watched constantly. I was glad I wasn’t one when I was growing up but now that I am older I understand being a PK was not a bad thing at all. Christians are often labeled and watched by the world. I read I Corinthians 13:4 and it says love is patient and kind, it does not envy or boast. It is not arrogant. It made me think about two simple words: patient and kind. I asked myself are you patient and kind? Are you a PK type of person? I realized showing love as a daughter of my heavenly Father requires me to live and love in a different kind of way. Uniquely defined love is patient and kind.
Prayer: Lord help me to be more like you today. Amen
Oops I did it again. I walked by the various booths in the expo hall where I saw lots of good things. I stopped at a table that had two shirts on them. One said good, the other said bad. I chose bad almost immediately, not just because they were out of my size in the good shirts but because that’s the message I chose to display to the world. While the purpose of the t-shirt giveaway was to promote a TV show, I had no real specific purpose for choosing the shirt that said bad. I thought deeper about my choice. Was that really a good choice? I decided after receiving my free shirt that I needed to use this advertisement in a way that will honor God. I thought to myself “go on with yo bad self” and decided that promoting God’s goodness was a good choice and most definitely a better choice. God is always good and He loves and accepts me even when I choose bad over good. From t-shirts to the everyday testing of my faith I am sending a message about the goodness of God. So today, I am wearing a shirt that says bad but feeling good all because of God’s amazing love and grace.
Psalm 86:5 (ESV) For you O Lord are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Psalm 145:9 (ESV) The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.
I found myself saying we’re going to do this my way as I sat down to work on a project with friends. My way was ok but it wasn’t the only way. When I stopped to listen to others and look at the project in a different way it became clear that my way wasn’t exactly the right way. I learned a good lesson that day. I learned that whenever I say it’s my way or the highway, that it is never God’s way. The Bible says love does not insist on its own way. Which way have you been going?