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Lately I’ve been retaught a few things in a hard way. I share them now not to be rude or point fingers…that’s not really possible this way anyway…but to reaffirm them to myself.
First, I’ve realized once again that you never know how much time you have with someone. You never know when you will not be there to help him or her anymore, or him or her, to help you. It hit me that with my child, therefore, I should not spend too much time being angry or wasting time, but that I should focus on leading her to Christ and teaching her HOW to think. HOW to think, so that when she is out of my reach, she won’t have a giant hole that no one can fill. Lead her to Christ, so He can fill it.
Second, words are powerful. Words spoken in anger are words that have no cause other than to hurt. If you need to say something, let it be said in love. I think there are many things that wouldn’t be said if people were only allowing love to guide them, as some things simply can’t be said in love.
Third, just because YOU feel strongly about something does not mean God is leading you to do it. Just because you can find people who agree with your stance does not mean God is leading you to do it. I have found, in fact, that a few things I know God wanted me to do I was dreadfully opposed to doing. I could easily have found people who would advise me not to. However, I knew in my heart what was the right thing. NOT because it felt good. NOT because I wanted it so badly myself. NOT out of my own selfishness. I am not at all boasting, because the truth is, I would have done anything to not make the choice I made. Just because I have a brilliant plan I could put into action does not mean it’s God’s plan. MY ideas, thoughts, dreams, and actions are not infallible simply because I am a Christian.
Lastly, sin is sin. It is damaging because it is sin. None of us can look at others and think we are any better than they. We just aren’t. Throwing stones is easy when you think you’re somehow perfect, but impossible when you know you aren’t.
That’s all I’m asking from you.
|—||One Day at a Time (song), Kitty Wells|