Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NIV)
Unresolved conflict. The churning within that promotes seething. The bile of bitterness welling up to choke off words. The cancer that eats away the softness of the heart and leaves stone in its place. Seek humility. Seek the face of Grace. When our own need of Him is seen, we suddenly look at others with more forgiving eyes. How could I not forgive while He so readily forgives me? This doesn’t make what the other person did right. It makes me right with God. Leave the judgment in the hands of the Divine Judge.
As the calendar advances and summer begins to fade, there is a sudden energy in the air. New beginnings bring excitement and a little uncertainty. New schools, new teachers, new friends, new schedule. Routine. It’s a beautiful thing. Time to finally unpack the vacation suitcases. The air becomes more crisp, less soggy. The leaves begin their seasonal dance of starting to change into their brightly colored foliage. The mornings have become brisk warming to pleasant. The world magically blooms in pumpkin.
Poor in spirit. Abject poverty. Nothing to bring to God. Well, nothing good anyway. What does He want from me? Everything. All the good, all the bad, all the ugly. Better rent the big truck to haul this stuff away from the rooms of my heart. What do I get in return for giving Him everything? Lavish abundance. Beyond my wildest beyond. The wildest of my wildest dreams. Himself. The Owner of it all.