I have a confession to make. I am an absolute control freak. I also have to admit that I have a very obsessive-compulsive personality. There is a way that is right. There is an order that things are to be in.
I comfort myself with the fact that God is a God of order. I often have to remind myself that He is not shoving order down our throat. We are never forced to do anything. But whatever we are to do we are to do it with joy and thanks giving for God.
It’s kind of funny when I stop and think sometimes. The pressure that I put on myself and the stress that I caused. It doesn’t have to be that way. Instead of getting myself all puffed up and bent out of shape because of what someone says or how something goes I can just rest and no that God is in control.
In times of trouble or trial I can remember the many times that God had compassion. I can remind myself of those times God showed Mercy. I can remind myself of how Jesus went with joy to the cross.
The other day as I was standing in line at the grocery store I was singing. A little tune from worship service. The cashier looked tired but she smiled and was so very appreciative of the peace that she said she could see about me.
It’s not about me. I often say that. I often remind my children. Everything that happens isn’t always for us. I think of some of those times and I wonder if there are opportunities that I have missed. If instead of furthering the gospel there have been times that I have offended the gospel. Or even used it improperly because of something I thought or felt at the time.
What is our spirit? Do we trust God that He is really in control all the time? And as we are reaching out are we doing so with love and compassion? I pray that is I share God’s goodness what others I do so with a heart full of love and not spite or selfishness . Because it can be so easy to do something with the wrong intentions. It can be so easy to be proud of what we know and to think ourselves better than another because of what we know.
Jesus loves them. He loves us. He is always patient and compassionate. Are we doing the same?