“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”
~ Dolly Parton
My husband says I hold grudges. And my mom agreed. I do, I guess. I would say it’s my biggest flaw. Well, I’m not perfect. I wish I was more like my mother. She is so forgiving. I’ve seen people do her wrong and be ugly to her, and she responds with love and kindness. I’ve thought so many times, how does she do it? And why can’t I be more like her? That’s her spiritual gift, and I guess mine was being creative. So, it’s a struggle for me sometimes to immediately respond with love and forgiveness. I know that’s what Jesus expects of me, but why is it so hard? I’m thankful Jesus does not hold grudges. I’m afraid he would be mad at me for something all the time. Last night we were studying from the book of John, and it’s the story where the scribes and Pharisees bring an adulterous woman before Jesus and remind Him of the law of Moses that she is to be stoned to death. Now, I’ve read and heard this story man times, but last night my eyes were opened to something I hadn’t realized before. Jesus stoops down and begins writing something in the ground. None of us know what it is that He wrote, but I dare say it was powerful enough to convict these scribes and Pharisees. And then this happens…
“…he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”
~ John 8:7-11
I love that whatever it is that Jesus wrote was enough to change their hearts. I love that He makes all of us realize that none of us are without sin. I love that He doesn’t condemn us. And I love that He holds us accountable to not commit the same sins again. So this is what I strive for…to be more like Jesus.
Happy New Year! I hope your new year is off to a wonderful start. Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? I did not. I have, however, had 2 quotes on my mind that seem fitting for a new year. The first is from Mother Teresa when she said, “God has not called me to be successful. He called me to be faithful.” It’s easy to get caught up wanting to be more successful, make more money or move up the ladder, but there is much more value in being faithful to what God has called us to do.
The second quote, well, I don’t know who said it, but it goes like this, “Bloom Where You Are Planted”. I think about this often when I start to question why I am where I am or why God doesn’t want me here or why He can’t use me there. And He reminds me to bloom where I am planted…to let Him use me exactly where He has put me. So, this all leads into my scripture for this week, taken from the book of Esther…
“…and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
~ Esther 4:14
God put Esther exactly where He needed her to be at an exact time so that He could use her to do what He needed done. And He does the same for you and me. He doesn’t need us to get a task done, but how cool is it that He can use us? Pretty awesome. Welcome 2017!
I hope you had a truly blessed Christmas and experienced the real meaning of this special occasion. I wanted to share our Christmas card with you, and the verse on it that seems so appropriate for today! Happy birthday Jesus!
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”
~ Luke 2:10