I am amazed by the beauty of life that God has put before me. LIFE!! Purpose! And an amazing responsibility to embrace those things. Too often I rush around doing my own thang (yes, I know "thang" is not a real word - haha!) and expect God to bless my efforts. *Sigh* I know I am not alone in that part of the journey. Sometimes we put so much effort into getting things right and perfect that we miss the process of what we are doing. I am learning it is in the process itself where God teaches me what I needed to learn from the situation. The process! How many times do we just do something to get to the end of it so we can move onto something else?
The process. The attitude in which we begin working in the process says a lot about our character and unfortunately our pride. What I am learning is pride has no place in walking in obedience to the Lord. A prideful attitude is an open window to sin. (OUCH!) The motive that I begin working in the process says a lot about my heart, and what I really want from it. Am I going through this process to just the prize at the end, or am I proceeding through to learn what God has planned for me to learn? (Double OUCH)
What matters most in what I am personally learning right now? That God is the creator of all things good, and I am one of those! So are you! There are lessons to be learned everyday, from each thing that I am to tackle for the day. From cleaning the living room, washing clothes, cooking meals, sitting being quiet while reading scripture, embracing the giggles from the kids, and simply living an unselfish life.
57 May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us. 58 May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors. 59 And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need, 1 Kings 8:57-59 NIV
As you go through the process, may we always remember what matters most!