As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3 (NIV)
This was one of those days that I wish I could start over or maybe even cancel altogether. No, seriously, if I could crawl back into bed and pull the covers over my head and cancel today that would be my choice. This has been a discouraging and depressing day, that is for sure. Why is that? What was so bad about today? You saw today. Yes, I did. You know my thoughts. You heard my words. You saw my actions. Yes, I did. Was there something you didn’t like about your thoughts, words and actions? I don’t like anything about my thoughts, words or actions of today. Why is that? I started the day out by being crabby and it went downhill from there. How so? I was so impatient. I was completely opinionated. I was full of pride. There was nothing about my thoughts or words or deeds that was humble and gentle. I did not patiently bear with others. I didn’t listen well. I was quick to speak. Instead, it was more like I wanted to crush others in a debate. I wanted to win the argument. I would have to sadly say that I was full of myself today. I don’t like that one bit, not at all. So, there is nothing good about today? This day cannot be redeemed? This day cannot be used, even by me, is that right? I wouldn’t go that far. With you anything is possible. You can redeem this day. You can make this day count for something. Yes, I can.
Do you think you lived your life today in a manner that is worthy of your calling? No, I did not live my life today in a manner that is worthy of my calling. Isn’t that an important lesson? Isn’t that something valuable for you to recognize? Yes, it is a valuable lesson and an important realization. You are also confessing to me that you missed the mark. You went off course. You made mistakes. You sinned. You are asking for my forgiveness. Yes, I am asking for your forgiveness. You are forgiven. The day is not over. What will you do with the rest of your day? I will keep on moving forward with you. I will keep on asking you to develop humility and patience and gentleness in me. Have I not been doing that for you? Will I continue to do that in you? Will I help you to live a life worthy of my calling every day as you follow and serve me? Yes Lord, I know that you will continue to do your work in me as I live my life with and for you. That is very good.
Lord, I have not had a good day. I have been argumentative. I have been opinionated. I have been filled with pride. I have not been patient. I have not been gentle. Forgive me. Help me to live a humble and gentle and patient life that is worthy of my calling. Amen
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