Nothing about being a Christian is intuitive. What I think and do naturally is not of God. Yes, I’ve done some good over the years, but if not by the Spirit of God, even those actions are tainted with pride and self-righteousness. Oh no, Sheila’s throwing a pity party and she’s asking us to join her! Not at all. This is not surprising news. I’m perfectly happy admitting any real good comes through the Holy Spirit. Living in the Bible Belt, for years I was immersed in the belief that going to church regularly, paying my tithes, volunteering, helping my neighbor, all would gain another star in my crown. Now, I realize all these are wonderful traits, but if not the works of the Spirit, then I am no more than a modern-day Pharisee. Good works show God at work, not me. Thank you, Lord!
Pride and Pomposity
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Interesting that I was thinking this morning about the fact that God in me is the only way I can do the right thing in difficult times. I have been reading Steven Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” and it is like a review my life in a way. His book really shows how Christian’s should behave without mentioning God only rarely. Be proactive, begin with the end in mind, first things first, think win/win, seek first to understand then be understood, synergize and then change and grow. I am flawed….but then we all are….yet it has been amazing to think back on circumstances I thought were impossible but remember that I (sometimes finally) took the right steps, made the right moves…listened to God in me! It brings such peace to view every human as His child and know that regardless present circumstance, God as the perfect parent will work with each child in the most effective way and at the perfect time. Thanks much!!!