Recently, my granddaughter was ‘reprimanding’ her younger brothers, most especially the youngest. Although she is only 10 years old, she has a great bit of wisdom and can be quite authoritative. Some might say that she’s just bossy, as bossy as big sisters can be!
It all started because the little one who is as authoritative as his big sister, even demanding at times, did not feel much like sharing. He was having such a moment that he was attempting to destroy a shared toy instead of having to share it. While they were having this discussion, more of a lecture session about the boys’ behavior and how “unappreciative” they seemed to her, she stopped suddenly. Although there was a bit of shakiness in her voice, a great calm seemed to come over her. She let out a large sigh and said, “You know, I love you so very much but that was just wrong.” It was as though Compassion walked into the room.
That love, gentleness…compassion she exhibited on that day is the same love, gentleness and compassion we all should have for each other. The Bible tells us, “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.” (Psalm 145:8) Since the Lord is so full of compassion toward us; because He loves us so very much, we should behave in the same Christ-like manner toward each other. We should take pause in our interactions with each other, let out a large sigh and say, “I love you.”
There are many depictions of what Christ looks like; compassion is one of them. Who do you look like?
~ Lisa Martin Benson
The next chapter of your life begins now. But it starts with FREEDOM from past hurts, shame and pain. My name is Chiquita and Speaking Against Abuse was birth because of the PASSION I have to help others that’s been abused. Prepare yourself for encouraging words and uplifting scriptures daily. Your FREEDOM will come when the chains of bondage are broken!
We’ve heard them and even countless times over made them ourselves. Year after year, we were sure what our resolutions for the New Year would be. Although we may have started out well and had good intentions to continue we oftentimes missed the mark. The same may hold true for many this year as well, we will make the resolution and then find ourselves having no resolve. However, before making any resolutions, if you make any, you should ask yourself, “What does it mean for me to make a New Year’s resolution?” “How will a New Year’s resolution change my life for the better?”
There are many ways in which we would like to make a resolution and have it fulfilled. We may try to re–solve, rather, again deal successfully with issues such as losing weight, quitting smoking, spending more time with family and the like.
Although there is nothing wrong with making a decision to change our lives, particularly for the better, none of those things can come to pass without putting some things into action. Virtually any physician you ask about weight loss will tell you with proper food nutrition and exercise you can attain healthy and attractive results. No matter how difficult it is to stop smoking, “All things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). And as challenging as it may be to spend more time with your family, it can be done. What we all must remember is PRIORITY. Put what, rather Who, is most important first and everything else will follow. The word of God says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) Ask God, first, what He desires of you, for your life. Seek after Him; seek His face; seek to be in His presence; seek to please Him before pleasing yourself or anyone else. When you seek God first, all those resolutions, hopes and dreams will pale in comparison to the resolve you will have with God.
Allow God, in this New Year, to bring about a new you!
~ Lisa Martin Benson