This is my song.
I have been focusing on the fruits of the Spirit lately. As Sam and I read through Bob Goff’s “Everybody Always,” it has been good for me to re-evaluate how I’m doing with the fruits gauge. And interestingly enough, because this is how God works, one of our church devotions this week talked about the fruits and asked us to measure our effectiveness with each one.
Love – well, I’m working on it, thanks to the influence of this great book. I tend to love the bigger hurdles because they are big and don’t require the “down and dirty” of every day relationships, while I struggle with loving the irritants, the ones that are right in front of me.
Joy – I think I do pretty well with this one, although sometimes I do forget to be joyful in the dips of everyday life. Happiness is not joy. Happiness is fleeting at times. Joy is solid and concrete. Joy is IN SPITE OF…
Peace – I mostly have peace, although I find that my worry over my children and the state of our Union sometimes causes me to feel like I am on an internal roller coaster/too high swing/highway hill going 80 mph. I don’t like that feeling, and I have my Mom’s worry, the worry gene. Thanks A LOT, Mom. 🙂
Patience – I think I do pretty well with patience these days. I have learned that I cannot change some things in life, and I have learned to accept as is. Divorce and bottom of the barrel will do that to a person. I guess it’s one thing that was “beauty for ashes” or “Potter and clay.”
Kindness – I think I am mostly kind. I cannot think of any situations where I am not. Where I struggle is the absence of kind, the leaving it to someone else to be kind…
Goodness – I think I am mostly good, although my inner thoughts sometimes get the better of me, and I remember my Mom telling me that my thoughts are as deadly as my actions.
Faithfulness – Hmmm, gotta work on this one. Having faith, being faithful, I think, is a lifelong lesson. There are many areas where I struggle with this one.
Gentleness – Except for when I am frustrated, I have this one down. When my hormones get the best of me in frustration, I throw gentleness out the window, along with kitchen utensils, right, Sam?
Self-Control – THIS IS MY STORY THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE, in so many areas of my life. I do not exhibit self-control on a daily basis, especially when it comes to my mouth, my thoughts, my actions.
I want my story, my song, to be one continual Blessed Assurance, a song that never ends. I am grateful today for gentle reminders from the Holy Spirit that I should live the fruits of the Spirit in every action, every word, every thought.