We are children loved by our Father. We have His attention at all times. He wants only what is best for us. That does not mean He pampers us or gives us everything we want. As members of the Lord’s family, we are given work to do. We are not only His children we are His servants and have responsibilities.
He is clear about how we are to behave and how we are to go about our work. I have to admit I don’t always find it easy to follow Jesus’ example. I fall short more often than not. This time of year can be troublesome and challenging for this child.
I would like to say I rarely quarrel with anyone but that’s not quite true. I just have arguments with them at home when I am by myself.
I like to think of myself as kind but too often there are needs that I just don’t see. Then there are those two words after be kind…to everyone. Everyone? That’s what the Word says.
As for teaching, I have little talent for instructing others though I do try to be a good example. But sometimes I fail in that big time.
Then we come to being patient with difficult people. I am fairly patient with them, except when I am not…and that does happen. Maybe I would be more patient if I would remember…I can be difficult and need the patience of others.
This time of year I find myself asking for forgiveness in all the above more often than in other seasons. I wonder why that is? I can rationalize my behavior but the bottom line is being a servant does not come naturally to me and during the Christmas season I am often the difficult one wanting to be served rather than serve.
I am trying not to quarrel, to be kind and teach,
to be patient with difficult people.
It takes time and thought and prayer.
I am thankful that I am loved. I am thankful that I am forgiven.
I am most thankful that there is a Christmas season.
Blessing this day of grace,