Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Philipians 4:8-9 (New King James Version)
It’s not always easy… What happens on one of those days when it seems that all that could go wrong has gone wrong? You’ve overslept. You’re late (again). You end up missing one deadline after another and had to put in more hours to make up for lost time. You suddenly end up with the sniffles and you just don’t feel like taking another step. What will you take home with you?
What will you be thinking of on your way home? A way to get even with a team member who dropped the ball? The come-back you wished you had thought of when a colleague was rude to you? The perfect defence for your less than stellar performance on your project? All the reasons you should have stayed home today? What will you take home with you?
We don’t always have the days we dream of. Sometimes life happens and the results aren’t exactly what we were hoping for. When the rubber meets the road and the pressure becomes hard to handle, what is the first thing that comes to mind? What do you feed on all day? What do you take home with you?
Does the wound hurt so badly that it blinds you to opportunities around you? Do you take that “I don’t care” attitude because you were wronged? What about those who need your help? Are you willing to swallow pride and lend a helping hand? What will you take home with you?
The word of God teaches us to focus our attention on those things that are noble, just, pure, lovely and of good report. … And the God of peace will be with us. We have different kinds of days but the word remains constant… We don’t always get what we want but we have God’s promise that He is always with us. When trouble goes out of its way to find you and make life miserable for you, what do you tap into to help you deal with the pressures? You can choose to renew your mind (Romans 12:2) or you can choose to plot revenge. The choice is all yours. What will you take home with you today?
Father, thank You for the instructions You give us in Your words. Help us to remember these words whenever we are tempted to respond in the flesh. Help us to speak words that are encouraging and uplifting even when we are being unfairly treated. We know that our current situation is not permanent but at times it is less comfortable than we want it to be. Help us to respond as Christ would and to represent You in all we do. Our lives are in Your hands. Help us to model you wherever we are and in whatever circumstance we face. Amen.
Toni R (c)