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On Becoming

May 29, 2017

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On Becoming

Years ago,  I earned my way  through college  by working  in a nursing home.     Some of the residents were cranky,  mean,  and complaining  about just about everything.     For instance,  one resident used  to antagonize his bedridden roommate  by wiping his privates  on his roommate’s  personal towel.   He would also  eat the goodies  that his bedridden roommate  had received  from his family.     When questioned  about these activities,  the problematic roommate  would deny everything  and sneeringly pretend  to be innocent.     That describes only a couple  of the problems  that one particular resident caused.

On the other hand,  some of the residents  were so wonderfully kind,  considerate,  and loving  that they demonstrated their faith,  even in their pain.     An example of that  was a 98 year old woman  with bone cancer.     The cancer had destroyed  a large section  of the bone  in her forehead.     But,  she always had a smile.     Love was a radiant glow  on her face.     She always thanked the aides  who assisted her.     And,  she always did her utmost  to be helpful  while being assisted.     Not only that,  but she cheered on other residents,  giving them hope  with her loving faithfulness.

So,  what makes the difference?

We don’t get mean and cranky  just because we’re getting old  and are  in a painful condition.     We don’t become tyrants  just because  we had an unfortunate incident  in our childhood.     Each person gradually  —  day by day  —  thought by thought  —  becomes  what they will finally end up being.     How do we want to be  in our end days?

You can see the direction  you’re growing in  just by observing yourself.

If we practice selfishness,  in the end  we will be the epitome  of selfishness.     The same goes for love,  hate,  kindness,  meanness,  gentleness,  anger,  charitableness,  greed,  lying,  etc.

Paul says in Galatians 6:7-10,   “Do not be deceived,  God is not mocked;  for whatever a man sows,  this he will also reap.     For the one who sows  to his own flesh  will from the flesh  reap corruption,  but the one who sows  to the Spirit  will from the Spirit  reap eternal life.     Let us not lose heart  in doing good,  for in due time  we will reap  if we do not grow weary.     So then,  while we have opportunity,  let us do good  to all people,  and especially to those  who are  of the household  of the faith.”

Note how Paul says  in Galatians  “whatever a man sows”.     People play a part  in planting  and nurturing  what grows in them.     Life’s circumstances  don’t dictate  what grows  in our hearts.     And one can’t blame  the devil  for everything either.

Corrie ten Boom told about the time she spent  in one of Hitler’s  concentration camps.   Her sister complained bitterly  about the lice infestation  of their quarters.     But Corrie  could only be thankful  for the lice.     Why?     The lice  kept the guards  from molesting them.     Thank God for lice!

So,  what happens in life  needs to be viewed  from our heavenly Father’s  perspective.     We cannot allow seeds  of bitterness,  hatred,  greed,  or anger  to become planted  in our hearts  and minds  just because  of really tough circumstances.     If we do nurture  such evil seeds,  we will only be smothering  our every good seed  that has been planted  in us.

Through His word,  God plants  a whole bunch  of good seeds  in us.     Like Corrie ten Boom,  these are the ones  we need  to nourish.    There are seeds  of faith  as we remember  how God is faithful  in keeping all  of His promises.     Seeds of love  are nurtured  as we dwell  on Jesus’ love  for us.     Seeds of contentment grow  as we thank God  for His daily care.     Seeds of patience grow  as we thank God  for His patience  with us.

Paul says in Ephesians 4:15,   “Speaking the truth  in love,  we are to grow up  in all aspects  into Him  who is the head,  even Christ.”     Growing up  in Christ  needs to be  a daily endeavor.

Peter gives the same advice  in 2 Peter 3:18,   “Grow  in the grace  and knowledge  of our Lord  and Savior  Jesus Christ.”

It’s spring time  —  time to pull out the weeds  —  and time to plant  and nurture  good seeds, saying,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for the good seed  of Your word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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