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Sin as a chronic condition June 29, 2014

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At the doctor’s office where I work as a medical receptionist, patients often come in for what are termed “CCVs”. CCV stands for “chronic condition visit”. Certain chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and other conditions that have an increased risk of causing comorbid conditions require tight monitoring by one’s primary care physician. Depending on the severity of the condition, the PCP (primary care physician) may advise the patient to come in for blood tests or blood pressure checks each month. Typically, CCVs occur every three or six months.

Each day I am appalled at the behavior of the patients who come in or call the office. Without going into too much detail, I have determined that my biggest frustration with my job is not the job itself. It is that a lot of the people are reflections of the selfish society we live in. I have alluded to this before on this blog, I believe, but most patients do not seem to care that each doctor has hundreds, even thousands of other patients beside themselves, and have difficulty accepting that what they want done will not get done right away.

In my life, there have been two types of people I have never gotten along with–flashy materialistic people and selfish people, Even at my worst I have been extremely generous, knowing that, even in my frustration with my circumstances at any given time, I have more than a lot of other people, and that in due time God will bless me with what He knows I can handle. (More on that shortly). Although, thanks to my hard-working parents, I enjoyed a very comfortable living, I did not show it off with expensive clothes or shoes. A waste of money–what’s in style one day won’t be the next. I don’t have the time or patience to keep up with fads. (Although every now and then the woman in me kicks up strong and I find myself eyeballing a Michael Kors bag or an expensive pair of shoes :-).

The influence of the devil in our society is getting more prevalent each day and I do not know HOW people are missing it. Have people not noticed how self-absorbed people are? How we can’t even be safe sending our kids outside to play out of fear that some pervert is going to come and take them away to do God knows what? We can’t even be safe sending our kids to school, without the fear that someone is going to come into the school with a machine gun, or that some sicko teacher is going to try to seduce our kids?

Do people notice that when they were growing up it was rare to hear a curse word on television and that we never saw a bare body part?

Sin has become extremely pervasive and it it is disappointing to me that people are not acknowledging the fact that we have kicked God out of our society and let the devil jump right on it and get comfy. Sin has become a chronic condition in our lives and we have to take the steps to make sure it does not cause comorbid conditions. For us Christians we have to use whatever resources we have and need to make sure that the ways of the world do not become the ways of our lives. We have to go to our pastors if we need to (and not the type of pastor you see on Preachers of LA–a pastor who loves the Lord with all his heart and lives his life accordingly). We need to use our other Christian brothers and sisters as resources as well–learn to love and trust one another to where we can turn to each other when we are weak. Pray for the strength of our Christian brothers and sisters to continue to walk with the true and living God despite what the world says is okay. Read the Bible and have verses ready to combat your human emotions as you go throughout your day–I personally have to have several close by (either written out or on my tablet  Bible nearby) to remind me to “sin not” when I get angry at work.

Our Christian CCV to combat our sin nature, which can easily be exacerbated by this world, has to include regular worship with the saints (“forsaken not the assembling of the saints!”), prayer, study, and leaning on one another. Just like medical CCVs occur regularly, so should ours. Conditions such as diabetes and hypertension require daily modifications to one’s life, whether it be medication-related or dietary. So too are the lives of Christians to be modified to reflect the “new man” (or woman) we have become upon accepting Christ.

I know that it is hard. In my job, I often find myself boiling with anger with something I would have said ten years ago in my reckless days right on the tip of my tongue. I pray every day for the strength of my brothers and sisters in Christ. I request your prayers as well.

To end on a good note, my testimony that with obedience your prayers will be answered: The Cobalt I was driving died yet again. We were faced with the decision of getting the engine fixed (thousands of dollars). It was frustrating, but the opportunity presented to get another car, and we did. Not brand new, but BEAUTIFUL, and I LOVE IT. Safe, clean, affordable. Also, we have been praying for a bigger home for our children. We got that too. Not our dream house of the future, but it IS our dream house for NOW. Affordable, decent location, space for the kids to run and play in the house.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY, FOREVER AND EVER! AMEN!

 

Happy Father’s Day! June 15, 2014

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This is truly one of my favorite holidays.

Sadly, not all dads deserve celebration today. I wish to say Happy Father’s Day to those stand-up men who didn’t take the easy way out. Happy Father’s Day to the men who are not afraid to say that Jesus is their Master, their Lord and Savior. Happy Father’s Day to those men who do not shirk the responsibility that comes along with being the head of the household. Happy Father’s Day to the men who go to work eight, ten, twelve hours a day to support their families. Happy Father’s Day to the men that love their wives as Christ loves the Church, and to those men who train up their children diligently in the ways of the Lord.

Fatherhood is beautiful. Undoubtedly difficult, but beautiful. My relationship with my very hard-working father–beautiful. Being able to claim a hard-working husband who lovingly raises his children-beautiful.

Our Lord and Savior had the benefit of two fathers, as we all do–God, the divine Father of us all, and his earthly father, Joseph, the carpenter. Joseph was, in simple terms, the right man for the job. He and Mary were not married, but engaged, and when he found out she was pregnant, he could have reasonably jumped to the conclusion that she had had sex with another man and was now pregnant with his child. Jump forward to 2014–unfortunately this situation is common now, but how often does the man just let it go quietly?? Well, that is what Joseph intended to do. Being a man of character, Joseph intended to put Mary away quietly. He was not going to make a fuss or broadcast her supposed transgression. As was part of his plan, God intervened and told Joseph that Mary had not been with another man, and the baby she was carrying had been borne of the Holy Spirit.

What Joseph did next impresses me even further. When God spoke to him, he accepted, believed, and acted accordingly.

Joseph was a stand-up guy. God knew which man to allow to be involved with such an integral part of His Son’s life. It is in my humble opinion that God knows exactly what he is doing when he gives children. It is my opinion that he picks the right dad for the right son or daughter. My husband and my son are the perfect fit for one another. My husband is, whether or not he knows and does so purposely, is teaching my son some invaluable lessons–a man is supposed to work if he wants to eat; a man does honest work to achieve his goals; a man takes care of his family sometimes at his own expense; a man is law-abiding; a man does not cuss or disrespect his wife; and above all, a man loves and fears the Lord. He is teaching his daughter that when she grows up she ought to seek out such a man. He is teaching his daughter self-confidence and importance.

I am very proud of my husband because he did not have an example to follow. He has pretty much carved out his own path for fatherhood and I love him for it. My dad is the same. Both made a choice of the type of man they wanted to be, and I couldn’t be prouder of them.

Below is information related to the importance of fathers in their children’s lives. Fathers, if you are not already, PLEASE stand up. I believe a lot of our social ills would be diminished if only we could remove the dysfunction from one of God’s most important institutions–the family.

Hope you enjoy my family photos.

 

Worshiping Idle gods June 9, 2014

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Yes, I am fully aware the I used the word “idle”.

Over the past few weeks, I have been hearing stories of people who have gone the way of the Galatians, who, under the influence of a group of false teachers called Judaizers, were attempting to incorporate worldly philosophies and man-made schools of thought into their new Christian walk. Judaizers were people who decided that Christians were still required to follow Jewish traditions, customs, and ways of life. (Interestingly enough, there are several groups of people throughout the New Testament whose sole purpose in life appears to be to stand in opposition to the perfect teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ–all of these groups I am researching because their origins are quite fascinating. There are the Sadducees, Pharisees and the Sanhedrin. Of note, the Sanhedrin originated from the seventy elders originally appointed to help Moses. Isn’t that something? Moses had all the help he needed in God, but instead wanted men by his side, and look what happened–but I digress).

Back to my original point. I have heard some stories, from the mouths of some celebrities and some average Janes and Joes, explain that in order for full spiritual fulfillment, they dabble in “whatever works for them”, typically under the guise of a “spiritual advisor”. In short, these people discussed combining elements of Buddhism (chanting), excerpts from the Qu’ran (as a guide of how to live, as the Qu’ran is bent toward works and has nothing to do or say about salvation), and “some” Christianity (HUGE question mark here. I apologize for not being able to fully clarify. It is hard to even make an educated guess as to how someone can practice “some” Christianity.

Problem number one: Christianity is not a sport like basketball or like learning to play an instrument. You don’t “practice” Christianity. It is a way of life based on a belief. My belief in Jesus and the full teachings of the Holy Bible guide my daily life.

So… are these people Agnostic? Do they deny the deity of Jesus? I have no idea. My assumption is that these people pick and choose the Scriptures that they like and overlook the ones that could convict them. My assumption is that these people really think that we only have this life on earth and that is why it is okay to dabble in other worldly philosophies.

The only thing I can do to combat the worldly influence is remind people of my God, who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient.

Here is where the reference to “idle” comes in. When I was reading what these people had to say, I thought about what could best be said about my God. My God is always working–He is in control of everything. He is the author of the entire world. He knows all and is all. My God parted the Red Sea, appeared as a number of theophanies including a burning bush, a pillar of cloud. Unless I am missing something, none of the founders of the other worldly spiritual movements did anything similar.

Idle=without purpose or effect; pointless; doing nothing.

My God is still alive, still working, still in control. The founders and leaders of the other spiritual movements? Dead and gone. No need to worship someone who is going to come to the earth and leave it the same way I did (and will).

Be careful not to get caught up with idle idols.

 

The End… sigh May 20, 2014

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Tonight is my last class of the semester for Moody Bible Institute. We are ending our discussion of the book of Colossians.

I am not happy. Although that means my Tuesday evenings will now be free, I will miss the learning, laughing and fellowship that makes up the course.

I do not just go there and sit through a boring lecture. Although attendance is low, students tend to be faithful and are very giving of themselves personally. I love that my fellow students so readily admit to their flaws, both past and present. We learn from each other, support one another, pray for one another. I am going to miss out on that camaraderie until September.

For this class, we have to do a presentation on something from Colossians that stuck with us. My prepared remarks are below.

            I developed my presentation based on the following Scriptures, which I linked together:

  • Colossians 1:9-10 (New International Version): “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have no stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way, bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God”.
  • Colossians 2:6-7: “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness”.

When people initially come to Christ, they tend to do so when they are at a vulnerable or weak point in their life. Personally, I have been saved for a long time, but went through a period of serious backsliding and only re-committed myself to the Lord when I finally figured out that I did not know anything, that my way of working things out wasn’t working at all, and I was tired of the world beating me down. Usually when I see people go to the front of the church once the doors are opened, they readily admit to being in a similar predicament. Something has happened in their life that has forced them to face the reality that they need Jesus.

In one way, that is a good thing—it is better to bump your head a few times, get smacked around by the ways of the world and come to your senses in such a manner that you do decide to commit yourself to the Lord than live a life of simplicity and never get to know Him. However, that also means that people tend to come to Jesus when they are not thinking rationally. Sometimes, and this is not doubting a person’s salvation, people come to Jesus purely out of emotion, and a lot of times, they come to Jesus without fully understanding what is expected of them once they declare their allegiance to our Lord and Savior. It is apparent by the Scriptures that we are expected to dedicate ourselves to lifelong learning and teaching babes in Christ. As Paul said, “…continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught”… How can one be rooted and built up in Jesus if they know nothing about Him and God’s expectations for us, and how can they learn and be strengthened if they are not taught?

As I usually do when I read the Bible, I looked at these Scriptures and applied them to myself and present-day society. I thought about my graduate program and how I came to the point where I was able to graduate with a 4.0 grade point average, which is considered to be evidence of mastery of the subject matter. It required long hours of study, but more importantly, it required me to make my education a priority in my life. In this manner, I had to devote time to studying, researching, writing papers and coordinating meetings among myself and my group members. In return, I have a strong body of knowledge that I can put into practice and the ability to teach what I have learned to others. For each profession in our society, appropriate training has to take place, and most professions require people to continually develop their knowledge and skills—for example, the clinical professionals I work with are required to attend seminars and classes and pursue continuing education credits. Basically, no one should expect for learning to stop. The same goes for our Christian walk—there will never be a time when we have complete and thorough understanding of the Bible to where we no longer need to read or study it.

For those of us who are seasoned saints, we also need to make teaching babes in Christ a priority on top of our own continued reading and praying. We need to understand the spiritual condition that a person is often in when they initially come to Christ and be open and available to those babes to be used as a resource as they try to find their footing in the Lord. We need to make sure they understand what we think of as basic Biblical concepts that have gotten skewed by worldly teachings—what salvation is, that it cannot be lost, the purpose of baptism as an outward show of an inward commitment as opposed to the idea that baptism is the saving act, etc. I can go on. A brief survey of not only the world but what goes on inside our churches and the many different denominations shows that a renewed commitment to teaching is required.

When we are filled with the spiritual wisdom and understanding that comes from reading, studying (and, as a byproduct of those, learning), praying and fellowshipping with the saints, we will then have a better understanding of what we need to do as Christians to “live a life worthy of the Lord…that will please him in every way…bearing fruit in every good work”. If Christians do not learn, they do not bear fruit—if they are not taught, they cannot learn. Of course, the obstacle is those Christians who refuse to make learning a priority or those seasoned saints who are too stubborn to be taught. I can use this class as an example. Despite my best efforts, and I am sure the efforts of the other site coordinators, the administrative staff, Reverend Horton and the reverends who devote their time to teaching these Moody courses, participation is low. If someone has ideas on how to encourage our brothers and sisters to commit to Christian learning, I am all ears.

 

Going from a Spiritual Peak to a Spiritual… Meh April 28, 2014

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Sigh.

I hate to have to revisit the same topics, but some people leave me no choice.

I think one of the biggest problems with the Church today and why we are having such difficulty bringing more people to Christ is because of how we carry ourselves as Christians. Not saying this ought to be considered a valid excuse, but people get turned off by some of the things Christians do. If a non-believer sees a Christian at church on Sunday and out at the club sloppy drunk on Saturday, chances are that person has damaged their credibility with the non-believer and would be ineffective if he attempted to lead the non-believer to Christ. I hate to use the word “image”, because image to me has a connotation of fakeness…like celebrities or politicians who try to portray themselves as being different than they actually are. Christians ought to live a life that is reflective of the Christ that we are trying to represent. There can be no fakeness there, because people are going to be able to spot it. (And I do realize that fakeness is not the best word, but it is highly appropriate).

Behavior inside the church also drives people away. Case in point–my son belongs to a wonderful choir that performs here in Ypsilanti during the spring. The choir is a collaboration of multiple churches in the area. They began rehearsing in Friday and had their first performance last night. THOSE KIDS DID AN AMAZING JOB. Amazing. Amazing. They were praising and worshiping God and it was awesome. There were some praise dancers that were absolutely spectacular, and those kids and their beautiful, pure crystal clear voices encouraging us to praise the Lord was something marvelous.

Then a so-called man of God ruined it.

After the children did several selections, it was time for an offering. Mind you, I like giving. However, I am in a state of spiritual growth that enables me to understand the necessity of my giving and to be able to do it with a loving heart. But, not everybody in there was at my level of spiritual growth, and maybe some people there weren’t even Christians–maybe they were just there to support a loved one. There are so many people in the world that think of tithing and giving offerings are supporting the pastor.

Of course the cartoon does not belong to me. I did a Google search and found it at http://armstrongismlibrary.blogspot.com/2013/06/their-fabricated-tithing-doctrine-this.html. However, the illustration screams someone who has either a) never bothered to read the Bible, or read it like those who try to discredit it by picking out bits and pieces and taking them out of context, or b) visited or belonged to a church where the pastor came off like he was money-hungry.

Let me share my experience with the churches I have attended, and mind you, I have pretty much been at the same one all my life, with the exception of my college years.

Let’s see what are some of the expenses that go along with a church?

1. Lights are important. (DTE bill)

2. People use the bathroom, so we have to make sure the water stays on.

3. People come to church when they are hungry or in a financial bind. We have the resources to help them. That takes money.

4. Although not necessities, there are equipment expenses. Every now and then we get new Bibles or hymnals–but last time we did that, we took up a special collection for that. There are also pews for people sit on that get worn and torn.

I could go on, and mind you, the church is open seven days a week. Think of stores, for example. Stores have customers. The only way a store stays open is if the people buy their products. Museums have expenses that are paid for by monetary donations from philanthropists and admission fees. Schools stay open because homeowners pay taxes. Either way it goes, whatever the building, there are expenses associated that MUST be paid in order for it to stay open. Money has to come in somehow.

The pastors I know all had jobs (most of them worked for and retired from either GM or Ford, since those were the major employers here back in the day) and DID NOT SUSTAIN THEMSELVES OR THEIR FAMILIES ON THE BACKS OF THE CHURCH MEMBERS. That is why I take offense to the cartoon–at one point in time my own pastor worked three jobs to support his family. He did NOT take congregational contributions that were meant for GOD’S WORK. Nor is he supposed to. Now, does the church give him money? Yes, we do. But if that was all he relied on, he’d be homeless, because it is not nearly enough for one person to sustain himself, let alone a family.

Now, although I have been blessed enough to be around pastors who are contrary to what is portrayed in the cartoon, I can definitely see how that sentiment has developed. Last night, after the kids had done several amazing selections, each one more beautiful and crisp than the one before it, a “reverend” (and God forgive me for using that term loosely, but I do think a reverend ought to do better than this) got up to ask for the offering. He did something I absolutely despise:

“Reach down deep into your pockets and give me twenty dollars”…

NOPE.

Even when we go to church, we have to be mindful that everyone in there may either a)not be a Christian; b) be a babe in Christ, or c) be a seasoned saint. We also have to keep in consideration that there is a difference between tithing and an offering. The word “tithe” itself means ten percent. This was mostly applied to the Israelites in the Old Testament, who were to give a tenth of their flocks and produce. The New Testament does not specifically mention ten percent, just that we give generously according to our own measure. And there are definitely no financial strings attached to giving an offering.

Basically, we have to give according to what our heart tells us to give, because it is more important that we have the correct attitude when giving, not how much we give. Look no further than the story of Jesus and the poor widow in Mark 12. She did not have much, but she gave correctly–with an attitude of love, knowing that her offering would be a blessing to someone else and because of that, she would be blessed in return. Now, if Jesus had told her that her offering was not good enough because it wasn’t twenty bucks, do you think that woman would have been interesting in dealing with Him or heeding His message?

There are a lot of elderly people in the church on fixed incomes. There are younger families like my own who are struggling to find their financial footing. However, we give cheerfully what we can, and we know that it is going to a good cause. But for someone to do something as worldly as tell us to give a certain amount was blatantly disrespectful and out of line with the Word of God. That is not his place to determine that everyone should give twenty dollars. Putting a dollar amount on the offering takes away that most important aspect of giving for the building of God’s kingdom–that it is done willfully and in the spirit of love and generosity. When someone assigns a dollar amount, the giving is usually done begrudgingly and simply because that person requested it, not willingly.

I was disappointed, and concerned when murmuring occurred through other people in attendance in the pews. Most people did not appreciate it, and a lot of people tucked their money back in their purses or pockets, feeling offended that their two, three, five, or ten dollars was not good enough, when, in all essence–it WAS.

I am going to follow up with someone to ask that that does not happen again.

 

Happy Resurrection Day! April 20, 2014

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Regardless of whether one believes or not, today is a celebration of the most important event in history.

Today, our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ arose from the dead with ALL POWER in His hands, including the power to free us from the eternal damnation that is the result of our sins unless we accept Him. 

After being beaten beyond recognition, and so awfully that He could barely bear the weight of the cross, Jesus still took the sins committed by those past, present and future upon Him so that we may be able to know the Father.

So although my kids are fond of the Easter bunny and are going to have a little egg hunt, they know already what this day is about. The bunny and egg hunt are just to satisfy their childish whims. They know that the most important fact surrounding this celebratory weekend is that Jesus died, was buried and rose from the dead. His most important work was accomplished to the benefit of all mankind.

For the rest of the day I will enjoy my family and definitely the food, but I also plan to spend the end of the day in quiet introspect and prayer. I thank Jesus for dying for my many, multitudinous, unfounded, inexplicable sins. He paid a price for me that I could not. Through His blood I have been redeemed, and I will never forget it, despite my flaws and failings.

People may choose to argue over trivial matters. There are some that dispute the days we have chosen to celebrate Jesus, such as Christmas and Easter. According to them, we have no foolproof way of knowing if Jesus’ birthday is indeed December 25th or if April is the correct month to celebrate Easter. To them I say, the actual dates are not what is important–the events are what ought to be part of our daily worship. We as Christians have confidence that whether or not He was born on December 25th, the fact still stands that HE WAS BORN. We as Christians have faith that despite whether or not He died and was resurrected in April, the indisputable fact remains that HE DIED, WAS BURIED AND ROSE, THUS SECURING OUR SALVATION. In this day lies the hope and joy that comes along with being a Christian. THANK YOU JESUS!

THANK YOU FOR KNOWING WHAT I NEED BETTER THAN I DO AND PROVIDING IT FOR ME!

THANK YOU FOR TAKING AWAY THE BURDEN OF MY SINS!

THANK YOU FOR SHOWING ME HOW TO WALK IN TRUTH AND LIGHT IN THIS DYING WORLD!

THANK YOU FOR SHOWING ME HOW TO RAISE MY CHILDREN, HOW TO BE A WIFE TO MY HUSBAND, AND HOW TO REPRESENT YOU!

THANK YOU FOR NEVER TURNING YOUR BACK ON ME EVEN WHEN I WASN’T DOING WHAT YOU WANTED ME TO DO!

THANK YOU FOR WALKING WITH ME, TALKING WITH ME, SHOWING ME THAT I AM YOUR OWN!!!!!!!

HALLELUJAH! I PRAISE YOUR NAME! THANK YOU JESUS!

AMEN!!!

*Image is not mine. It was borrowed from http://123parades.com/resurrection-of-jesus-wikipedia-the-free-encyclopedia-2014/*

 

 

Mid-day rant April 16, 2014

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Rant number one will be short. Over several days I have been perusing written by, for or about medical reception confuses and annoys me how people are spout off to us about things that are beyond our control, and in medical reception, that means just about everything. Basically we are just messengers who funnel information from one source to another. Requesting a prescription refill? Yes, we take the message, but guess who is primarily responsible for making sure they are done in a timely fashion? Your doctor. Upset because you have to wait thirty minutes or more for your appointment? Guess what…receptionists have nothing to do with that. Mad because you have to reschedule because you were more than 15 minutes late? The doctors implemented that policy, not the people at the front desk. 

I searched the articles as I tried to determine what compels adults to be rude, disrespectful and downright nasty to people who are already doing a dead-end job. I read dozens of postings from people complaining about receptionists being rude, and saw that the perception was that medical receptionists are uneducated and crabby. The thing is, the ladies I work with are not and are often on the receiving end of harsh treatment that they do not deserve-myself included. It is a personal struggle to come here 40 hours a week and be perceived negatively, overworked, undervalued, and disrespected. I have to keep my Bible close by.

I have also worked in retail, and dealt with rude customers but even they weren’t as bad. My confusion comes in because I have never, not once, thought to yell or berate someone who is providing me with a service. I have been upset before as a customer and as a patient, of course-but what baffles me is the short-sightedness that leads to displaced and unwarranted anger.

Rant number 2 is kind of related and I think the reason for the attitudes. I am so disheartened by our “instant” society. We discuss often in church and Moody how this world system encourages and promotes selfishness. Everything is expected to be done in an instant for me, me, me… I request a prescription, who cares that the doctot has hundreds of other patients, I expect it to be done instantly,  or I will call every hour and berate the receptionists… I have to wait 15 extra minutes for my appointment, well who cares if someone just received a devastating diagnosis and is suffering from an emotional breakdown, I have a sniffle so that is unacceptable… I could extend the example to other areas of our lives as well. As Christians sometimes we treat God the same way, expecting and demanding  for God to act on our behalf according to our will, not His, RIGHT NOW (I am guilty of this and need prayer, my brothers and sisters. I have bern praying about my job and a house and I definitely need morr patience while God is working in my life).

Although I still need a ton of improvement,  my selflessness has definitely improved as I have put more effort into my Christian walk. The fruit of selflessness is patience, empathy and trust. Scriptures about patience are numerous:

Ephesians 4:2 “Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love”.

Isaiah 40:31 “but they who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength…”

Galatians 5:22 “But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control”.

Those are just a few. There are literally dozens.

Since we have thosr Scriptures readily available at our fingertips as believers, there should never be an occasion where someone who proclaims to be a child of God is shown exhibiting a lack of patience and the selfishness that often accompanies it. The next time you are stuck in traffic, use it as time to talk to God. Pray that if there is an accident that is keeping you from moving that no one is hurt. The next time you are at your doctor’s office and your doctor is not on time, consider that the patient he or she is seeing may be a available baby who is being cleared for a major surgery and pray about it. Use your tests of your patience to your advantage by praying about the situation and asking for development of godly character. 

Your life can only improve as you move from devilish attitude focused on self to a Christ-like attitude focused on others. Think about it-think of the most selfish person you know. Nine times out of ten, they are miserable, because they can never be satisfied.

But our sufficiency lies solely in Christ.

 

 
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