"Do all things without murmuring and disputing that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation among whom you shine as light in the world, holding fast the word of life so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain." Philippians 2:14-16
I read a recent post from a new mother on Facebook that reminded me how stretching it can be to be a mom. Her newborn daughter had decided the best time to visit was in the wee hours of the morning. I well remember those nights where the baby was anything but sleepy, and how difficult it was to stay cheerful. One of the things I found extremely helpful was to count the tiny toes and fingers of my wide awake infant, and thank God for the privilege of being a mother. As I counted each toe and finger I would begin to marvel all over again at the beautiful gift I held in my arms. With each touch I would ask God to guide and bless those sweet little hands and feet as the child grew. In doing so, my mind turned from the inconvenience of being awake in the middle of the night, to the purpose of raising this child to be the person God intended them to be. It is now something I do as I hold my grandchildren.
Finding the right attitude in the midst of trying circumstances isn't something that comes naturally or easy to me. My first response is generally of how I'm being taxed by the situation at hand. Learning to walk with my hand in God's hand and adjust my attitude and thinking has been a process, but one well worth the effort.
In a conversation with someone who has known me for years, but with whom I've been out of touch for awhile, the subject of our walk with God came up. She was struggling because of places she had failed, but felt I lived the fault free, blessed life. I assured her my life was anything but fault free, and has been filled with many mess ups and trials. I then went on to explain how I've learned to keep my focus on the blessings, rather than the trials. It was humbling to be viewed as one who lived a stress free life, and a huge reminder to continue to be a worthy witness of God's grace and strength. I am fully aware I am unable to do anything good on my own. My life is blessed because I have chosen to surrender my will to God, continually asking Him for guidance, and then obeying Him to the best of my abilities. Without His Spirit living in me, none of it would be possible.
I am often humbled and amazed at what Jesus has done in and through my life. As I travel the roads of the life He lays before me I view the magnificence of His work. It keeps me ever moving forward in awe and wonder, because as I view Him and all He does, there is nothing greater in life that I desire than to live in harmony with Him. The love, joy, peace and contentment He provides always empowers me to walk in victory and strength. May He forever receive all the glory and praise.
He alone is worthy!