I would like to take a moment and thank everyone who has continued to read and support my blog. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate each like, every comment and every single follower. The blog was meant to be about my successes in 2015, but it has become so much more. It has given me a platform to share my thoughts about God and my walk with Jesus. I feel that this is something that God wants me to do and I am happy to oblige.
Most everyone who knows me, knows that I love reading as much as I do writing. Currently, I am reading two books. I am reading To Kill a Mockingbird and Jesus is _______. Discovering Who He is Changes Who You Are, by Judah Smith. If you haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird, I definitely recommend it. The story is such an awesome story.
The second book, Jesus is _______, is a book that I am reading slowly. I want to absorb as much as possible out of this book. The second chapter talks about there being two types of sinners. The first type are the ones who think they are good and the second, know that they are not good.
I know that I have been in that first group. I have had the thought, “I am a good person” and have compared myself to others and then judged them if they are not as “good” as me. Have you every judged someone when they have messed up? I have and I don’t have an excuse for doing it.
I now know that I am a sinner and even though I try not to sin, it happens. I need to turn that compassion toward others who have sinned and not judge them.
There is one thing that we need to focus on and the book pointed it out to me. We need to focus on the “Golden Rule”: love your neighbor as you love yourself. (Pg. 16)
Matthew 7:12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
I am making a conscious effort to treat others how I would like to be treated. I do realize that there will be those, who are not going to treat me right and for them, I will say a prayer that they might know what it like to be treated with respect and love. There are people who walked this earth not knowing what it is like to be treated nicely, with respect and love. I believe that it is our duty as Christians to treat them nicely because we may be the only one who treats them nice.
When a person responds to me in anger, I will make an effort to not respond in kind. I have just recently failed at being nice. Earlier in the year, I told myself that failure was okay as long as I learned something from that failure. I did learn from my failure. I could have been nicer when I found myself in a position where I could have been much nicer but I felt like I was in a position where I was being put down and attacked.
Each day when I wake up, I am putting what I learn into practice. It is not always easy but I am trying.
You may be wondering why I am reading the student edition of the book Jesus is ________. I sometimes think that the student edition of books dealing with God and the life of Jesus Christ are easier for me to understand. I want things broken down so that even a child could understand. The easier things are for me to understand the easier it is for me to help others understand.
Again, thank you for reading my blog. You all are wonderful!
I pray your day is blessed with much love and laughter.