All scripture is given by inspiration from God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. ~2 Timothy 3:16
Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. ~Matthew 22:29
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. ~Romans 15:4
I was so excited last night when I finished reading the last book in the New Testament. I loved reading about the Good Shepherd! I am eager to start on the Old Testament next. I have planned it to where I will be finished by the end of the year, if not sooner. When I was younger I started reading the Bible but it was too tedious and I quit. However, now I am older and wiser and determined to read the good book in its entirety.
I plan to use my deeper knowledge of the Bible to encourage others. My goal is to have a scripture on my tongue for any situation.
The life and words of Jesus moved me. I felt truimphant, repentant, hopeful, humbled, but most of all uplifted. I wish I could have met him! I am looking forward to the Son shining again!
If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. John 13:14-15
I am undertaking a challenge to metaphorically wash the feet of others. I’ve talked to Nicholas about this and he has a solid grasp of the concept and was able to convey how he has done this for others. When Ethan and I helped Mr. Landis (our neighbor) pick up the sticks in his yard after the storm.
For me this is not simply repaying those who have been kind to me. It will take creativity on my part to come up with ways to do this. I want my acts of service to be meaningful and heartfelt. I believe opportunity will present themselves. I am actually looking forward to the challenge!
Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. ~Dr. Seuss
We all think that we are wonderful beings—my tags are evidence of this. And it’s not that I think we shouldn’t. To quote Ethel Waters, I know I’m somebody cause God don’t make no junk! Pretending to have low self esteem is form of false pride. While it appears to be humility, it is actually using martyrdom to attract attention. Sometimes we can get too full of ourselves (narcissism) and become blind to our faults and flaws. But we are a mixture of good and bad–every single one of us.
I do wonder if others would use the tags that I have used to describe me. If not, I have a problem. I suppose it is all a matter of perspective, but still, you should live your life in such a way that your beliefs and virtues shine through.
During my first year of teaching I had the ambivalent pleasure of working with Ms. Johnson, our English department head. She was very good at her job. She was highly competent and efficient as well. She knew both her subject and her teachers. However she was a force to be reckoned with–especially when she was in a bad mood. Yes, Ms. Johnson was a mercurial Miss. And sometimes she was downright rude. Her mouth was most caustic and biting. I often avoided the English office in fear that Ms. Johnson would be having a bad day.
She retired the next year much to my relief. It meant no more walking on pins and needles. Last year I did happen to run into Ms. Johnson at a funeral. I approached her and gave her a hug and expressed my surprise at seeing her singing in the church choir. She laughed and explained that she had been raised in the church. She also said that people were often shocked that she was a Christian because of her rude demeanor. Ms. Johnson went on to explain that after assessing herself that she realized that she was not Christian in her actions. She concluded with more laughter saying “I spend too much time at church for it not to show! So I’ve embarked on a character make-over!” After that converstaion with her I developed a newfound respect for my former boss. I was impressed that she was able to recognize her actions spoke louder than her words. There was an obvious disconnect between who she said she was and who she REALLY was.
With this in mind I want to live my life in a way that my self-imposed tags are obvious to those around me. It’s one thing for me to think well of myself, but if no one else does, then it is all for naught. In the past, Eliza probably would have tagged me with the following labels: public enemy #1, control freak, children stealer, my footstool, new wife, second choice, arrogant witch, meddling missus, uneducated paralegal (this is a direct quote), gossip monger…ouch!, but she is entitled to her opinion. However, I hope that her perspective of me has changed somewhat. I have let my actions and character do all of the talking. I realize that I am simply a work in progress falling with grace. This is the way Bud Lightyear so eloquently summed up his lack of flying abilities–grace being the key word.