Being a Light in the Darkness
This verse has really been speaking to me lately...Galatians 9:6..."AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME, we will reap a harvest of BLESSING, IF we DON'T GIVE UP."
I feel like this verse applies to EVERY SINGLE aspect of life. Through life, it is really easier to take the easy way...BUT usually the easy way is not the RIGHT way. You must ask yourself, "what does the bible say about that?", in every situation. What would God want me to do? Would He want me to GIVE UP, or do what is easy? Many times, what is RIGHT, is the most difficult. Here are just a few scenarios that come to mind for me...
Being a good wife...am I selflessly loving and serving my husband or do I often do what is easy instead of what God is calling me to do as a wife?
Being a good mother...am I disciplining my children correctly and consistently in line with the word of God? Am I praying with them each time they get in trouble? Am I teaching them to LOVE PEOPLE not THINGS? Am I loving them well through their sinfulness, being understanding and showing them grace as I teach them what it means to be a follower of Christ? Am I showing my children how to love others, even when others are not exuding the love and generosity of Christ? This can be SO hard for kids to learn, especially when they do not have an example to follow.
Being smart with our finances and the material things God has given us...are we tithing correctly, all of the time? Do I open my home freely and make others feel like it is theirs when they are here? Do I hold my possessions loosely, since it is all a blessing from God that I should use to bless others?
Being a good friend...am I generous, caring, kind, compassionate to all of my friends and family (believers and non-believers)?
Staying on track with my own health...the reward is not immediate, but will follow when I am consistent. So, do I give up quickly, or stick to it and find the blessing later?
My business...do I quit when I feel like I have failed at achieving a goal or a deadline, or do I keep going and learn from my mistakes? Do I quit when someone has hurt me because they have not been supportive or have said something that just cut to the core, or do I use those instances to fuel my drive and push towards the calling God has given me?
I try very hard each day to do the RIGHT and not the EASY. As a Christian mom/wife/woman/business owner it can be very difficult when we live in a world where the majority of people are doing the EASY, our world in general is very self-driven, and many are teaching this to their children without even knowing it. Often I feel like the outcast, because I am letting Christ be the complete center of my life and my family. BUT then I am SO BLESSED to be HIS...God calls us to be the LIGHT in the darkness...He wants his children to stand out among the world! He never says in his word that it will be easy to be the LIGHT!