I’m not proud of the day I lost my marbles and yelled at my toddler son, but I admit it happened. I was still reeling from our errand-running trip and his fussiness through the book store. I knew he was hungry, he hadn’t eaten much breakfast and it was well past noon, and I had to check ONE. MORE. THING. off my to-do list. After a hearty lunch that satisfied both of our grumbling bellies, I sat at my desk to send an overdue email when Kamden came over with his toy car. I know he didn’t intentionally press the keyboard, but he did and my incomplete email was sent haphazardly. I was upset. Actually, I was mad. I got angry at Kamden for being a curious two-year-old and even madder at myself for being mad at him for something insignificant. Aye ai ai – moms, PLEASE tell me I’m not the only one who has felt this way!
Therefore, as God’s choice, holy and loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with each other and, if someone has a complaint against anyone, forgive each other. As the Lord forgave you, so also forgive each other. And over all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. The peace of Christ must control your hearts—a peace into which you were called in one body. And be thankful people. The word of Christ must live in you richly. Teach and warn each other with all wisdom by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Whatever you do, whether in speech or action, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus and give thanks to God the Father through him. ~ Colossians 3:12-17 (Common English Bible)
As God’s chosen one, I am his representative on earth. I have to lose my selfishness and clothe myself in His compassion, kindness, and patience.
There are teachable moments everywhere – dwell in them! Be grateful for tough lessons and grow in wisdom.
Whatever you do, with words or actions, do it all for Jesus because you love Him.
God chose ME to be a wife, mother, friend, etc. These are not mere assignments or titles or privileges, they are DIVINE CALLINGS.
Kamden quickly forgot his mother’s sudden outburst and we enjoyed our pre-nap ritual: snacks, stories, and snuggles. The hardest lesson of all: forgiving myself for the angry outburst.
I need a wardrobe that cannot be found on the racks of any department store or clearance bin. I need my heart, mind, and mouth to be accessorized with compassion, kindness, humility, patience, and forgiveness. Most importantly, I need to wear LOVE from head to toe every single day because it binds everything together in perfect harmony!
Dwell in Christ and he will dwell in you. The closer I am to Christ, the more my words, actions, behaviors, and attitudes reflect Him too.
Whatever you do – whether it is washing dishes, folding laundry, changing diapers, teaching Bible study, organizing play dates, writing a thank-you note, packing a school lunch, or loving on your spouse – do it in the name of Jesus, in His honor, and thank God for the opportunity to love and serve others.
Gracious and loving God, you have once again revealed to me an area of my life that needs attention. Though I perceive to have compassion, humility, and patience, I am actually threadbare. Patch me like only you can and challenge me to exercise these spiritual fruits for your honor and glory. Amen.