Monday, June 3, 2013

Set apart, peacefully

Teaching my children to respond to this world as the Bible charges Christ-followers to respond certainly highlights the ways I struggle to do so myself.
Kindness to meanies.
Forgiveness to offenders.
Mercy instead of judgement.

Tonight we had a lesson in the Golden Rule.
I didn't demand that they follow it; I reminded them of it and left them to act as they chose. Moments later, the hose was on & the exclusionary chalk sign in the driveway was washed away. They chose the hard road. I'm proud of them.
It's hard to take the high road.
Especially when we feel validated.

More and more Christians don't appear to live much differently than non-believers. They seem to blend in with the world around them, tolerant and complacent.  Are we supposed to look different? Act differently? Be as we say, set apart?
Sometimes I need to re-read the actual words from the scriptures themselves, wondering if perhaps it was my church recommending a good life and not Jesus requiring certain values of his children.
It all seems so old-fashioned, doesn't it?
I went in search & I found this in Colossians 3:
"So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you.
Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires.
Don’t be greedy...Don’t lie to each other...
Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him... Christ is all that matters and he lives in us.
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. 
Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.  
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.  
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives...
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father." 
Colossians 3:5, 9-17 (NLT)

Dear Jesus, set me apart. Help me, because it's hard to stand for what's right and live peacefully in a world filled with wrong. Help me, because I want my children to love you and serve you and know you and they're watching me. Amen. Pin It

3 comments:

  1. Excellent! I needed this. I too try to live this out in front of my kids instead of just talking them to death about it. However, I didn't do so well the other day when Kate was in a cheer camp...she NEVER participates in any extra-curricular activities. But, she decided to give it a try and I was excited. They learned several cheers and a dance to GOLD by Britt Nicole. They were suppose to perform it for the parents on the last day at 4:30. That day, rather than getting there 10 minutes early like I normally would, I waited for my husband to get home from work so that he could join me to see it. We arrived at 4:27 and when we walked in, they were almost done!!!! The song was finishing!!! I can't even begin to describe how mad I was!!! And embarrassed...even though we weren't late. But we weren't the only ones. A few parents walked in right after us, ON TIME, and missed it too! I missed the ONLY thing my daughter (bravely) participated in. Not only do I not have it on video (like the many sports/activities Thomas has ever participated in) to keep forever and watch over and over, I didn't even get to see it in person! Right after we sat down, the cheer coach dismissed the girls to their parents...Kate ran to us and said, "You weren't here!" I died inside! My heart was broken for her and for me. I tried with every ounce of me to hold back my tears. I seriously wanted to walk right up front and tell the lady that they needed to do it again for those of us who missed it even though we were ON TIME. But I knew it would embarrass Kate, so I didn't. We left, and I had a few things to say in the car, in front of the kids. Ooops. Thomas was quick to tell me that I should not talk to the cheer coach and tell her that I was mad and that she was a really nice person. I got it together for the kids and said that I agreed that she was a nice person but that she should have asked all the girls if they saw their parents there before they started early (for who knows what reason!!!). When I got home, I retreated to my room where I sobbed and vented my anger to my understanding husband. So, good job Tia for demonstrating grace and mercy in front of your children. And over something so silly too!!!!! Even though it wasn't really silly to me...I know in the grand scheme of things, it is. I guess there's always tomorrow...and fresh chance to be the example my children need. :) Now aren't you glad you posted this blog so that I could vent to you?!?!? Sorry about that Tina! :)

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