Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, is a day set aside to honor those who not only fought for our country, but also sacrificially, gave their lives for the United States of America.
During my “Breakfast with God” this morning, my heart felt convicted as I thought about the way our soldiers lives ended. Grandfathers, fathers, brothers and uncles who spent their final moments defending our rights. Most, denied the opportunity to express their love and bid farewell to their families and loved ones. My heart began to soften as I held this picture in my mind and thought about the selfish nature of our hearts. Our tendency to gripe or complain when time is required to complete tasks that we consider to be menial or mundane.
As this truth slowly penetrated my heart I began to clearly understand the gravity of God’s gracious gift of time. Every second we are given to live, love and pursue our dreams is a blessing greater than any other on Earth. This truth led me to a scripture in the New Testatment:
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6 NIV
Today, I challenge us, to put aside the self-centered pride that leads us all to believe that we deserve everything we can see, touch or imagine. Instead, allow humility to enter into our hearts and spark feelings of compassion and generosity toward others. How many times have we missed the gift and authenticity of a joyful heart that can only be received when it is reflected in the eyes of another?
The more time I spend reading about the nature and character of Christ, the more I recognize that our true calling in life can only be revealed when we walk in daily obedience to Him. Obedience that is reflected not only in our fundamental beliefs and morals but also in the small and menial tasks presented to us each day. I love the way C.S. Lewis described pursuing and living out God’s vision for our lives:
I think all Christians would agree with me if I said that though Christianity seems at first to be all about morality, all about duties and guilt and virtue, yet it leads you on, out of all of that, into something beyond. One has a glimpse of a country where they do not talk of those things, except perhaps as a joke. Everyone there is filled with light. But they do not call it goodness. They do not call it anything. They are “not thinking of it. They are too busy looking for the source from which it comes. (source: Mere Christianity pp. 149-150)
As Peter discovered during his fishing incident with Jesus, being obedient may challenge our pride. God often uses the “menial and mundane” to chip away at our selfish nature so that he can trust our obedience as he reveals the true nature of our calling.
The attached image is a prayer for humility and compassion that I wrote this morning and I share with you hoping that it will inspire you to live out today in a manner that shows honor and respect to others. As always, thank you for taking the time to read my posts which are much more to me than a few characters on a page. These words are an expression of my desire to honor God in everything that I do and ultimately, do my best to help make the world a more beautiful and happy place.
Sending Peace and Love to all!
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