Worship Fully – hmm, I read the Bible and some devotions …
Spend Less – I didn’t spend money, but I did spend time in the kitchen when I could’ve been with my kids, creative energy building up my Cafe World when I could’ve done something truly productive, and positive words for friends online rather than saying them to the people I live with.
Give More – I gave some patience and understanding to a preschooler who’s nervous about Pajama Day tomorrow, some time reading books to small boys, and some yummy homemade food to my family.
Love All – I do in my head. And when they’re in bed: boy, I really love my kids when they’re in bed. But then they get up. And speak. And all my idealistic feelings go out the door, which is a good thing really, because love is a choice more than a feeling.
I’m human, and it’s hard for me to come to terms with that. God doesn’t blame me for my failings. Watchman Nee’s book “The Normal Christian Life” talks about humans as sin factories: because of the fall, we produce sin. Do we blame car factories for making cars? Nope. God doesn’t blame me for sinning, for falling short. But God loves us all too much to leave us that way, and He can transform those little/big sin products into Christ’s body. If I let Him.
Catching up on my Oswald Chamber’s reading for the day, I was struck by this: “God never coerces us. In one mood we wish He would make us do the thing, and in another mood we wish He would leave us alone. Whenever God’s will is in the ascendant, all compulsion is gone. When we choose deliberately to obey Him, then He will tax the remotest star and the last grain of sand to assist us with all His almighty power.”
Oh, how I hope this human chooses daily to follow and obey.