Have you ever had a morning where everything you pick up points to the fact that you need an attitude adjustment? I had a morning like that. Everything I picked up pointed to issues around judging others. Since everything appeared to be pointing that direction, I sat down for some prayer time. I asked God to search my heart. Things started to come to mind pretty quickly. He had a list.
Here is what came to mind:
- Using opportunities to position myself
- Striving; feeling like I had to “master” things
Once those were dealt with, it was much easier to operate in a calm, loving, giving way. The clutter in my heart had been cleared out to make more room for Jesus. When there is more room for Jesus, everything goes more smoothly. I strive less because I trust Him. I appreciate others more and engage more deeply because I‘m not promoting myself or performing. I am more outwardly focused (giving, sharing, caring) and less inwardly focused (withholding, hiding, comparing). It all starts at the heart.
Father, thank you! Thank you for teaching me Your ways. I know that you are stretching and teaching me Your beautiful ways. Thank you for Your patience, Your grace, Your mercy and Your love. Father, I ask for more wisdom every day to become more like You. In Jesus Name, Amen.