Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control. (Gal. 5:22-23)
It's easy to Love, give and do when things are going "our way" when we have plenty and feel safe, comfortable and secure. But....real love, genuine kindness, joy and goodness comes when the opposite circumstances are taking place; when things are tight, when we feel stretched or fearful. When we give from our personal stash, our best, our reserve; when we pay someone a compliment and encourage them instead of competing, comparing, judging or being jealous; honestly wanting the very best for another----then we're truly being kind and living goodness! Integrity is doing the right thing no matter what, especially when no one is watching or would ever know.
Faithfulness and self control: I don't think that you can be good unless you've been tempted to be bad. Yes it's nice when life is smooth, easy and going just as we've planned............but we learn and grow most when life deals us difficult situations; when we must choose what we'll stand for; making a tough call....but making it none the less....and doing the right thing. When we get to the other side we can celebrate, reflect, share and rejoice. Real temptations, struggles and conflict-----they're really not so much "around" us as they are "within" us. When we conquer our fears, we climb to the top of the mountain and we can watch the most beautiful sunset and know that it is well with our soul. For we are at peace with the choices that we made today. Doing life together, encouraging one another. Living a joy filled "Fruitful" life. So-----Be the change that you want to see in the world and the world will change!
Faith, by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:17)
"You can not keep birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair." (Martin Luther)
So, today, when life happens-----------and it will, YOU CHOOSE LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS AND SELF-CONTROL. Due this for God, yourself and your fellow man.
Musings from the farm on a December day!
Love and Hugs always, Kelly