Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

what are you wearing?

What I wear is dependent upon what I will be doing.  If I am going to a wedding, I am not going to put on my sweats and grab my garden gloves.  If I am working in the garden, I am not going to put on my cute pumps.  I love hanging out in my comfy clothes, but if my husband is taking me to Biaggi’s for lunch, I am going to get cleaned up and put on something nice.

Valentine's 2014

Valentine’s 2014

However, no matter what I am doing there is a part of my wardrobe that is very important.

That wardrobe is what my inner being is wearing.  Whether I am going to a wedding or lounging around the house, getting together with friends or if I am the  guest speaker,  there are some very important things my inner being should be wearing.

Compassion  –  Seeing people through the eyes of Jesus.

Luke 6:36 (TLB) Try to show as much compassion as your Father does

Kindness – being helpful and  considerate.

Proverbs 3:3 (NASB) Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.”

Humility    Not proud or arrogant.  Humility is recognizing our need of God.   Without Him we are nothing.  Humility also recognizes that we do not need to be defensive.  God is our defense.

James 4:10 (NASB) Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

Gentleness — unselfish and considerate.    Gentleness can bring peace to a chaotic situation.

Philippians 4:5 (NASB) “Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.

Bearing with one another — coming along side and offering help.  This does not mean that we compromise our beliefs but that we recognize that people  come from all walks of life.  How can we help them move closer to God?

Romans 15:1-2 (MSG) Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”

Forgiveness –  Forgiveness relieves an immense burden of resentment and bitterness that we were never expected to carry.

Luke 6:37-38 (MSG)Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”

Peace – quiet assurance that God is in control.

Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG) “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Thankfulness – filled with gratitude — counting blessings not complaining.  Want to know what God’s will is for your life?   Answer –Giving thanks!  Recognize that God is in control and He is working things out.

1 Thessalonians 5:18in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Love — I think of love as the glue that keeps all of these traits connected.  Love fills in the gaps.  It mends the edges that may be frayed.  Our love walk is vital to our testimony of who God is and what He means to us.

1 Corinthians 13:8aLove never fails.”

An exciting thing about our Christian walk is that we possess all of these traits and yet there is always room for growth.  God is at work in our lives, molding us and making us more and more like His Son.

Colossians 3:12-14(MSG)  “So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

15-17 Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”

So while what I wear on the outside changes, may God help me  to clothe myself with the things that really matter!

til next time

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February 18, 2014 - Posted by | ministry, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , ,

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