Sunday, May 31st, 2020
This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!
Today I am choosing joy
Today I am trusting God
Today I am praying for YOU
Today I am choosing kindness
Today I am…
Friends, this list could go on and on with no ending. May I suggest you make a list for yourself and see what you choose for today. We only get one chance at today, if we wait too long it will become tomorrow and longer yet, it will be yesterday. We live day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute and seconds by seconds. We are not promised tomorrow, we have today to make the best of it. Our world and all who live in it must find ways of peaceful resolutions. Hate must be extinguished. Decisions, opinions and even anger are all possible without violence. Protests should not become opportunities to inflict misguided pain and loss. When protesters turn to violence it quickly becomes a recipe for disaster and many innocent people and business owners suffer. I totally support individuals having the right for peaceful protesting. It’s the violence and property damages and losses I passionately dislike. Just yesterday in my home city a war memorial monument was defaced, the monument had nothing to do with what the protesters were protesting. It is an inanimate object, totally defenseless. We must learn to listen to one another and respect one another so that peaceful resolutions can be found. Just be kind! We can disagree with each other and at the same time find ways to be respectful and kind. None of these are easy, they are actually difficult and take practice and discipline. Destroying property and acts of violence are crimes and should be treated accordingly. We all must pray for our communities, cities and countries for leadership and objectivity for the rights of all. The Bible provides many examples for appropriate actions and behaviors. I would never support stifling ones emotions and passions, anger can be expressed without violence. I personally raise my voice from time to time, I have even been known to curse. I’m not perfect and I also know perfection is not an appropriate goal. I am sharing these things with you because we are all human, we make mistakes. I am not always proud of all my actions and I constantly try to become a better person today than I was yesterday. We all must eventually face the person we see in the mirror. We always have the choice to be KIND TO ONE ANOTHER.
The Bible is filled with verses telling us how to live a life pleasing to God below are a few.
This first verse was part of my daily devotional for today and I read before I even decided to write this post today. I truly felt called to share what was on my heart.
“Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.”
The verses found below are interesting to me because the main theme is found in all four gospels. The greatest commandment is to “Love One Another.”
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
“One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
“Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Be good to yourself, be kind and please continue to practice healthy social distancing along with good health and hygiene habits! 😷 May God Bless You in a special way today. Amen. 🙏🏻
~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️
ειρήνη– “Peace” in Greek, reference listed the below.