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So much of life is waiting. . .

As a Christian, I am waiting for a lot--for God to do His refining work in me, for Jesus to return, for me to GET how much God loves me and for me to see what He is doing . . .

What to do in the meantime? I have learned much about what the Lord is trying to teach me, tell me and show me through the discipline of daily time spent reading the Bible. So often we make this time harder than it has to be.

This blog was born out of wanting to share what God is showing me and wanting to be an example that daily time with God is not a deep or mysterious thing (well, every once in a while it can be), but simply a time to read scripture and note what jumps out at you that day. We don't have to be scholars or super-holy or ministry leaders to do this. Some days I hit the jackpot and others I come up empty--but only by persevering do I give God the space in which to speak and myself the stillness in which to hear and obey.

As of June of 2017, I've now decided to include parts of our adoption journey, which is, so far, yet another chapter of waiting.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Revisiting the Golden Rule

Most of us know the Golden Rule from Matthew 7: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Sounds good on paper.

I read that verse again today, in the English Standard Version (ESV--and the version of the Bible I'm currently using):

12"So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.


Somehow the different wording made me stop and think more about this verse. Do I really do this? Or am I more likely to reverse the command, and do to others what they have done to me? If they are unfriendly, well, then, I have permission to be unfriendly. If they speak rudely to me, I can speak rudely back. If they hurt me, I can hurt them--or just ignore them.

What am I really supposed to be aiming for? Since I wish that people would be friendly and initiate with me, then I need to say "hi" and invite them to activities. I would like to be treated kindly, so when I am on the phone with CenturyLink or Charter or whatever cable company/phone service, I need to treat the representative kindly (a big struggle for me) and not get snippy with them. I have hurt people and am grateful for grace and forgiveness; thus I must give it.

It always seems to come back to the basics--love God and love others because we have been loved so much and forgiven so much by God.

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