Today is not a day of which I'm proud. It was a rough day on Addison & I failed the test of patience & love & instead unleashed my anger over her actions onto her; I apologized & all was well, except for the bit of mommy guilt that I seem to hold on to.
Tomorrow is another day, a fresh start.
Yesterday wasn't so nice with work. We're having lots of system issues, sometimes the people who are supposed to be the ones to help us talk down to us instead, treating us as if we don't know what we're doing, only for it to end up being the error of the system at work, not us. The guests on the phone have been especially unpleasant as of late, too. Work tonight is not so hot, either.
After work yesterday I found my morning devotions today quite convicting.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by rules and expectations? Think of how the Jewish people must have felt as they tried to keep up with more than 600 rules from the Old Testament and many more that had been imposed on them by the religious leaders of their day. And imagine their surprise when Jesus simplified the pursuit of righteousness by narrowing the list down to just two—“love the Lord your God” (Matt. 22:37) and “love your neighbor as yourself” (v.39).
In essence, Jesus is telling us that the way God knows we love Him is by how we treat people. All of them. Let’s face it—loving our neighbor can be a challenge. But when we do it to express our love to God, we unleash a powerful motivation that loves whether the person deserves it or not. And as we love God and our neighbor, everything else falls into place. If I love my neighbor, I won’t bear false witness against him, covet his wealth or his wife, or steal from him. Loving others for God’s sake even provides the grace and strength to forgive those who have heaped injustices upon us.
Who needs to see God’s love today through you? The more unlovable the person, the greater the statement about how much you love God!
To love your God with all your heart,
Your soul, your strength, your mind,
Enables you to love someone
Who’s hurtful and unkind. —Sper
Loving God is the key to loving others.
It was really just what I needed to be reminded of today. Do you ever wish you could have a do over & change the way you dealt with situations you faced? Sometimes I feel that a lot more often than I'd like!