Heather and I have made it a habit to pray with our kids each morning before they go to school. In the midst of our prayers, we read a little portion of Scripture. Today's snippet was from Colossians. I just loved the simplicity of the apostle Paul's words here and thought I'd share them with you in hopes of encouraging you.
"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.
"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."
Perhaps there is one phrase or sentence in this tidbit of Scripture that particularly speaks to you. If so, feel free to leave a comment and let me know which one.
For me, the admonition "be even-tempered, content with second place" stuck out. Sometimes, that's hard for me...