Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.
~ Jean Cocteau
If with heart and soul you’re doing good, do you think you can be stopped? Even if you suffer for it, you’re still better off. Don’t give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end up realizing that they’re the ones who need a bath. It’s better to suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God.
~ 1 Peter 3:15
I am watching two dear friends go through a trial that I am not sure they see. He is up to his ears in a God-given ministry, and she is up to her ears in grief, after a son who committed suicide in the past few years. He is diving into the ministry to the exclusion of much else, and she is taking a yearly trip into grief, each year sinking further from, not closer to the One who knows just what to do with the ministry and the grief. The grief drives her to do things much more closely associated with her past.
It has begun to creep into the ministry. Her past is wounding him. Both are suffering. If God is at the top of a couple’s triangle, then as they head up the sides toward God, they get closer together, until they become one in God!
Where are you on the triangle? I have recently had an excursion that left me derailed and looking up. Finally I am beginning to climb again, seeking obedience rather than my own will.
Time to refocus for me, and keep my focus.
Today, look up, and across at the one(s) you love. Pray for them as you climb to the Father.
Because of Him,
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