What the people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise.
~ Barbara Jordan
Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
~ Philippians 2:5-8 (The Message)
Many lawyers have crossed my path this week. All in suits. Some full of their positions, some with a great sense of humor, some good teachers, some a great composition of what they think it should look like. All representing the law, what is right and justice. There is one that stood out because he took the time to explain, answer questions, tell us a little about himself. He gave up the persona and just spoke from his heart. And he was heard by a widely diverse group of people who are all there to serve and do the right thing.
Remember who you are as you approach another. Jesus knew who he was, yet he was able to live as one of us, show mercy, be angry, and speak from his heart- in truth and with love. If I could sometimes stop working on our strategy and just speak from my own heart, so much more might be accomplished and the listener might be able to hear the voice of God shining through. If I only could keep my eyes fixed on Jesus.
Lord, help me to keep my eyes fixed on you.
Because of Him,
Fix My Eyes
The light is what guides you home, the warmth is what keeps you there.
~ Ellie Rodriguez
“I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.
~ John 15:9-10
The other day, I was having breakfast with a friend. We spent many happy hours walking, talking, just enjoying each other’s company. At one point, I felt the need to go, but was conflicted about leaving her. I apologized (way too much in general) and she replied, “Don’t apologize for being true to yourself.”
That hit me like a vision. I had always heard “To thine own self be true,” (Wm. Shakespeare) but I had never applied it in the way my friend articulated it. I had a feeling it was time to go and I acted on it, and it was the right thing to do. It was that still small voice that I know, but had not applied to that kind of situation. A new situation came up, and I was given time to think about it, and realized it was the same thing. I was invited to go somewhere and did not want to go at that particular time. We thanked the person for the invite, but we were not able to make it. Again, I felt peace.
Thank you Lord, for using my friend as your mouthpiece. Thank you for teaching me that being a people-pleaser need not be a sentence, but another opportunity to listen to you.
Shoulders – For King and Country
Because of Him,
whose mercy is relentless,
2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of[a]the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
Professionalism is a frame of mind, not a paycheck.
~ Cecil Castle
Jesus was indeed a professional. He knew his job, checked in with the boss regularly, always kept the goal of the “Corporation” at the fore. He did not speak poorly of others, when he was upset with someone he told them to their face. He advocated for others for their betterment, not his own. He did not argue about who was getting more or less, he taught the lesson using a standard for the workplace (parable of the vineyard) that is hard to dispute. When things turned bad “on the job,” he did not forsake the mission, he did talk to the boss, and continued forward, enduring to the end.
I am not Jesus. I know that every time something upsets me and I forget the joy set before me. But I want to finish well. I want my life to be the proof of God’s love in it, my gift to God. Jesus provided a perfect example, and I can follow Jesus.
Today, as you go to work, look above the horizon. You will see the shore much more clearly, and the day will be His. The battle is won.
Because of Him,
For King and Country, Let my Life be the proof of your love.