Read this verse in the Bible this morning:
“For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”
I see this as saying that whenever you’re discouraged, just look what Jesus went through! Sarcasm, disbelief, rejection, hate, physical torture….you name it, He got it. But still He was able to say at the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” I want to remember that whenever something doesn’t go quite right or the way I want it to today: 1.) Jesus had it worse, and 2.) forgive immediately.
Have you ever heard of civil twilight? I have, usually from the weather man, but it’s always mystified me. No idea what it means. So, today, I finally had the sense to go to Wikipedia and look it up. The summarized definition, as best I can tell, is that civil twilight is that period during early morning/late evening when you can see the horizon and other objects pretty clearly, but it’s still dark out. If you’re the nerdy science type and want more info, go check out the Wiki page here. 🙂
In my research, I also learned that civil twilight is the time when the brightest stars come out–most notably, the “morning star” and “evening star” (the planet Venus).
For us, Jesus is the “morning and evening star.” I thought about when our visible star appears in the sky: the morning and the evening. I like to think that this is a reminder that Jesus is there for us when we go to bed and when we get up! There’s so much to learn about Him from nature…isn’t God good?!
I read a chapter from Proverbs each day, and this passage was in today’s reading:
“There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leasds to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself. The people will curse him who withholds grain, but blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.”
This concept is usually thought of in terms of finanace, but it can apply to a myriad of other things. We may be splendidly generous with our money (especially at church), but how are we doing in the rest of our lives?
We can give our time. It could be volunteering at a do-good organization, or as simple taking the time to have someone in need over for tea and a good talk. What about your kids—although it may seem like you see them a lot (especially if you homeschool!), have you actually spent quality time with them lately?
Don’t be tight-fisted with your worldly possesions. I’m not saying to give everything away, but rather, if someone is in need of something that you have, the Lord may lead you to give it to them. If He does, give it cheerfully. He will reward you!
There are countless other ways to give to people. See how many you can find today!