Keep it simple

23 Feb

Good morning,

As I read over Paul’s continued instruction of how to live, I am capture by the idea of how to live in peace and at peace.  I think about the people I have encounter and what makes them anxious.  I think if we follow this list from Paul it would go a long way to making our lives resemble the “holy leisure” that I have talked about before.

8-10 Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along. The law code—don’t sleep with another person’s spouse, don’t take someone’s life, don’t take what isn’t yours, don’t always be wanting what you don’t have, and any other “don’t” you can think of—finally adds up to this: Love other people as well as you do yourself. You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love.

11-14 But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!

Paul encourages us to make good use, to make God use, of the time we have left.  For this woman who lives with her 90 year old mother, I think I might have a while.  Yet, each moment is precious.  Don’t waste them on regrets, or jealousy, or past heart ache, or things you can’t control.  Enjoy this moment as a gift of God, say thanks for it, and try to return the gift as something pleasing to God.  We will bring honor to the Divine Presence AND have a gracious, peace filled life.  YEAH!!

Peace,

Mary

 

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One Response to “Keep it simple”

  1. Nikii Frank February 23, 2016 at 3:46 pm #

    I just pretend these verses and am putting them on my refrigerator!! Love, nikii >

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