“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
(I Corinthians 13:4-5)
How many times have you said “there’s not enough hours in the day,” or “if I only had more time?”
If you stop to think about it you’ll realize what foolish statements those are. Everyone has the same 24
hours, yet some people seem to accomplish a lot and others next to nothing. Some people have fulfilling
successful lives while others are forgotten long before they even die. All the wheels they’ve spun and their
life has counted for nothing. I know a lot of people whose lives are negligible. So do you. They talk about
nothing important, think thoughts totally in the moment, and spend their lives entertaining themselves with all
kinds of empty pursuits.
It has taken some of us so long to get to a place where we’re walking with God, trusting Him, accepting
whatever state we are in, knowing it will get better - and let’s face it - that came with a lot of bumps in the
road. All to find that we can drop back down in an instant and we wonder how that could possibly happen
when we knew better.
The Bible is full gems which are more than little hints to live by - they’re solid truths designed to make us
conform to God’s image. The world has a lot of mantras which are flippantly recited and are of course
founded in God’s word whether they choose to recognize it or not. Things like “believe the best about
someone, don’t complain, we reap what we sow.” These and many more are simply watered-down versions
of the very words of Jesus.
It is important for us to know that we’ve been called to be different, to stand out. And that’s more often than
not way beyond our comfort zone. Jesus said that if a tree is bearing no fruit, prune it. Even more so, he
cursed a tree to death which was fruitless. So we need to ask ourselves this: has God lost a vessel He was
counting on to work through? Someone He’s called who’s forgotten their calling? If there’s any hesitation
in answering, then He has. And that vessel is you.
The Apostle Paul could see it. He said that he, like everyone else, had a thorn in his flesh. It could have
been anything. Some people believe he was fighting his gay tendencies. Some don’t. So what. Irrelevant.
Maybe that’s why he exhorted the Corinthians to be patient and kind and all of the things mentioned in the
Scripture above. Practicing these things makes us God-like and that’s the point. He starts off by saying
“love is!” There it is again. Love. If above all else we walk in love, everything else will fall in place. It’ll bring
us right back to where we’ve wanted to be. Close to God. Loving others the way God loves. It’s not easy,
but we were never promised “easy.” What we were promised was eternal life.
Can you even count the times Satan has given you a bad day? How about giving him one for a change?
Walk in love. Become a vessel again.