It’s here – the first day of SPRING!!! Well, at least on the calendar…but “old man winter” really does have to leave eventually to allow “lovely lady spring” to arrive! I really did enjoy the slightly warmer temps today — in the upper 30s — before this weekend’s nose dive back down to teens and single digits!
So again – onto warmer thoughts with devotions for this first day of SPRING. Remember to check out Daily Scripture Readings, if you would like to read some Psalms and Proverbs for the day (there were some good ones today!)
“Everyone in the world desires to be loved and accepted. God’s love is the most wonderful gift He could give you. And you have the privilege of sharing that love by allowing it to flow through you into the lives of others.
Many people try to find happiness in getting, but true happiness can only be found in giving.
Think of yourself as a dispensary of blessings. Be the kind of person others come to looking for love and blessings. You’ll discover that as you give love away, you’ll reap happiness and love in your own life.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
“There are no hopeless cases, no useless people in God’s eyes. Each of us is His special creation. We are not accidents; and if we will give Him the opportunity, He will restore everything that has been damaged and help us be someone even we can be delighted to be.
Ego thrives on competition and striving to be first, but what is the point of competition? What does it get you? Not contentment. Not joy.
It can’t get you the one thing that matters–eternal salvation and peace with God. Instead of competition, spirit thrives on cooperation and love; because the only true goal is to know God, and then to help others, through love, to do the same.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
“Father, I thank You for the people in my life who seem to bring more pain than joy, for I believe You have let our paths cross for important reasons. Thank You for the good things You want to do in my life through the things that bother me (their irritating habits – their moodiness – their unloving ways – their demands – their insensitivity – their unrealistic expectations).
I praise You that I need not fret about these people, or be envious, or mull over angry thoughts to prove I’m right. Thank You that by Your power I can receive them as You receive me: just as I am, warts and wrinkles and hang-ups and all…I can choose not to judge them, but to forgive them, to cancel any debts I feel they owe me–any apologies, any obligations…through Your grace, I can choose to wipe clean any slate of grievances I have within me, and to view these people with a heart that says, ‘You no longer owe me a thing.’
Thank You for Your spirit who empowers me, so that I can do them good, delight in You, and commit my way to You, resting in You as You unfold Your good purposes in these relationships –in Your time.”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
-1- I’m definitely going to remember this phrase: “Think of yourself as a dispensary of blessings.” And then pray that I can fulfill it!
-2- It’s always great to be reminded that we are not hopeless, nor useless–no matter how much we might feel like that sometimes! And I definitely prefer cooperation and collaboration over competition and confrontation!
-3- Ah, another hard choice, especially depending on the severity of the perceived wrong-doings others have committed against us…to choose to forgive them and let the offense go. It’s so easy to hold grudges, yet that’s a rather unhealthy habit.
So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you like the idea of being a “dispensary of blessings” for others?
If you have been feeling hopeless or useless, I hope the second devotional especially speaks to you today! Do you prefer cooperation over competition?
And again — do you find it difficult to let go of offenses, especially if the person who committed them is your spouse, partner, another family member, or a long-time friend, and you have had to “put up” with the offensive behavior for many years?