Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave you.
EPHESIANS 4:32 AMP
Good Morning! After a little more than a week of this nasty cold, I’m starting to feel better! Thank you for your prayers. The weather has been beautiful, and when you are sick, you miss opportunities.
Speaking of opportunities, have you ever been slammed publicly without knowing why? It happens to me quite a bit with my job. One of my colleagues once told me “I just listened and then I understood what they were saying.” Well, of course, the first thing I always want to do is clear my name and “save face”. I mean, wow! It would be so much nicer if the person would just come to me personally without broadcasting the problem, so I could at least understand what is wrong. Then, I usually want to complain.
When this happened very recently, I wanted to fuss a little at first. Then, I took a step back and thought about it. I had been asking God to help me expand my ministry. Hmmm. Maybe, this was an opportunity. The more I thought about it, the more I recognized the situation for what it was. If this hadn’t been an opportunity for ministry growth, it would have at least been an opportunity to practice loving my neighbors. Plus, everyone has bad days now and again. So, this is the beginning of my story about an opportunity. We all have these types of situations everyday. If we can just take a step back and think of how everything fits into God’s plan, it is much easier to handle the struggle and see it as an opportunity for growth.
Remember to forgive others as God has forgiven you. Have a wonderful Thursday! God bless you.