Gosh Like How am I suppose link Living your dreams to graciousness? So I dropped the dreams and picked up graciousness. The amazing thing was that 3 weeks ago when I first started to prep for the Devo, I decided to look in a 365 day devotion book and see what was on 29th July. Lo and behold it was Romans 12:17 which essentially says live peaceably with everyone. Initially, I couldn't figure how to run with this thought. When I got the call, that reference came back to mind, so I decided to revisit it.
Got writer's block at 6p.m. and decided to finish it up when I get home. That was a no go. The Big One was use the Mac most of the time and the Small One wanted my attention the rest of the time. Hit the sack at 10p.m., asked God for inspiration and planned to get up between 4.30-5.00 a.m. to rush the devo out. Really running it thin this time. zzzZZZzzz Woke up at 2.45AM with like this idea in my head so spent the next hour or so banging it out on the keyboard. Printed it out and whwn bavk to bed at 4.00AM . Here is a summary of it.
Romans 17-19 Don't hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you've got it in you, get along with everybody. Don't insist on getting even; that's not for you to do. "I'll do the judging," says God. "I'll take care of it."
How do we live peaceably? How do you get along with EVERYONE
We learn it is the HARD way but is worth it:
Hold Loosely on to things. Value people more importantly than things. look at want you have as a privilege you've been given and not aright that you deserve
Act justly, being fair and honest in dealing with others. That is, to make friends not enemies of the people around you. Admit your failing and faults.
Respond Kindly. A harsh word stirs up anger but a soft answer turns away wrath. Be gracious when others fail (in keeping promises or doing things) remembering that you too have failed. Be giving and forgiving, just as you would want to be and have been forgiven. Look for the gem and jewels in other people.
Decide Daily to live peaceably with others. Don't worry if others are not doing the same. "If possible as much as it depends on you" Living peaceably depends as much on you as it does on others. THen you would begin to change the atmosphere around you.
I pray it touches someone ....