Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Year's Resolution

Since writing for this blog, I've become much more reflective about the people in my life. I find the varying dynamics of my relationships very interesting. There are those who have been a part of my life since my birth, some who have come in and slipped out of my life like the morning fog, and others who have left a lasting imprint on my life. All of my experiences have contributed to molding me into the person I am today. As a Master Potter shapes his masterpiece, God is shaping me into a vessel He can use to further His Kingdom (if I allow Him to do so).

As I've continued this reflection, I've found I often busy myself with the wrong priorities. Is it just me, or do we all find ourselves focusing more on the dysfunction in our lives rather than on that which will add growth and development to our spiritual walk with the Lord? The old saying, 'the squeaky wheel gets the oil' sure is characteristic of how I relate to others. Perhaps it's my innate need to fix things. I'm not a fan of leaving things broken around the house. I immediately solicit the help of the handy-dandy Bernard clan and voila... the shattered is mended :)

Unfortunately, people (including me) aren't easily fixed... at least not according to my "fix-it" pocket manual. So, there are masses of hurting, less-than-perfect people out there giving ditch efforts to make and maintain relationships. Every once in a while we are blessed by those out-of-the-park relationships that fill us to the very brim with the goodness of life and these are the very people I want to gravitate to, but guess what?? Often, they are keeping my back burners warm.

Satan is masterful at realigning our sights onto that which is unhealthy for spiritual and emotional health. My resolution this new year is to spend more time with those who "want me" as much as I "want them" and less time trying to "fix" that which cannot be mended.

My husband has been delivering God's message about the Fruits of the Spirit in church over the last few months. I have been praying for God to unleash the power of His Holy Spirit within me, as I realize I can't show others His fruit (love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) without His help.

God, help others to see your fruits in me and help me to discern the dysfunction that hinders my walk with You, as well as my relationships with others... Amen!



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Have a great day, my "front burner friend!" Love you! -- Faithers