I should have seen this coming.
It all started when I was driving down overcrowded Interstate 75 near the city of Atlanta. I was simply trying to enjoy the day and stay alive while maneuvering my way home on one of the worst Interstates in the entire galaxy.
Although my knuckles were turning white from gripping the steering wheel I was as I said, trying to enjoy the day. Singing along with my CD …
“make me an instrument of peace, where there is hate let me sow love…”
When suddenly a work truck full of men cut in front of me causing me to have to slam on my breaks! Okay, slamming on the breaks was my own interpretation of what I needed to do, nevertheless the break debacle nearly caused me to get rear-ended by someone going 110 mph! (I’m estimating here. They could have been going 80…)
“What are you doing…you stupid idiot” is what I screamed.
After a moment of heart pounding and hands shaking I resumed singing along…
“…it’s in the loving we find love, it’s in the giving we receive…”
And then it hit me. The words. The ones I was singing and the ones I’d just yelled.
I’m sorry…I breathed to the One who was listening.
Shoulda known I hadn’t heard the last of this.
In my morning reading I’m going through the New Testament. A few days ago I got to Galatians 5:22 and read over the familiar fruits-of-the-Spirit. My Bible had a note: “other lists of virtues: 1 Co 6:9, 2Co 6:6, Eph 4:2, 5:9, Col 3:12”
On a whim I looked up all the virtues from each verse. It would be interesting, I thought, to see which virtue is listed the most…sigh.
It is with a very heavy heart that I tell you which virtue was in fact listed over and over and over and over…
Although I didn’t get any of those virtues built into my personality if there was one that is almost void in me it’s the “P” word.
I’m pretty certain this will get more and more interesting as it usually does when The Father shines a light on something He wants to grow in me…stay tuned.
How about you? Out of the virtues I found in those verses above, which were:
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control, purity, understanding, humility, righteousness, truth, compassion and forgiveness…
Is there one that stands out that you’d like to see grow in your life?
Come on…I can’t be the only one.
Love to each one of you…xoxo