Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.
It’s a good afternoon for a walk. The rain has stopped for now and the pup is longingly looking at her leash. The weatherman says there’s a cold front coming our way making the skies to the north dark and grey, so we decide to take advantage of the break in the rain and head out to enjoy the outdoors.
Walking through the neighborhood, the dead leaves are crunching beneath my boots. Suddenly the wind begins to gust by us, ushering in another blast of cooler air around these parts. The lifeless piles of leaves seem to come to life dancing around in circles. The wind blows them this way, and they go this way. Then the wind blows them that way, and they go that way. They swirl and twirl, they bounce and skip, they tumble and glide wherever the wind aimlessly carries them. Aimless and lifeless . . . full of motion, but void of life.
How many days have I walked around just like those leaves? Full of motion, going here and there, drifting aimlessly through my day. How many times have I let the circumstances of my day determine what I do, how I respond? Do I wake up, roll out of bed not even thinking seriously about the hopes of my day? That’s not how God intends my day to be.
Instead I need to take time, time to be purposeful about my day. I need to take the time, time to focus and time to aim myself intentionally asking for His guidance and His strength for every moment of my day. Remembering, I was created in his image by Him and for His Glory, I was not created to wander about my day aimlessly like those leaves that dance across the street ahead of me. I was created to be purposeful in His Love.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.