Let’s try this again shall we?
By: Leslie B. Williamson
At the end of the day is a good time to evaluate yourself. Sometimes, I look back on how I may have interacted with others or carried on a conversation and I find that I have disappointed myself. Perhaps I could have handled things differently or missed an opportunity to be that shining light that someone may have so desperately needed. After all, we can never get back the twenty-four hours we have spent. What we have said and done in that time is written down in history and just because another day dawns doesn’t mean that those actions have disappeared.
Every night before we retire, we should make sure that we have gotten those things right with the Father and with those we have encountered. Sometimes we allow things to be swept under the rug and before long, we permit the dust of our actions to become a blanket of suffocating filth. God has charged us to bear fruit, not soot.
Even though we are believers, we are not always happy or in a good mood. Perhaps someone may have not been nice to you and caused you to take on that very same demeanor. We cannot afford to allow our actions to make another have a bad experience with us. We are to be the light and the salt of the earth. Instead, we sometimes leave a bitter taste in the mouths of those who are looking to us tor direction. You may ask, “How do I do better”? I’m so glad you asked!
Understand that you are not superhuman and you have your moments too just like everyone else, but don’t make that your excuse. Righteous indignation is one thing, but to allow a hateful attitude to pour out on others is totally another. Yes, the Father wants us to be ourselves, and he also wants us to work on ourselves and stop making excuses. The Holy Spirit wants to sweeten us and give us the character of the Christ so that we can draw the lost and needy. Jeremiah 31:3 says, “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” People are drawn by loving kindness, not an unkind or miserable countenance and response.
Again I stress to you, your “bad” day is no excuse to let it leak out on others. Many of you today need to go and apologize to a few people I’m almost sure. Don’t let another twenty-four hours go by without getting that right. Don’t let the sun go down without turning that situation in a positive direction with a phone call, a note in the mail or maybe even a short visit. Lay down that pride and make God proud to call you His son or daughter.
So tonight before you lay your precious head on that fluffy pillow, evaluate your daily actions, the words you have spoken and the people you have encountered. Could you have done better? Could you have smiled a little more? Perhaps you could have. Repent and make it right. Be aware that everyday is a day that was created for you to be a light. Watch how the joy of the Lord will strengthen you to smile when you don’t feel like it and encourage someone when you need someone to do the same for you. Your assignment from God will take precedence over your agendas and you will see Him work through you to make someone else want to know Him.