Paul writes in Galatians 6 that each of us is responsible for our own conduct. We are afforded God's grace for salvation and also for living out that salvation. But we each are RESPONSIBLE for surrendering to His grace.
Paul pleased three times that the thorn in his flesh would depart. Yet God responded, "My grace is sufficient for you for my strength is made perfect in weakness" 2nd Cor. 12:9.
In order to realize God's grace for living, we must surrender to it and believe that it is sufficient...that it is enough for us even in our darkest days.
In doing that, we then see strength being perfected or completed in the weakness of our flesh.
Point to Ponder: What specific area in your life do you need to surrender to God's grace?
While the context is concerning unity among believers, I want to reflect upon unity as it relates to the individual.
Spiritual application: What does it take to be a person whose body, soul and spirit are unified? I believe it means living non-hypocritically. Do I present one attitude on the outside while harboring the opposite on the inside?
In order to live in unity and with peace among others, we must first begin with ourselves.
After all, we bring ourselves “to the table” in any relationship. Start within to endeavor to keep the unity in the bond of peace without.
Physical application: To become a “unified” person whose outside reflects the inside, what is known in the counseling profession as “congruency,” I have 3 factors that will help us reach personal unity:
* Set personal boundaries.
* Determine what you are willing to do.
* Do that with a good attitude.
Make every effort to keep yourself unifiedin spirit and at peace.
Interrupting this "running" blog to link a recording of myself and my daughter, Audra, singing Smokey Robinson's "The Tracks of My Tears."
Vocals ~ Melanie & Audra "Big Girl Pants Productions"
Guitar ~ Audra
Every once in awhile we sit down together and work on a song. We learned this in an hour this afternoon and recorded it at the kitchen counter.
Clickhereto follow the link and listen. Enjoy!
Most days I run alone but a couple of times a week I run with one of my friends. There are good things about both and while out running today, I mentally composed a list (because it's hard to run with a laptop) of 10 good things about running solo ~ or not.
Good things about running alone
You can spit when you need to.
You can speed up or slow down when you want to.
You don’t have to worry about interrupting yourself when you are talking to yourself.
You don’t have to be concerned whether if you smell your own stink, your running partner may smell you too.
You don’t have to apologize if you get distracted and lose your train of thought in a conversation. (Pretty flowers! Look at that bird! What a weird tree! What was I saying?)
It’s easier to run faster when you’re not carrying on a conversation.
Good things about running with a friend
You get to share the experience.
You can swap stories about how your week’s going.
You get to use up some excess words so you don’t wear your (not nearly as talkative) husband out.
You are able to multi-task a workout with a social visit.
You can "do life" on the running path together.
What about you? Do you prefer to run alone or with a friend?