Heart Check: Self Evaluation
I like to wake up most mornings and have 'me time'. I usually make my cup of coffee and enjoy a devotion or two. This is a good time for me to do a self checkup on my heart, to make sure it is in the right place before I start my day. This self checkup referenced the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22:
"Love is patient love is kind. It is not self seeking. It is not easily angered. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes" 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
LOL, when the lord calls you out on your ish! Hence, the importance of my checkups. I can automatically think "ok- patience! kindness! yes. slow down and be the reason someone smiles today" but then I started thinking about protection- what does it look like to protect someone ALWAYS. It isn't everyday I find myself in a situation to protect. And then I began to look at it differently-
Us humans have pretty big mouths. It is so easy to chime in when someone is spilling the tea on someone else. Even it is the unpopular thing to do- we are to protect. We shield those who are being talked about, even when they are not around. That is love.
Have joy even if my current circumstances aren't great.
"Take a second. breathe. slow down." When I begin to feel anxious or sense chaos, this is what I say to myself. Having peace gives you the ability to think clearly and does not add unnecessary chaos to situations.
The world needs a little more of this. I always preach this. You never know what someone is going through and a little bit of kindness can go along way.
Goodness is to lead by example. To be the light in the darkness. To be generous. Do I have a generous and a giving heart?
Am I walking by faith or sight? I can't see my future, but do I choose faith over fear?
To me, gentleness and peacefulness go hand in hand. I gravitate toward people who have a sense of gentleness and peacefulness about them. There is something that feels safe. To be gentle is to take special, delicate care of one another.
8. Self Control
How can I practice self discipline? When my first reaction is to get angry, how can I shift the negative energy to create peace?