“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Sometimes I find it difficult to live out my faith, and sometimes it comes so easy.
Tuesday I had to run to Family Christian Store, I went to the one in Waterford, never been to that one before, it was freezing, if you go there, bring a sweater. I was looking for a couple of gifts. I was standing in line and the woman had forgotten her coupon for 20% off. The woman behind the counter didn't have any extra. I had one, but the one I had was for 20% off even sale items, and everything I bought was on sale, so honestly, I didn't want to give up my coupon, but I have a Pastor's Perks Card that you can use on regular priced items (20% off) so I asked if she could use my card... The nice cashier said yes. After the shopping woman left, the cashier said it was nice to see someone living out their faith, she also said that people are not nice when they come in and she's been sworn at... Yikes... I thought I was just being nice.
Today, I stopped and got bagels. It was $5 more to get my group bagels instead of just me. For the most part I like the people in my group, there are a few I am praying out of it (3 down 3 to go), I pray that they leave and get good opportunities (I don't pray for harm, it's not good for me or them). One of the not-so-nice (NSN) people asked me if he could have a bagel. You have no idea how hard it was to say "sure, that's why I brought them, to share". I'm not kidding, it was difficult, but I thought, he'll never learn if no one shows him.
I love that one verse about hot coals (Romans 12:19-21). There are many days I want to hold their heads in the toilet and give them a swirly, or really drop hot coals on their heads, but I try to remember grace. Grace was given to me, and if I am going to live out my faith, I have to extend it to others.
John 1:16 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.