Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Put it into practice!

I hate snow, there is no doubt in anyone's mind about that.  I have learned to appreciate it when it comes.

It means:
I will get some good cardio (snow shoveling also burns quite a bit of calories)
I will have some peaceful alone time with God
I will have the chance to show love

Huh?  show love in snow?

Many of you readers (all 3 of you) know that I shovel my neighbor's sidewalks and walk ways.

A couple of weeks ago, I came home on a Friday (always super tired on Fridays) and everyone on the block's walks were shoveled... except mine.  :(

I was soooo angry.  I thougtht 'really?'  all the times I shovel your walks and you couldn't just push that shovel in front of my house.  My daughter is on crutches, I work all week, AND I almost always do ALL of yours! 

And the next day it snowed.  You have no idea how much I didn't want to shovel anyone elses.  Well, maybe you do.  I did though, I shoveled all of theirs.

Because it says in Eph 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love

And in Col 4:5
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity

In Phil 2:1-4
 1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

I've been reading Phil 4 for A MONTH!  some bible reading plan, huh?  one month 4 chapters.  I've found sometimes that the problem with bible reading plans is that FOR ME, I read them just to read them and I get frustrated if I get behind and then I quit.  I have been reading other books and chapters (this month, John, Luke, Titus, Philemon, 1 & 2 Tim, Proverbs) but I have really STUDIED Phillipians and how Paul spoke to me all these years later.  How relevent the bible is to our lives. Its really been amazing!

Back to the snow.  As part of my 'appreciating' the snow...  I am going to go running today... OUTSIDE!  Yes, I know... YUCK!  but I am going to, I hate running on the treadmill, I love running outside, so I am going to try it.  I hope I end up loving it!!

Phil 4:8-9 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you

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