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)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I get by...

What would you think if I sang out of tune,
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song
And I'll try not to sing out of key.

I was reading Gen 14-15 today. Abram Rescues Lot
Crazy good story.
I have been thinking about my friends. The people in my life that have come and gone. The ones who have been with me for so long. How people in my family have gone from being my cousins to being my friends.
I have also been thinking about how when we don’t reach out to others when we need help (usually because of pride) that our mess is bigger than it needs to be. I am one of those kind of people who try to get themselves out of their own mess. But in that, it takes longer to dig out. Not only that, we need people in our lives to encourage and love us (and kick us in the be-hind sometimes!)

Pastor Chilly posted these scriptures the other day! Wow! So good! This is how we should love our friends!

We are to “build each other up”. Romans 14:19
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification

We are to “serve one another”. Galatians 5:13
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

We are to “share each other’s burdens”. Galatians 6:1-2
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

We are to be “forgiving one another”. Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

We are to “submit to one another”. Ephesians 5:21
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ

We are to “warn each other”. Hebrews 3:12-13
See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

We are to “motivate one another”. Hebrews 10:24-25
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

I’m so thankful for friends and family that I can send out prayer requests to, share joy with. It’s funny how as soon as I read the title of my reading I started singing ‘I get by with a little help from my friends’. I can’t imagine my life without all the beautiful people that God has planted in my life. Some annuals and some perennials, each blooming at different times.

I am blessed by the grace of God.

P.S.  I also loved the part when Abram said 'I don't even want the straps of your sandals, so that you cannot take credit for my riches.  All the glory will go to God for my blessings!' (of course, I paraphrased)  How great is that!!!

1 comment:

Felisol said...

Loving, unconditional help from friends and family is the greatest gift one can ever imagine.
A blessing greater that any gift from the shop.
Sometimes it is easier to give than be the receiver of a gift a gift.
There is a saying my mother often quote, Gifts and gift's re-gifts will keep a friendship longest.

I guess I may be a bit overeager that way..
Without friends and family I will not get by, that's the naked truth.