Thursday, January 12, 2012

Go Ahead, Ask Me

Colossians 3:17 (NASB)
Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Colossians 3:17 (AMP)
And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.

“Bert, I don’t have time to clean the house, my post for the blog isn’t finished yet.”

Even though I could tell Bert wasn’t happy, that line of reasoning made sense to me because the house didn’t look that bad, and what would the world do without my insights? (Totally kidding with the last part of that sentence – well, maybe not totally!)

Last week I shared the goal I’m working on for the rest of January: to show more respect to my husband, Bert. Guess who loved that goal (besides God)?

Since then, I picked Colossians 3:17 as my verse to help me. The Amplified version reminds me to depend on God to help me to do all things (even change my priorities) with the right attitude.

The verse also depicts the attitude I want to emulate: to do everything as one representing God Himself – with thanksgiving. What if every word I spoke and every deed I performed for Bert, I spoke or did as if I were literally representing the ultimate Servant? I assure you, I would really have to depend on God’s presence within me to accomplish that – especially when you add the “giving thanks” part. But could you imagine what that attitude could do for a marriage?

I truly believe that we encounter amazing joy and peace as we pursue a higher level of obedience. Do you crave that kind of joy and peace? I do. Each time we’re tempted, let’s obey God – one choice at a time.

And although cleaning house is not an extraordinary act, I also want to respect Bert by prioritizing in ways that honor him. After all, I am blessed with a great husband.

Now, readers, I give you permission to ask me: Is my tone when speaking to Bert always loving? Are my thoughts concerning him affirming ones? Or, how did I handle it when he asked me to run an errand that he was suppose to run – especially when I’m already feeling stressed with my schedule?

Okay, now it’s your turn. What is your goal for the rest of January? What verse(s) are you going to memorize or meditate on?

I heard from a few of you via email or by commenting on the blog. Your feedback helped formed this week’s post. Thank you.

What do you think?

• Do you want to experience profound joy and peace as you pursue a higher level of obedience?

• What’s keeping you from joining us in setting a goal for the next two weeks? What verse(s) would help you with that goal?

2 comments:

  1. I really love the verse for this week! This is going to help me tremendously with my speech. My goal this year is to show respect to my husband no matter what as Eph. 5:33 tells us. I admit, I have not always done that. Why do we always treat other people outside the family better than we treat our family? I know that's not always the case, but I believe more so than not. Too, I find that when I do watch what I say and how I say it, God's peace and presence rules the atmosphere. Thanks for this encouragement - I love the new topic but at the same time, it fits well with the foundation of love that was laid in the previous posts.

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  2. MJ, we seem to have a lot in common. Will you please specfically pray for me for the very things you wrote about? And I will return the favor.

    May God bless you with even more determination to be the loving wife God is calling you to be.

    And thank you again for your encouraging words.

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