“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NLT.
Whenever my children act out because they couldn’t get their way, I let them know, that was the wrong response. In life, there’s a right way to respond and there’s a wrong way. How do you respond to challenges, to adversity, and to change? How do you act when you can’t get your way?
Right before a speaking engagement I was told I couldn’t do something I really felt God was leading me to do. Disappointment can steal your joy and enthusiasm if you allow it. But before I allowed myself to respond in a negative way, I asked God to help me respond right and to give me His view on the situation. As He always does, He helped me. God doesn’t just want us to have a submissive heart to Him, He also wants us to have a submissive heart to each other.
God will help you. He will meet you at that point where you need Him most. He will help you have the right attitude while facing adversity. He will help you respond right when you can’t get your way.
In order to respond properly to life’s challenges, you will have to let God help you keep a right heart, a submissive attitude and a right perspective. This is what separates the girls from the women.
Prayer: Father God, I ask that you help me respond properly to the challenges I’m facing. Help me not to behave in a way that grieves you. Give me a right perspective and a submissive attitude that keeps the bigger picture in mind. Thank you Lord for growing me up in the things of you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Meditate on Ephesians 5:21)