I love it when I have a day that goes just so smoothly, my kids are listening and being kind and considerate to one another, all traffic lights are in my favor, lost people don’t seem so lost, no issues at the restaurant, my home magically gets cleaned as I listen to praise and worship music, and all just seems well with the world….today was not one of those days. It seems the more days I am in this challenge, it really is becoming quite the challenge. If it isn’t an issue with timing, or tag along kids, it is a heart and attitude issue with myself. So, with as trying as this day was, I found myself not even in the right frame of mind and heart to even go forth with day seven.
Luckily for me, His grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect in my weakness! I know we sometimes throw these scriptures around like they are no big deal, but as I have been meditating on them and putting them to memory, I have found they really have such incredible power. They are active, living, and can judge the attitude of the heart and thankfully change the attitude of the heart as well.
Pulling into the Publix shopping center to grab some grass-fed beef for dinner, I glanced at the scripture He had given me that day to leave behind..Psalm 145:18-19 “The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear. He also hears their cry and saves them.” My mind thought of my brothers and sisters who are being persecuted in other nations and it didn’t take long for my attitude to change and be one of just humbleness and gratefulness. I thought “How dare I allow the circumstances of my day dictate my obedience and encouragement to others.”
With those thoughts in mind, it didn’t take long for me to align my heart and mind to this challenge and complete the task for which He has called me to that day. I became aware of an older SUV that had its’ driver side window down. As usual, I glanced around to check to make sure not too many people were paying attention, got out of my van and nonchalantly placed the index card on the speedometer.
Another thing I am realizing in this challenge is obedience has a lot more to do with the attitude of the heart than it does than just physically going through the motions. Judas was obedient, but the attitude of his heart was no more joyful or selfless in desiring to obey Jesus than those that just go through the motions on Sunday morning. In over 2000 years, following Jesus has never been about a “going through the motions kind of obedience”, but a “He has captured your heart, kind of reckless abandonment obedience.” Which one do you have?