Vintage Virtue: Responsibility

At some point in our lives, we’ve all littered, whether it was a small unnoticed gum wrapper falling from the floor mat as we open our car door, or the wind tearing away our extra napkins from our grasp as we take a bite into our summer festival favorite and choose to continue to enjoy rather than giving chase. Perhaps unintentional and seemingly minor, the litter becomes the responsibility of others to clean up and harmful to the earth for which God has charged us to take care.
Similarly, the responsibilities we all have that we unintentionally neglect or make excuses for not doing, can place mistrust and harbor resentment in relationships and allow us to shy away from a virtue given to us by God that we must cultivate. In this manner, we have not been honest with ourselves and life can fall apart before we see the pieces falling away.
Take time to reflect on your responsibilities to your family (financially, emotionally, etc.), to your work, and in other areas of your life; pray on God’s guidance and support in your efforts. As written in the gospel of Luke, “If you’re honest in small things, you’ll be honest in big things; If you’re a crook in small things, you’ll be a crook in big things. If you’re not honest in small jobs, who will put you in charge of the store?” (16:10 The Message) Make a commitment to do what is yours to do—God is with you!

Forgive and Forget

Forgive and forget
Matthew 6:12(The Message Translation): “Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.”
I love how Eugene Peterson translated this verse in The Message. It really gives the full effect of the verse: Lord keep us forgiven in you, and help us to forgive others. I love what Geoff talked about on Sunday, that we will never feel the full affect of being forgiven, until we forgive. How many of us are holding on to that grudge we just can’t seem to let go of? I know I am. The first part is owning up to it, then taking the steps afterwards to let it go. This week, take a few minutes and write out people you need to forgive. For some, it may be an event from 10 or more years ago; for others, it might be something that just happened this week. Whatever it is, write it down and own up to it. It is time to move forward and let the past be the past. Let it out and let God do the rest.
Listen with an open heart.

Keep Your Eyes Open

Short and sweet, yet straight to the point this week. Many of our spiritual walks have been that of a horse with blinders. We have been so accustomed to the same rituals and traditions of our past, that we don’t dare to look around for something new. I would like to encourage you with a verse that gives us reason to keep our eyes open: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22,23)
Take off the blinders and be refreshed by the God who show us something new every single morning. You may want to keep your eyes open, because this is going to be great.
Listen with an open heart.