Monday, September 4, 2017

Who Do You Want To Imitate?

I am so very thankful for people in my life that have shown me God's grace and been true examples of His love. Friends who uplift, encourage and spur me on in my own faith to show kindness and love to others.

I love the book of Hebrews. In chapter 13 verse 7 it says, "Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith." Love that. I can rattle off at least a dozen or more people that I would love to just have a small portion of their faith.

The passage continues and in verses 15-16 it says, "Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased."

I want to be that kind of person. Praiseful, encouraging, kind, thankful and sharing God's blessings with others around me. And maybe they too will want to spread joy to others. That is what discipleship and mentoring is all about. It is a passion of mine.

It is really easy to grumble and vent. So easy. I have to stop myself when I begin to rant about something. I have to constantly give it up to God. Share love, joy, blessings. It is the best way. The way for me to get into the right frame of mind is to get my Bible out, even if I am not in the mood, and read. Maybe just my favorite verses but something to help me "connect". And I pray for God to give me a desire for the Word. And over the past several years I have yearned and longed to study my Bible and as I study I get lost in it.

 My prayer would be for you to seek Him. Find those around you who YOU want to imitate. Spend time with them. Pray for God to bring someone into your life to encourage your heart.

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