Friday, January 13, 2017

pollution or perseverance?

"If you have not slept, or if you have slept, or if you have headache, or sciatica, or leprosy, or thunder-stoke, I beseech you, by all angels, to hold your peace, and not pollute the morning."  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Pollution in the morning.  Yep, I can claim fault of polluting the morning.  I can take a new day full of opportunity and make it all about ME - my pain and problems.  I can feel sorry for myself and make life out to be soooo horrendous by focusing on morning arthritis, my sleep depravity, my aches and pains, my worries.  But then what does that do?  What effect does that have on those I live with and encounter?  What example does that mirror in relationship to my showcasing the glory of my King?

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:29-30)

For we all have problems, don't we?  We all can complain about every little, stinking, rotten thing that is wrong in our lives.  What we have lost.  What we don't have, or never had.  What we think should be different in our lives.  What stresses us out and gives us anxiety.  What irritates us.  What should be better but isn't.  Sure, by focusing on such things, today might already seem be the suckiest of all days... but at least we have today, don't we?  At least God has granted us precious life.  So why waste it, Believer?  Why give the enemy a foothold to pollute these once-in-a-lifetime moments rather than use our breath to salute the One who redeems us this very hour?  Instead, why not be grateful and cherish this unique time rather than lose another second to clamoring and grumbling?  Has Jesus not overcome the sin of this world?  Yes He has.  So aren't these trials intended for our good in the end?  Yes, they are.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)

Pollution or perseverance?  It is a deliberate choice that must be made every glorious hour.  Will we seek after God's holy maturity, or will we continue to whine, moan, and tantrum?  Oh, how I hope we will persevere in the Savior's Name and stop complaining and polluting.  How I pray that we will leave our grumblings at His altar and resolve to believe in His proven Word.  For He is in full control.  He does have our best interest at heart and has planned all moments for His good.  Indeed, He will oversee our concerns because He cares for His own.  He cares deeply for me and you!

The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. (Psalm 145:13b-14)

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life - in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. (Philippians 2:14-16)

As Edward Dayton put it, "There are always enough hours in every day to do the perfect will of God."  Let's keep our eye on the prize and choose to persevere rather than pollute.  This is the day to rejoice and be glad!

This day, this very hour, is precious LIFE in Jesus' Name!



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