Thoughts. Before you speak, one has a thought. As we listen to others as they speak we deliberate how we should respond. “Think before you speak!” they say. Hence what do we learn, that we have two ears to listen and one mouth to speak. I cannot help but think that faith is mainly as a result of how we think, right? So today, I woke up, my first thought was to pray. To face this day and each day, it is essential. When I was preparing to head out I thought of songs of praise. Okay, I’m I being too much? I surely hope so.
I can tell you now, it wasn’t always like that. However, I have learnt and I pray it stays that way, that God is always first. In the book of James 5 verse 13 it says, “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.” It has been a priority in my life to live as the Bible dictates. For the Bible speaks so clearly on how one should act.
Ever since my childhood, I was quite an avid reader of the word. So much so, I knew the books from the back to the front. Just the books haha, so when I’d get to church I knew which book was where! When I got to my twenties that seemed to changed drastically. My thoughts on God were deeply questioned. My thoughts on Christianity were questioned. My thoughts on church were questioned. It was safe to say that since I grew up reading the word avidly, I would know the answers. But at the time, I didn’t. I allowed opinions to cloud my vision on who God was.
So what happened after that? I made a lot of compromises. This was quite the learning curve for the worst! My choices and decisions were based on opinions by people. For instance, Valentine’s Day was last week. Don’t get me started *sigh*. For single people like me, it is not the best day. If anyone of you is single like me on the past valentines, just know, it’s okay. It’s okay not to have a valentine’s date or a boyfriend or wife to go home to each day. Okay? If anything time is your friend. Let God.
To obey the word is way better! It gives one more to live for. As I said, time is your friend, it will give you the space to make up for the past mistakes. To live uprightly in God’s eyes. To work out your salvation. To witness and live out miracles. And mostly, to see a brother or sister come to Christ. As the book of James says in the 5 chapter verse 20, “remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”
My friend, there is so much more to live for. God knows your deepest and most earnest prayers. He wants to give you a life and a life in abundance. Yet we yearn and we can live it right now. Make that decision today, my friend and I promise you, God’s love will never fail you. Until next time, know that I love you and will be praying for you. Shalom!