We ALL have areas of growth and in reality we will never “arrive” until we see HIM. I love that God is constantly perfecting, recalibrating, remaking; with each day we choose his way over our own, He is bringing us closer and closer to a direct reflection of Him. and when I read this passage this morning, I was instantly recalibrated. its a lot easier to seem than to actually be, its easier to talk than it is to walk. its easier to shoot first and ask questions later. the extra effort is really what makes the difference. it sucks and sometimes you wonder, “why does it always have to be ME?”. because, darling, you were made for such a time as this. time to mature. time to grow.
“I’m slow to speak, swift to hear and slow to wrath and I let my words be few.” (James 1:19, Eccl. 5:2, Jn.8:26).
Listening and Doing –> James 1: 19- 27
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
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p.s. i thank God EVERYDAY that i get grow up in private. that all my shortcomings are not splayed on people.com for all too see. and that he loves me enough to not leave me alone and to correct me and allows me to learn what it means to be like him. and I thank God that it is not option.