we’ve all read and heard the story of mary and martha. and the themes of busyness and distraction versus the discipline of a stilled and quieted soul. choosing what is better. i’d like to use the similar structure for a new story on the fruits of the spirit: gentleness and kindness. aka the attitude less one. hahaha. its one God has been showing me for a while. its called ‘fefe and josefa’.
There are 2 ladies that work in my buildings cafeteria. One named FeFe who has a constant attitude problem. she seems to be perpetually pissed off, easily iritated and just so over doing her job which is to help people. and then there is Josefa who though she deals with the same amount of iritation and customer “appreciation” always seems to be unaffected and pleasant to all she greets. sometimes she is visibly tired, she still manages to say ‘thank you. have a great day.” with a smile.
I got a chance to ask Josefa why she was always so pleasant and she said “honey, life is too short to have a stick up your butt”. hahahahahahahabut in all seriousness, i think Jesus has a thing or two to do with her attitude. I think everyday Josefa chooses to be better. I think she chooses life instead of death. she chooses to be a thermostat instead of the thermometer. she chooses to LiveLoved. easier said than done especially when everything in you wants to defend yourself against seeming injustices or when you want to throw a tantrum because life is not going your way. I’m grateful that his blood covers all my faults and inefficiencies and that I may be weak but His spirit is strong in me and my flesh may fail but my God NEVER will. He leads me and guides me and if i listen, he’ll empower me to be a little bit kinder, a littler bit more compassionate, a little bit more understanding, a little more humble everyday. Yes, the blood is my victory over a bad attitude and it can be yours today. apply it to those bitter, upset. tired places and watch HIM make those places sweet!
The truth is there is nothing wrong with fefe or josepha. they are both delightful but Josefa more consistantly chooses what is better. and for that more people are drawn to her. and plus no one likes a sour grape. 😉
what does the bible have to say about the character of a disciple: [found in galations 5 and ephesians 4 and i’m trying to ruminate on this and let it get down deep enough to plant seeds that will germinate. ]
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
To Be Mature
1-3In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.