May the peace of Christ rule in your heart
and mind. May the Fruit of the Spirit nourish
your soul. Greetings in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ.
As we head into February, I am reminded
of what a difficult month this may be. The
Holidays are over. Bright Christmas decorations come down.
(Barbara and I left a few up just because of that.) But the holidays
are over, we are looking at gray skies and an unpredictable wintry
mix ahead. Spring is out there somewhere. I can’t see it. Can you?
So… what to do?
Be on guard! Maybe February is a good month to spend more
time reading good uplifting books, listening to upbeat, positive
music, and enjoying our blessings. Be intentional. We’ve got a lot
working against us. In February, many people drop their resolu-
tions. If we do, we are liable to feel worse about ourselves than
before! Hang in there. Satan would love to give you a defeated
spirit. Fight him. And watch out for cabin fever. It can make us
edgy and unpleasant to be around. Watch out!
There’s no shortage of “angry birds” out there doing their thing. I
believe that statement is not only true of the world, but can creep
into the church. If you get caught up in the vortex of drama, it
grows. So, remember to be kind. Everyone is fighting some battle.
Don’t add to their baggage. There is an old Rabbinic proverb that
says “When you judge a man, first tip the scales in his favor.” To-
day we might say “Give him the benefit of the doubt.” I heard an-
other one that says “It is an awfully thin sheet of paper that only
has one side.” I use that statement in marriage counseling, when
the offended party takes no responsibility for what happened.
That, my friend is an awfully thin sheet of paper; all one sided. The
Bible even ways in on this. Proverbs 18:17 states “The first speech in
court always sounds convincing – until the cross-examination
starts.” (the Message Bible)
Guard your heart. I read a news article about “Being Resilient in 2022”.
You probably know this, but it is always helpful to remember: Eat
healthy, exercise every day, ask for help, learn to process your emotions,
write down your emotions, write down steps to take, set daily goals, sleep on
it, tap into gratitude, and finally,… just breathe… All good advice. I must add though,
that all of that must be bathed in prayer. This can be a tough month. Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart. Fight off the negative with a diet of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Ephesians 5:22, 23) That’s the Fruit of the Spirit, and
it makes for a nutritious diet. Enjoy!