Whatever we are doing, we are doing it in the presence of God, (from Mother Teresa, Essential Writings).
The woman who was known as Mother Teresa was not a theologian or a great writer. She simply lived her life within that sentence, and thus changed lives of multitudes, one person at a time.
What if we each opened the door of our life wide, and let God in. Just swing that door open, and ask Him to come into every circumstance of our day.
The idea of acting on our Godly heritage in our daily routine sounds very refreshing and energizing. If each of us kept making right choices and taking steps of faith in every decision, would we influence the next person, and the next as St. Teresa?
A helpful book from Joel Osteen, ?I Declare, 31 Promises to Speak over Your Life,?walks through specific, positive declarations toward the victorious life we each hope for.
To clarify, he relates, for example, the scripture, Let the weak say, I am strong, doesn't suggest the weak call five friends and discuss their weakness, complaining about their weakness, but to say exactly the opposite: Talk about the way the weak want to be strong.
Bonnie Donnelly is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Marietta. Thoughts of Faith is a weekly column written by various ministers and lay people. Those interested in scheduling a date for writing a Thoughts of Faith column should contact Christy Hudson at 376-5446 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other words, to change a negative day into positive takes faith and a change of attitude. Breaking a day into conversations, this means, turning sentences from a draining, defeated focus, to life-giving appreciation and support.
It's becoming so easy to see the down part of life. It's like if a person is wearing a heavy overcoat on a summer day, they are going to sweat to death unless they take some kind of action to remove that coat.
I have a friend, Drema, who prays daily that she will be an encourager to others, and her conversations are filled with positive declarations.
She's a careful listener, and she remembers details enough to ask how things are going in particulars. To her value, she has a natural ability to turn a sentence around to the blessing rather than the difficulty.
Remember the mustard seed in Matthew 13, when Jesus said, "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches."?
It seems as if Jesus was telling His disciples that although His ministry appeared to be starting small, it would become a place of refuge for all who sought shelter.
Drema reinforces the kingdom for me. She speaks the hope of God, a shared ideal with another woman who walked another road, on another day.
Daily living with God in our hearts begins as a small seed, but as it is placed in good soil - the Word of God, prayer, and fellowship - it grows, and offers shelter to others.