It was yesterday late afternoon, and a cold front was coming. I quickly wrote Proverbs 15:1 for our verse for the week. It says, “A soft answer turns away wrath.” I was cleaning the floors around the children who were playing with the pattern blocks together, quite peacefully. Not long after, they started bickering. I started yelling. No one could do anything right. I’m grateful God works through the irony. I looked around at their faces later, subdued. My husband came through the door, and instead of following a good habit, I kept cleaning. I looked up, and he saw my tight lips. His look softened mine, but I wasn’t ready to give up my wrath.
I was sad later realizing that I missed something in that moment. We all lose it sometimes. I asked for forgiveness, but still I can’t get that moment back. I missed prayer this day too. A connection I cannot deny.
A habit is truly something you wear, and I chose the wrong outfit. Mumbling about productivity blinded me more to the precious gifts in front of me. It is only two weeks into this new year, and many resolutions have fallen to the sidelines for many people. This habit of listening, relating, meditating with God cannot be ignored. It is the only true stress reliever, and it keeps the negative mumbles at bay.
May we choose the right habit, and may God teach us how to wear it well.
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Colossians 3:12-14 The Message
Might we pray together for the people of Haiti on this two-year anniversary of the earthquake tonight? Reflecting on the Haitian people and their lives always opens my eyes to gratitude.