It seems these days most people just want to prove they are right. Our identity and pride, built on the surety of our beliefs, needs the constant validation. We have difficulty making room for real examination and questions. Most things are not as right or wrong as we think they are. Truth is progressive and eternal. We can be confident we know the truth as much as we understand truth, but there is always a lot we don't know and don't yet understand. Even what we do know needs to be continually yielded to examination by the Holy Spirit (Ps. 139:23-24). God has made a dwelling place for us where we can grow and experience truth. I know the Father loves me not just because I read it in the Bible, but because I can experience that truth and live in it every day. "I'd rather be wrong trying to do the right thing than think I'm right while doing the wrong thing."
In his book The Return of the Prodigal Son , Henri Nouwen talks about this place of brokenness where the son falls on his kneed before his father. He says, "It's a place where I am held safe in the embrace of an all-loving Father who calls me by name and says, 'You are my beloved son, on you my favor rests.' It's a place where I can taste the joy and the peace that are not of this world." He goes on to say that this is a place he always knew was there but had not been able to enter that place and truly live there. We like to stand next to that place, talk about it, teach about it, tell others how important it is that they find a way to live in that place. We rejoice when we see people find the love on the father in that place, but we can continue to avoid living there ourselves. Why do we do that? I know for me it can be my foolish attempts to serve God and still be in control. Of course, that's not really possible. We miss so much when we hold back anythi
What are you praying for? We should know what we need to prayer about. That should be in the forefront of our minds. Start your day asking the Lord to help you be kind, extend grace to other, and practice patience. It too easy for our focus to shift during the day. We need the Holy Spirit to keep reminding us to live and respond to each moment God's way, not our own. Be open and prayerful. Let God remind you as many times as is needed. Say "Yes Lord" every time and make the adjustment for the 100th time if necessary. Don't give up until you reflect the fruit of the Spirit in that situation or conversation. Live with a sense of awareness to what God desires throughout your day. That is how we move forward and honor the Lord with our lives.