6 comments on “A Change of Habit

  1. “If people are not asking our advice in areas of our faith, we need to wonder if we are showing them enough of our life for them to want to imitate it.”

    This is convicting to me, but perhaps not in the way you meant for it to be. I tend to get frustrated because it often seems that I’m a magnet for needy people… if they need counsel from the Word, they come to me. If they need a friend, they come to me. If they need prayer, they come to me. It seems like when someone new enters our fellowship, if they have a problem, somehow they always zero in on me. I know I should feel blessed and honored, but lately I’ve felt neither of those things. I’ve felt frustrated and spread too thin. But reading your thoughts on emulating Christ, I realize that I should quit complaining and be thankful that maybe they’re able to see past Heather, and see Jesus in her. And my complaining certainly isn’t very Jesus-like, is it?

    Thanks for a much needed dose of conviction, Jim.

  2. Heather,

    Your complaining may not be like Jesus, but it is sure like the rest of us who are striving to be like Jesus!

    I think people are attracted to the compassionate spirit they sense in you. Sometimes people will crave a certain food because their body knows they need a particular nutritional element found in that food. Likewise, I think sometimes people are attracted to others because they sense something that offers them spiritual nutrition. However, always be aware of people who are taking from you for selfish reasons. Fior instance, those who are too lazy to feed themselves, or are looking for approval of their selfish ways, or just want to complain to a sympathetic ear without bothering to change. But I think you have something relevant to offer people, and perhaps God is sending them your way because He knows they will be taken care of in a manner He would approve of. Its just a thought.

    Thanks for your consistent and positive comments about my blog. It good to know my experiences, struggles and thoughts about God are having a positive affect in the lives of others.

    Blessings,

    Jim

  3. Having walked in a habit, I know EXACTLY what you mean. I really loved the metaphor of how that girl asked you how to walk and our walk in Christ. Wonderful connection.

  4. It’s my heart’s desire to ““walk a life worthy of the calling I have received” . Sometimes I stumble and sometimes I fall, but thanks to Jesus, I press on.

    “What am I teaching in the way I conduct my life?”…I hope I’m teaching kindness, gentleness, patience…Oh that the world might see a little of Jesus in me, that too is my heart’s cry.

    Thanks for leading us to ask questions about our faith walk.

  5. Had to come back here this afternoon. One of the verses we focused on this morning was Ephesians 5:15-16… “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” We focused a lot on how we are to walk like Jesus. The whole time my mind kept running back to a mental picture of you with that little girl… teaching her how to walk, and the things we talked about here. 🙂

    Thanks for your kind words. I pray that there is an element of truth to them, although some days it’s easier to believe than others. Anyway, thank you for being a Barnabas. 🙂

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