“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5).
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. (1 Peter 5:8,9)
I’ve been very busy these last few days dedicated to my grandchildren. My daughter had surgery. Praise God everything went well. My program of doing one be-attitude a day has not worked as planned. Unplanned things often come up. Then the important thing is to recognize what has priority. People should have center stage! Things can wait.
Last night I worked on my article for the home and had is almost ready to publish. Whatever keys or buttons I pushed is a mystery. When I called up the file today everything was gone! No use fretting about it. I just had to start over.
That’s what God does with us. Many times he has to start over. We mess up, but God in his love and patience works with us again. Like God told Jeremiah to go watch the potter work.
At the Potter’s House
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:
“Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.”
So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Then the word of the Lord came to me.
He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.”
We have a new week ahead. Let’s be self-controlled and alert. Whatever comes our way, let’s stand firm in the faith. If things don’t pan out as we hope or plan for, let’s remember the potter. He formed the marred clay into another pot, as it seemed best to him.
We are the clay in out Father’s hands. Every day he is working on us. He is working in us through the Holy Spirit. We are being formed into the image of his Son Jesus.
One day soon we will stand in his presence to worship him forever. Then the things that we thought were so important here on earth will have lost their value.
Only one life, it will soon be past.
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
That’s what really matters!