April 25, 2016

Read 2 Timothy 2:15, Ephesians 2:8, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

I have a long list of petty complaints. You know, the little things that other people do that drive you crazy. The things that make you wonder if she thinks she’s the only person in the world. Those who are consistently late to small group or leave the worship service early, to be sure to miss the Sunday rush at the local restaurants. Those who think rules or laws are for everyone but themselves. Those who stop in the middle of the exit to find their keys, answer their phone or talk to someone – can’t they see they are holding up others! The owners of the cellphones that ring in the middle of the prayers.

I am not even mid-way of my list, but realize that I am guilty of so many of the things I complain about. I can pat myself on the back for turning off my cellphone and not leaving the worship service early, but I often drive above the speed limit, because I am usually running late. Petty behaviors often reflect who we are without our being aware. For example, as parents, when we are disrespectful to others or ignore speed laws, we send the message to our children and others that this is acceptable behavior for a Child of God.

As I read though my long list of petty complaints, I recognize that I do not always live up to the instructions Paul gave to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:15; but, thankfully, Ephesians 2:8 brings assurance of my salvation by grace through faith. However, without the love for others as described in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, nothing but my pettiness, will I have to show to others.

One great way to weave worship into our daily lives is to fill it with music that helps focus our hearts on our great God.  Here is a Spotify playlist that has all the songs our worship team has led us through in the last month’s Sunday evening services to get you started.http://bit.ly/GBCPMThisMonth It’s updated weekly, so “follow” it to keep fresh worship music in your life.