By Patrick Hawthorne
What was I thinking? January 2015 came and went with no hiccups or major life discrepancies…on my behalf anyways. When January 31st rolled around, I felt the prompting by the Holy Spirit to dedicate more of myself to the Lord for the month of February. It is a fast of the flesh, so to speak, in which I am to address the major 3’s…the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16).
During the first couple of days of week number one all went fairly smooth. I had a few issues of life creep in, yet I kept my attitude in check. I thanked the Lord for gracing me with the ability to overcome the temptation to “Open mouth and insert foot.” So far, so good!
Days 5 and 6 of my flesh fast hit me like the Hammer of Thor upside my head. If it could go wrong it did. On two fronts I was accused of negligence for issues totally out of my control. For the first, I was able to take it in stride with no backlash on my part. However, by the time wave two of the assault rolled in, my boiling point had reached an elevation of Biblical proportions; a point that would have caused a pressure cooker to holler, “Uncle.” I was not a happy camper and I was not holding back on letting everyone in ear shot know. Although I kept my temper tantrum “G” Rated, it was a temper tantrum none-the-less.
Day 7 rolled around. The repair guy did not show, causing me to have to scamper up on my roof and fix a leaky vent before it rained. Oh, and one of my five pigs bit me.
Day 8 (Sunday), I went to church and then kept to myself as much as possible. I don’t think I made anyone mad which is a good thing.
Day 9 (today) is not going too bad, unless you count me coming unglued on the car dealership lady for giving me the run around.
Why am I writing this? It is because I want to live holy before my God and my Lord. If that means spilling my guts and letting you know I’m not perfect, then so be it.
Don’t get me wrong, the Lord is not causing these things to happen to me. The Word is clear that He cannot be tempted by evil nor will He do evil. However, He is using these little life issues to show me that I’m not as spiritually organized as I need to be, especially in the “Pride of Life,” category. I believe that God is dealing with all of His children in some area where they are weak in order to prepare them for the great things He has planned for us. So, I choose right now to turn all these issues over to the Lord and say, “Teach me Lord. I am willing to learn.”
Oh, by the way, the Lord is also dealing with me about my over exaggerations of things… Rats! I guess my pressure cooker analogy was a bit over the top. Be blessed.