Several weeks ago, the message at church included an illustration of getting bumped while holding a cup of coffee or tea or some other beverage in your hand. You get bumped, your hand jerks, and the liquid spills out. You get wet, and possibly the person who bumped you – or even an innocent passerby – gets a dousing, too.
What’s the point? The pastor said our spirits are like that liquid. When we get bumped, what spills out of the cup? Is it anger, bitterness, resentment? Or is it love, mercy, and kindness?
We live in a difficult world. The temptation to worry is everywhere. Take it from a worrier and a ‘fraidy cat herself, it’s sometimes easier to worry than to approach life with faith and trust. Or it’s easier to resent the things that have happened to us. A loss of job, a job we hate that doesn’t use our skills, low income, broken down cars or houses or children. Or worse, the loss of a life dear to you. For me, it’s been easier in the past to accept my circumstances and complain about them. But there’s good news, and it’s today’s affirmation.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
We are not victims. We are not bound by the circumstances of the world around us. We are not slaves to anger, resentment, bitterness, or deceit. We have been given power from the ultimate source, power that overcomes everything in our lives. Declare the truth, people! Say it out loud, and say it often.
“I have been given a spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Let it resonate in your mind. Let each word nestle in and make a home in your mind. Let it change the way you view people and the world around you.
How will the Spirit change your life today?