Gearing Up—Thank You, Grace

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
I’m putting my miner’s hat on and headed on in to mine for gems. I’ll savor any nuggets of TRUTH I find today! I’m clicking on the light in my helmet of salvation, gonna buckle up with truth around my waist, putting on my body armor of righteousness, and have my boots of readiness on, also carrying my shield in case there is falling rocks or flaming arrows in the workplace, and toting the sword of the spirit so I’m protected. Dare not work naked today! (Ephesians 6:10-20) Grab your garb today, too!

This, my dear friends, was a text to me from Grace. After reading that don’t you feel like donning your armor, grabbing your spelunking gear and rushing out the door? Do you feel equipped to face everything and ANYTHING the world hurls at you? Are you ready to harvest mountains of diamonds, rubies and gold nuggets of wisdom? I did and DO each time I read that text.

I would say that’s who I want to be like when I grow up, but we aren’t far apart in age. Like Grace, I want my everyday words to encourage, challenge and uplift each person to whom I hit, “send.” Each text I desire to be as if Jesus’ crazy awesome love was spilling through their inbox like an electronic current. Sparks of energy and light I want to send to the receiver to illuminate whatever darkness in which they find themselves.

More than being an encouragement, I don’t want to pass along the fears of this world. I refuse to infect others with useless anxiety by reflecting any negative words or texts, even if from “reliable sources.”

Philippians 4:8, NIV: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

This is who I want to be. I’m not there yet, but each moment I have the opportunity take a step closer to my “ideal me.” I have to either consider quickly or dwell on what this world serves up in and on the radio, internet, or TV. I then have seconds before that information affects and/or changes my mind, mood, or outlook—seconds! I have to choose what and to whom I listen to carefully because Proverbs 23:7a says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:” What I allow in is what comes out—and that’s not always pretty. I’d best get quicker on the “considering” and even faster to “think about such things:” anything that is excellent or praiseworthy.

What’s on your mind(and maybe lingering) that you should be letting go to get closer to your ideal YOU?

Until next time: Blessings!

Author: Tracy Cook

Widowed one week before our 27th wedding anniversary, Heavenly Dad continues to carry me, now blessing me with a second chance for love.

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