Tuesday, September 23, 2014
what I learned today
Jesus taught that we can learn much from the lilies of the field. How do they grow? By struggling and seeking to display their beauty? No, they simply open themselves to the existing sun, and in their sun-centeredness, they grow and become objects of beauty for all to enjoy.
It was St. Augustine who realized this truth centuries ago: “Thou hast made us for Thyself, O God, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.”
This was what I read in my devotions today.
'they simply open themselves to the existing sun...in their sun-centeredness, they grow and become objects of beauty for all to enjoy.'
We make remaining 'in Him' so difficult. We work and work to 'show ourselves approved', when all He wants is for us to REMAIN IN HIM.
Even good work, eternity work is not the main reason He created us. He created us to REMAIN IN HIM, to become beautiful through Him and FOR HIM.
That changes everything I had on my agenda today.
It doesn't remove my responsibilities, but it wraps them up in Him. It affects the 'why' am I doing this and for whom?
As you go through your day today - REMAIN in Him. During every trivial, necessary task consider what about it brings Him pleasure. In most cases I would guess that the attitude with which we do even the most menial task is what He's the most pleased with.
Will you consider examining your day using the sample of the lilies?
They do not struggle - they simply open themselves up to Him.