[CF Devotionals] 2016-10-03 - Common Courtesy

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This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24 NKJV)

I forgot to fix a rip in a doll's dress. My daughter's reaction to her mothers' forgetfulness, shock that her need wasn't a priority. I felt bad I disappointed my daughter, but then, my rational thinking took over. I was to stop everything, to mend a toy rarely played with? It did not matter that I made her lunch and helped gather items for school that morning. I sighed, and begrudgingly began to darn the doll dress. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT) Neither mother nor daughter were adhering to this verse. I wasn't being grateful I had a daughter who came to me when she needed help, and my daughter wasn't thankful for a devoted mother.

The doll dress fixed, I got a forced thank you. That important doll was played with momentarily, and then put back in her permanent home, the bottom of the toy chest. Seemed we still need to learn the importance of thankfulness. Being thankful isn’t a natural action for humans, or at least this human. I was feeling slighted and unappreciative.

There are many times we are asked to put our needs on the back burner in favor of someone else’s. It is not always easy to be unselfish. When we start to feel weary of the prospect, we should keep our emotions in check, and not be dictated by our feelings. The Bible reiterates this thought. The Apostle Paul encourages us to value others above ourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

When I feel my emotions starting to take over the truth, I know about the Lord and the way He wants me to live, I put my focus back on the Lord. I pray, and ask Him to guard my emotions from getting frustrated and upset, when disappointments come.

Lord, Help me not take people for granted. May I continue to look to You for the answers and right reactions. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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