Living Rooted in Identity: A Good Day to Die

Today’s Reading: Colossians 4

IMG_20130612_131418Remember, Self, just because aggravations unexpectedly shot toward you after you woke up feeling decently inclined toward a good mood doesn’t mean that you have to fall headlong into a quarrelsome row with those whose existence rubbed up against yours before you were quite ready for company. They probably aren’t any happier about being up for the day than you are. They probably could use another hour of sleep and a few more restful moments of quiet before the hustle of the day, too.

Self, you are made of more gracious stuff than all that petty touchiness that breeds dissension and wreaks havoc on more than just your day. This day isn’t about you anyway. It’s about the One Whose mercies are new every morning, and you’d do yourself and everyone in your life a kindness if you’d brush that chip off your shoulder this morning and just flat out choose joy. When folks bump up against you with all their insistence on existing, be a soft landing instead of a blunt collision. Be that person they’re glad they bumped into.

Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person. Colossians 4:6, HCSB


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