Whenever we find that our religious life is making us feel that we are good – above all, that we are better than someone else – I think we may be sure that we are being acted on, not by God, but by the devil.~C.S. Lewis
This is a quote from Mere Christianity. I hope to finish the book by Friday and move on to my next book.
Here are some thoughts from my reading of Mere Christianity and meditation on scriptures.
There is really nothing a Christian can boast about. Everything we have is given to us by God! Even the will to work hard and the ability to work hard is only possible by the grace of God.
Each time we see that we are better than we used to be, we should be thankful to God for his mercies.
When we see other people at the place we used to be, we should be hopeful that they too will move on. We should be patient and supportive especially when we see them trying to move forward.
When we see those who we think are so bad, you can’t imagine how anyone can be so bad, give thanks to God for your parents or the people around you that helped you to be who you are and for God’s mercies.
I am who I am by the grace of God. That is what the Apostle Paul said and it is true of us too. (1 Corinthians 15:10)
So are you proud?
One thing I am reminded of by this challenge is that you can get more done when you don’t do it alone. I am encouraged to meet my goal of 10k steps everyday because I know that at the end of the day I have to report to you all. Thanks everyone, we are doing this together.
So here are the lessons again.
- Have a clear goal that you are trying to achieve.
- Make sure progress is easy to measure.
- Break your goal into smaller easier to achieve goals.
- Share your goals with people around you, so they keep you accountable.
- Ask God for help and do your best.
Yes!!! One week is done!
I’m glad that I have been able to take 10k steps every day for one week!
Each step is a testimony of God’s mercy and grace.
It takes some discipline to go out there every day! But I’m happy to go each day because it’s such a good time to pray and reflect.
Today it was harder than usual to complete my 10k steps since we generally have a slower day on Saturday. Nevertheless, I kicked some soccer ball with the boys and went for a longer prayer walk.
Lesson of the day
I continue to read Mere Christianity and today I was encouraged to think about this scripture:
And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. Luke 6:31
First I tried to imagine a world that everyone follows this creed. What a wonderful place it will be.
Then I tried to imagine everyone in our church community Overcomers Assembly following this creed. It would be so much joy. It would be difficult to go home after meetings. All sorts of new meetings would be created.
I also thought of a home where this is their creed. Oh what peace. Imagine a husband putting himself in his wives shoes and treating her how he would want to be treated. Imagine the wife do the same for the husband.
Then I asked myself the question. Are you treating everyone in your life the way you want to be treated? If everyone around you should treat you exactly as you are treating them would you be happy? What if they treat you 10 times more of whatever treatment you are giving to them?
Everyone needs to answer these questions for themselves. I don’t think there will be any benefit in telling you my answers to these questions.
Happy Father’s Day to the fathers out there. (tomorrow)