Ok, it is now time to fess up and tell the truth. Which list is your name on this year the naughty or the nice? I find it funny how a list can invoke such power over a child. Just the mention of the list can destroy a full-blown temper tantrum! My, what magic.
Somehow, “the list” appears to have a very different affect on us adults. We utilize it as a tool, during Christmas time, to control our children’s behavior. And sometimes that is not a bad thing! However, for an adult to be on the “naughty list” brings about accolades from their peers.
My four-year-old granddaughter is certain her one-year-old sister is on the “naughty list” because she hits, kicks, and falls all over the toys. Big sister does not see the fact that little sister is learning to walk and trying to put those baby muscles into action, as involuntary movement. She sees the flailing around and objects flying, and knows this is not a way to behave!
I guess we all do some flailing around at different times in our life. Just like a toddler, we are learning to adapt to our environment and the process can be quite difficult. We are not born knowing how to live in this world because we have been created for another world. God’s world.
Therefore, here we are making chaos out of our lives by trying to live the way the world says we should live. Yet, God is still there, picking us up, wiping our snotty noses, kissing our boo boos, and then turning us back around to the right direction. While whispering in our ear, “I love you”.
Now, I do not mean He will give you great wealth, make every day trouble free, or pluck you from the middle of a disaster. He will help you in His way, which might have your scratching your head. And you may never understand His way for your life until you are physically in front of Him in heaven. Nevertheless, God does not keep count of our sins or even a “naughty list”! What??
“Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.”
This does not mean you can knowingly commit sin or be naughty, and get away with it. We acknowledge our sin, ask to be forgiven, and move forward trying to be a better person. We should want to try to become the soul God made us to be!
So, I thought before the New Year began and while our thoughts are focusing on the “naughty or nice”, that I would offer some suggestions for a nicer you next year. These are for me too! I like to write them down and stick the post it on my mirror, so I can read it each morning!
God’s first basic set of rules is the Ten Commandments.
You shall have no other Gods before me.
You shall not worship idols.
You shall not misuse the name of God.
Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy.
Honor your father and mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not lie.
You shall not covet.
Pray, talk to God about everything and ask Him for wisdom and discernment in all things. This way He is in control of the situation, guiding you along. Once you start asking, you will not stop!
Forgive yourself and forgive others. Our past mistakes are not do-over situations. They are done, so quit beating yourself down mentally because of them. Forgiving others can be tough, especially if you have gone through a horrific ordeal at the hands of someone else. Do it! The benefit is for you not them.
Because the bible reminds us that if we expect God to give us mercy and grace, we must first be able to give mercy and grace. I want mercy and grace! Let God take care of it. His judgment is much worse than any human judgment. Have you read about the plagues He laid on Egypt?
Find a church or organization of Believers. Make sure they follow the complete Holy Bible, the complete writings of God’s words. Begin to read and study the bible with them. There is nothing stronger than Christian fellowship to shore up your own life. Disasters will appear less disastrous and love will ooze from you!
Know that you are loved!