Reflection for Today:
Paul was a great example for people to follow once God got his attention. His life had been in such turmoil but that had all changed. Paul was now on the road to living as God desired. He tried to pattern his life after the One that he once didn’t want people to follow. God can change people and give them a life of fulfillment, happiness and peace. Paul wrote to his friends in Philippi: Philippians 1:9, “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
Now, I am not going to tell you that Paul always did everything right in his life. Who has? But as a statement of encouragement, Paul wanted to let his audience know that all they needed to do was follow his example and they would discover the God of peace. That doesn’t seem like a request that would be hard to honor does it. Unfortunately, that same statement of encouragement would be good for us to try and emulate today.
If you don’t have the God of peace in your life, maybe you need to change a few things to start a process that will lead to a fulfillment of what God’s plan is for your life. Where do you start? What have you learned about life? Doesn’t life teach you something that helps you grow personally? What kindnesses have you been the benefactor of? Didn’t these kindnesses also teach you something about people? The true character of a person comes from the evidence they provide to you personally. When you use your senses, such as hearing and sight, you also learn how people are treated and expect to be treated. You never know when something that you hear or see will reveal to you a persons true nature. Try showing those around you how much you care for them today. Do something that is unexpected and see how they react. I would like to think that anything that you do to help others will give you what God has planned for you. I am satisfied with Jesus Christ in my life. Are you?
Serving because Jesus lives,
Pastor Dennis Wildman