The bright morning sunlight poured into our bedroom at some point in the 6:00 hour. There was no turning back, I was awake. I didn’t mind being up before my alarm. In fact, I was pretty ecstatic to be out of bed before the three kids who would be sneaking up the stairs (without waking the five still sleeping) to get ready for school.
I don’t always read scripture before getting them off to school, but on this morning I grabbed my favorite little Bible while I was still alone and flipped straight to the section where the ribbon bookmark was residing.
I couldn’t remember exactly where I’d left the bookmark, but I know myself. I always leave it in an important spot I know I’ll need to revisit.
Colossians 3:12-17 was where I found it.
Sigh. It was good. So perfect and so relevant to my life as a mom that it stunned me as if I’d never read it before.
It spoke of the ways I want to be as a mom. As a person too, but on this morning, the mom in me was all I was thinking of.
The funny thing is though I knew I didn’t measure up to the words Paul had written, I didn’t feel any guilt as I read. Just motivation and hope. Care to dive into God’s word a bit together today?
Just like the clothes we grab out of our closets (or the clean clothes pile that may or may not be folded), Christ has designed it so we put these things on like our favorite shirt. Compassionate hearts. Humility. Meekness. Patience.
Well, that will give us a few things to work on for… let’s say, forever? God has chosen us to belong to Christ. As those who belong, it seems as if we need a team t-shirt to tie us all together and to remind us whose we are. Maybe these are it?
Ooh. This next part is tough. Living together, we will find out each others’ failings. They’ll know ours, we’ll know theirs. Boy, do we have things we stink at. For me, it seems like the forgiving might be easier than the daily bearing with one another. The annoyances, the same bad habits, the selfishness. But we are asked to do both well. The not being offended part and the not holding offense part too. The toughest.
Families see it all. We get loads of practice in bearing with each other and forgiveness.
I especially find all of this hard to do when someone wrongs me or another person and KNOWS it’s wrong. It doesn’t compute.
It’s so hard to make it right in my brain. But that’s the way Christ did it. He spoke the truth, forgave, and kept rollin’ in that way that He did during His time on earth. Truly amazing.
Yes, yes. Love. I’m reminded of 1 John 4:19 when I read this part. “We love because He first loved us.” We don’t love our families because it’s always easy, we love because Christ loved us first. Love doesn’t always look the same. Sometimes it means boundaries, sometimes it means waffles for dinner, sometimes it means a date night so the kids receive a fresh mom and dad at the end.
Love. Let us be known for our love.
Eek. Two biggies in one verse. Peace and thankfulness. I’m letting this one soak in a while longer. Jesus already offered His peace and left it with us. He left it with us! So often we say we’re “praying for peace”, but it’s already here. So maybe we should pray we’ll decide to let peace in. We must LET it rule in our hearts.
When the bank account is empty, the discipline doesn’t seem to be making a difference, marriage is difficult, or any other thing that might cause anxiety. Peace is knocking.
Then there’s the thankful part. Paul repeats this over and over in his writings. He’s like, “Guys, take a hint. This is key.” And it is. Even if the world is crashing down around you, Christ is yours. You are His. That alone is cause to be thankful.
Read it, soak it, live it, teach it, sing it. Whether that’s solely in your home with your people or beyond your four walls as well right now. Either way, we are to build each other up in whatever way we’re given by adding to the health of the body of Christ. This is a way to do that.
This verse is a perpetual theme in my life. Something I want so badly, don’t you? I don’t do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus while being thankful at the same time. It sounds like an unattainable feat. But every day I’m seeking to grow in this more and more. It’s the perfect ending for this section of scripture. So basically, yes, let’s do all of these things listed above as Christ gives us strength to do them. (Philippians 4:13) But most importantly let’s do them for the right reason. And that reason is Christ.
For Him. With thanks.
Let’s go out there and be all Colossians 3 on our families and in our world. What a difference for Christ and His kingdom that will make.