DEAR FRIEND PAUL
I believe I have found a breakthrough with my dear friend Paul! I love the open emotion in these verses and heartfelt words I can carry with me through out my day.
Romans 7:22-25 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death. I thank God – through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Paul had real struggles, huge trials throughout his life- imprisonment, physical ailments, difficult travels, persecution. All of these trials he seemed to gallantly rose above circumstance with ease and confidence. Sometimes I am left feeling a bit inadequate after visiting parts of Paul’s story. However, this passage rings a familiar tune in my ear. Take a quick look with me, see if you can relate as well.
I delight in the law of God according to the inward man There I sit in my beautiful quiet time. I am obedient in my thoughts and believe promises of God with all of my heart. I feel the peace…and quiet.
But I see another law in my members…bringing me to captivity to the law of sin After a short list of things go wrong during our morning routine, there I am captive to sin. I take members to mean various parts of my body or members of my family causing chaos and war.
O wretched man that I am Moments after my children are off to school, I am so disappointed in my reaction to the events of the morning . Have a glorious day girls, blah!
I thank God – through Jesus Christ our Lord. This is my missing piece, Paul has given me a key here. Stop beating yourself up and thank God- through Jesus Christ our Lord. As I divey out breakfasts, lunches, permission slips and corrected homework I will focus on gratitude instead of berating myself. Thinking negative thoughts is not an end. These thoughts are only a sign popping up in my view directing me back to gratitude. There are so many things to be thankful for even in the worst of my mornings. We have more things to be thankful for than I can list here! Following Paul’s shift of focus perhaps I can make it at a few steps further into my day with a peace filled thankful heart. Thank you for words I can relate to, words to direct each next step.