I was talking with my oldest daughter Gracie on the way to school one day this past week and was amazed at how much she is just like me. Her observations, horse sense, opinions and judgments. There are some things that I see her do, or hear her say that rub me the wrong way, until I realize that those things are some of the same things that I continually find myself battling with.
I like to think that I am a good man, but the truth is that I am a sinner saved by grace. My goodness is not from myself, but from my Creator, Savior and Friend. Sometimes I find myself getting less tolerant of my family and friends, in what I perceive to be their challenges or weaknesses, but then the Spirit helps me to look within myself and I know that I have more than enough work to do on myself, so I am learning to let the other go.
I was created to love and be loved. Judgment is above my pay grade and I am not really any good at it any way, so I will leave that to the Creator, Who sees all, knows all and is in control of all.
Father, Thank You for reminding me that I am just a man, but I am not just any man, I am Your man. Help me to grow into these big shoes that you have given me to fill and help me to walk on the path that you have marked out for me. Along the way, as I encounter others, help me to love them as you have loved me – without condition. Help me to help and bless others with no expectations. Help me to remember that my service to others, is really my service to You. Help me to love at all times, be patient in all situations and yielded to you in not just some things, but in everything.
I pray that one day, when You are looking at me as Your son, that You will see some of what makes You so great in me!