Friday, June 6, 2008

Can't We All Just Get Along!

This morning while reading I came across this scripture and I wanted to share. It tells why people don't get along and I must say "true that". In James 4:1-3 it says, What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but you don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

This started me to thinking about a lot of things. It is true that we quarrel over things that we want, and mostly over things we want from others. We either get mad because they don't agree with us, we want them to take out the garbage when we want it taken out, they're not driving as fast as we want them to drive therefore we can't get where we want to go when we want to get there. The list can go on and on and on. We do malicious things to get what we want but, are still not satisfied. There's a song that says Gods greatest gifts are unanswered prayers, that's true because most things we ask for are not good for us, or we have an unsavory motive behind them.

Thinking of motives, I remember when I didn't have a car, I mostly took care of my errands and what have yous by bus. There were times when I did ask friends or relatives for a ride somewhere. Sometimes they didn't mind, sometimes they did but, most of the time they said they didn't mind, when they did. I can remember feeling so hurt inside, because it would be something that I really needed and when they would pick me up they would sometimes have a mad look on their face and give me the silent treatment throughout the whole ride. People don't do this, if you don't feel like doing something or don't have the time, just tell the person, I promise you they'll understand that better than the cold shoulder.

Okay back to motives, I would pray and pray to the Lord, for transportation for my family but, always at the end I would always say " If you get me a car Lord, I'm gonna pass by all of them, they better not ask me to take them anywhere, and the Lord never answered that prayer. It wasn't until I asked with a reason that was pleasing to him. I said dear Lord, I need transportation for my family, I'm having a hard time out here. I promise you that I will never treat anyone, the way that some have treated me. This won't be my car Lord, it's yours as is everything, and I will use it to your pleasure. I meant this from the bottom of my heart, and I was blessed.

I'm glad that this was brought back to my memory, it's has blessed my soul today, and re-enlightened me on how to pray. Ask always with motives pleasing to God.

One more thing since the subject started out as ~Can't We All Just Get Along~, here's a how to get along scripture. It's Philippians 2:3-4 and it says, Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not to your own interests, but also to the interest of others.

Now my Pastor always says, "Be Mindful Of Others". Can I get a Amen!, a Hallelujah!, and a Thank you Jesus!

Now last week I went a little overboard on my eating, and gained two pounds. Last week I weighed in a 170.0 and this week I weighed in at 166.2. Hooray! Hooray! Now this was not done without punishment, and although you don't know what I've been through, just thank God for giving me the strenght.