Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Onward to Becoming - Part 3

As promised, here are my spiritual goals derived from I Corinthians 13 written as if they have become a reality. As stated here, I plan to rewrite these goals daily until I live them. Some of these goals I often carry out with ease and some seem unreachable. And on my own I’ll never grasp any of them; but with God, there are no such things as impossibilities.


Love is Patient - I persevere through daily struggles without grumbling, complaining, and hastily snapping out of frustration.


Love is Kind – I speak to my husband and children in a gentle manner, considering their feelings before reacting.


Love does not Envy – I do not try to make my husband or children become like anyone else’s and instead love them where they are at the present. And, I refuse to live in the shadow of the “mom who has it all” and instead live in the light that illuminates my blessings.


Love does not Boast - I acknowledge that every positive accomplishment that comes from my hands is possible only because Christ lives in me.


Love is not Proud – I apologize when I wrong my husband and children and ask their forgiveness.


Love is not Rude – I do not belittle my husband or children with sarcastic comments when their behavior does not meet my expectations.


Love is not Self-Seeking – My love for my family is not conditional upon any returned affections.


Love is not Easily Angered – I keep my cool even when provoked.


Love Keeps no Record of Wrongs – I do not bring up past failures to gain leverage over my husband or children.


Love does not Delight in Evil but Rejoices with the Truth – I do not feel vindicated by retaliating when hurt and instead rely on Christ to heal my wounds.


Love Always Protects – I do not use words or actions that will cause damage to the tiny spirits entrusted to my care.


Love Always Trusts; Always Hopes – The joy of knowing Jesus exudes through my actions.


Love Always Perseveres – I am content in knowing that there is nothing I can do that will make Jesus stop loving me, and because of that, I keep loving Him even more.





18 comments:

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

Good stuff...you were part of my morning devotions today ;)

Amy said...

I have been reading your lists, and I have to say that I need to do this same thing. Your humble, honest heart touches me.

My husband and I listened to a message from Joel Osteen Sunday, and he spoke about writing your goals down. He said they are much more likely to happen if you put them on paper. So, we both decided to do that for our marriage, our life goals, and now that I have read your posts I know that I need to do this for my own spiritual goals as well.

Thanks for sharing this. God bless you and your family.

Amy:)

Michelle Gibilisco said...

Great list!

Gretchen said...

How offended would you be if I printed these out and prayed/wrote them over them like they were my own?

Seriously.

I love this exercise, Angela. So affirming and believing in change.

Alana said...

Those are great goals, ones we should all be working towards!

Genny said...

Angela,
Every single time I pop by, I'm blessed by your writing. Thanks!

Mrs. Sidney said...

I need to write a few of these down and begin to start practicing them.

Great post.. it really touched my heart!!

BP said...

I think that is a powerful thing to write them down each day. This serves as a good reminder. Thanks for the idea and inspiration.

Denise said...

Wonderful post sweetie.

misty said...

i read this chapter to my son today & tomorrow i think i will read some of this to him. good stuff! thanks for sharing it.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful :)

elizabeth embracing life said...

You know what I love about this passage of scripture. There are no exception for what we are called to do. NONE. I know it's not always easy, and some day I strke out on every single one of them, but the reality is that we all need to work very hard at these regardless of where we have come from, what we have experienced in life, or what time of the month it is. We are working on the Kindness, patience, adn not being rude around here with the three little boys. They embrace the words from the Bible and teaching them early to be mindful as God directs is huge. You are doing so by showing your family by example. Beatiful words.

Living Balanced said...

These are great. I especially like I will not complain. Boy, that can be a tough one. I have been working through that as well. Lovely post.

Cindy said...

I'm so glad you didn't give up.
Keep allowing God to help you work toward your goals just like the rest of us.

AtlantaMama said...

wow... I need to re read this everyday! thanks.

Shannon said...

Another inspiring post. Keep it up!

Tracy said...

what a great idea - always good to set goals - thanks for sharing -

momstheword said...

Writing something down gives it visual "weight," and you are able to read it, pray over it, and ask God for it. After all, why wouldn't He honor your desire to be more like Him, right? Like Phil. 1:6 says, we can be confident that He is working in us.

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