Are You Ready for the Day?
When we get dressed in the morning we are generally in a rush. We remember to put on our clothes and simply wouldn’t leave the house without our shoes. Yet so often we neglect to clothe ourselves with the things that matter most.
Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
This a great verse to post near your closet or the bathroom mirror. Why? Because it reminds us to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. These are qualities that we should always strive for, whether it’s in the workplace, school, or even in the grocery store line.
I don’t know about you, but I am always in a rush in the morning, hurrying to get out the door and get on with my day. However, taking those few moments each day to prepare myself mentally and emotionally for the day (rather than just physically) makes all the difference.
It’s so important to consciously remind ourselves each morning (and throughout the day) to be filled with love, but what do these qualities look like day to day?
Compassion is as simple as letting someone go in front of you in line. That woman struggling with a crying baby … let her go first.
Kindness can be simple as well. Something like holding a door open for a stranger or showing a coworker you appreciate their effort.
Humility is perhaps the most difficult for many of us, but we can easily show humility by choosing to hold our tongue if we have nothing kind to add to the situation.
To show gentleness daily, keep your anger in check.
Finally, patience is probably the most obvious of all. You can be patient by not yelling at someone who cuts you off in traffic or simply by listening to your spouse or roommates rather than trying to get your own point across.
These qualities could manifest throughout our day in any number of ways, from a kind gesture to a stranger to a profound moment with family and friends. Either way, to remember and keep ourselves ever mindful of how we are dressing our minds and hearts, it’s important to develop the habit of starting first thing in the morning with a post-it note of this verse to remind us, and challenging ourselves each day to be open to God’s love in our lives, so that we can better pour into those around us.
Love isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it. When we allow God to fill our lives with his love, we become a well that is never empty, always able to give to those around us without needing anything in return. It may not always be easy, but it is always worth it to know that you are contributing to this world in a positive way, rather than adding to the negative.
Be beautiful inside and out—dress yourself in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience—to continue Living Scripture Strong!