I love stories from the early Christians who lived in the desert. ??Their experiences are so helpful and often extremely entertaining. ??I ran across this one today and found it thought provoking…
Some brothers happened one day to meet at Father Joseph's house. ??While they were sitting there, questioning him, he became cheerful and, filled with happiness he said to them, 'I am a king today, for I reign over the passions.'
'Passions' is another way of speaking about temptations (habits and addictions that plague our spiritual life daily). ??All of us need 'good days', when things just seem to go right; we feel on top of our schedules and responsibilities; things just seem to go our way and we're happy.
My challenge to you today is to seek out more 'good days' spiritually. ??Think of the excitement and the fulfillment that might come from being attentive to your spiritual responsibilities, from speaking and listening to God through prayer and quiet time, from finding a way to bless a neighbor, help a loved one, or volunteer for a church ministry or initiative. ??
I pray that you will experience cheerful moments as you seek to draw closer to God, that you can feel like a king or queen for a day, as you look at the things you can overcome in your life. ??Celebrate your little achievements, as you read your Bible, pray more often, and resist temptations that attempt to take control of your day (and ultimately your life). ??Reign over your passions, as Father John did, through the power of the Holy Spirit. ??Peace be with you this weekend!
Rev. Whit R. Martin??
Pastor,??New Liberty United Methodist Church
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