The journey is getting started a little later today. There was a good snow storm last night so I decided I wasn’t going to drive the 1.5 hour drive to the school I’m working with until I can do it in the light. It is a .5 day anyway so I’ll see the late morning and afternoon rather than the early morning.
I was really challenged as I did my bible reading this morning. I’ve started Matthew. Matthew 5 tells the Beatitudes which Jesus preached to the followers. Celebrate Recovery’s 8 principles are built around these 8 verses. Once Jesus finishes delivering the 8 of them he continues by telling the listeners in vs. 13 “You are the salt of the earth….” He goes on to say in vs. 14 “You are the light of the world….” Then in vs. 16 He says, Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence….”
Last week’s Celebrate Recovery lesson was “Moral”. Essentially the lesson focuses us on doing the right thing. Whatever God is nudging us to do we are to be obedient in so doing. Sometimes it takes surrendering pride or addressing anxiety, but no matter, if the nudge is from God, our response is to be obedient. Sometimes there is a response to these actions that may hurt initially. I’ve recently had this experience. However, in my heart I want more than anything to be a God-pleaser. If that also pleases man, all the better. But, if it offends man at the time, I need to stand with the obedience to God’s nudge. He is the only One I want to serve. I can never know the outcome of obedience is I choose disobedience.