I Corinthians 13 is a Scripture passage that many of us may know from attending weddings. This chapter is often referred to as the "love chapter" in the Bible. It truly is a beautiful piece to read, full of truth, encouragement, conviction, and challenge. I have read this part of the Bible over and over and over. I have read it through the romantic perspective...how do I shape up as a wife when it comes to all of these attributes? I have read it through the eyes of family...how am I using the passage to determine how I am being love to my children, parents and siblings? This evening, I am processing this passage by thinking of my past and future.
I have been blessed to have had many great role models in my life. My Grandmama taught me how to clean, cook and garden. My Mama taught me how to be organized, how to persevere, how to exhibit grace. My Daddy showed me the power of being hospitable and compassionate. My Dad has shown me how to be joyful in all circumstances. I have been under the leadership of incredible pastors and teachers who have poured God's Word into my heart and mind. I was brought up with three incredible siblings, each blessed with skill sets that motivate and astound me.
There are a few "extra" people who have made deep impacts on my life. They were not my physical flesh and blood, but they were those who were in my life from day one. They are still very much a part of my life. While one has passed away, the other three are still here; and I know no matter what, I could call them with any burden and they would pray for me and with me. They are my spiritual role models. When I read the above passage today, "these three remain: faith, hope and love", the names of these powerhouse individuals were brought quickly to my mind.
|Aunt Martha, Mama, Daddy, Papa, Me|
|Tyler, Uncle Chip, Me, Aunt Denise, Timothy|
|My siblings and Aunt Rose|
Anytime I reflect on my past, I make sure to spend some time thinking ahead to my future. It is my goal to be a person who others rely on spiritually. I want to purpose my life to be as much like Jesus as I can. Anyone who knows me knows how far off that mark I am. I want to train up my children to be those who lead. I want to be a wife who brings only good to my husband. I want them to feel that fire inside that the Holy Spirit gives to help lead others to His saving grace. I want to be the person who gets a prayer request email or phone call and immediately drops to my knees to lift up that need. I want to be the person who faces Jesus at the end of it all where He says "well done". It's not enough to want to be like Jesus or to be a spiritual role model. Like any other goal setting, there needs to be an action plan. With daily time in God's Word and sharing with Him through prayer, I am taking steps to improve my walk. I have asked God to stop me the minute when someone asks me to pray--and that whatever else is going on in that moment goes to the back burner so my mind and heart switch to prayer mode. I am working on developing a more constant state of prayer by talking with the Lord throughout the day. I am trying to commit more of His Word to my memory. I am keeping a prayer journal. I am building a prayer wall.
How about you? What impact do you want to have on others? What kind of role model do you want to be? We all have people looking to us everyday. Like it or not, we are modeling something for everyone. What do you want that to be? What action steps can you make and take to reach your spiritual goals? Who are some people in your life who inspire you and encourage you to get your spiritual walk in shape? Do they know what they mean to you? If not, let them know! If they do, tell them again. I am a very blessed girl. God has been so good to me. He has made sure that I have been surrounded by strong mentors of faith through every season of my life. I treasure each relationship and every memory. What memory will I leave in the minds of the people I love? What memory will you leave? Where do you measure up when reading I Corinthians 13? That passage is great guideline for a spiritual check-up...join me in working on becoming a person who exemplifies faith, hope and love!