Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Only Thing that Counts

…The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

                                            -Galatians 5:6b

As I read this, I think about how I was snappy and impatient with my kids tonight.   Or how I grumbled at the car driving too slow in front of me.    Or how I had a bad attitude about not being able to spend money.   Or how I judged a man because of how he looked.    And it feels like failure.     "I just can't do it, Lord.  I can't even do the only thing that counts."

But then, I remember, how I'm not the one who is supposed to be able to do it.  That I'm only a broken vessel.   An empty vase, filled with busy-ness, worries, stress, duties, and priorities.    Only when I have Jesus fill me with His love, His living water that brings life, can I then spill into other's lives.    He is my faith.  He is the love that can come out.   Only when I allow him to flow into all of me can I truly express my faith through love.    After all, it's the only thing that counts.


Ainsley Arment said...

Oh, I SO needed to read this. It's just been really hard to do that "one thing" today. Thanks for sharing, Melissa.

Amy Sasser said...

Hope you are all resting and are on the mend. Praying for sweet time together in the midst of the sickness.

Lisa said...

Prayers your way friend. Hugs from Maine.