My question to myself is: Will I make the effort to get the card in the mail? Another question to myself is: Is this thought that jumped into my head a leading of the Holy Spirit in my life to be an encouragement?... or am I just putting more things on my to do list and giving myself the overwhelmed feeling that there is already too much stuff to do?
Have you ever had thoughts that you should do something for someone? Help someone? Visit someone? What do you do with such thoughts? I know as a Christian I should be trying to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading in my life. I fail a lot.
Society might say the phrase – “go with the flow”, but sometimes this phrase has negative connotations, but the prodding’s of the Holy Spirit are never negative.
For a Christian some of the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22 and 23 are goodness, kindness, and faithfulness, and some of the gifts of the spirit in Romans 12 are the gift of service, the gift of giving, and the gift of encouragement, then when a person that loves the Lord has those thoughts of doing good to others, wouldn't it be a leading of the Holy Spirit? My problem is that I want to do good things for others, but sometimes it feels like I am doing it begrudgingly or I start and then phase out and not do what I should.
When I think about the work of the Holy Spirit in my life I think about a pen. If a pen is cheap, or old, or hasn't been used for a long, long time, it doesn't write well. I don’t like to have to find a scrap paper and scribble and scribble in little circles to finally see some ink on the paper. Those kinds of pens, to me, are frustrating. I throw them away.
I was at the bank one day and I was just starting to make out a deposit slip and the pen I found in my purse to use felt like it dragged out my first letter with very little ink showing. I had no scrap paper. I certainly didn't want to make little scribbles up in the corner of the deposit slip. In my haste and because people were waiting in line behind me, I wanted to get just get rid of this pen. So I handed it to the teller, “This pen is not working,” I said, “could you please throw it away?”
As I was reaching into my purse to get another pen, the teller started trying to make the pen work. He talked as he tried. He had a scrap of paper. He did the circles. After a bit of coaxing and much talking about saving the pen, (and I was done filling out my deposit slip with my well-functioning pen), He handed the pen back. “It’s working now he said with a smile. There you go.” I mumbled my thanks and smiled.
While the teller was processing my deposit, I was feeling horrid, like I was wasteful or was put in my place. …and the teller kept talking about that pen and getting it working for me. I dropped the now working pen back into my purse. I knew for certain that pen would not be reliable for me another time, but I sure wasn't going to argue with the teller. I was right about that pen. I used it the next day. It was back to half ink flow and half white line. I threw it away at home away from the comments of the bank teller.
I was thinking about how I enjoy a quality writing pen that doesn't cut out on me. I wonder how much God enjoys my obedience. When the Holy Spirit prods me to go talk to someone, or make a phone call do I? Without a fuss? I can come up with a lot of excuses why I shouldn't do something good. I guess at that time I’m like the pen that half writes.
A message came back on face book about the birthday date. It’s another 4 days away. I WILL get a card out in the mail. I will consider my ways and trust that those thoughts to do something for others are what God wants me to do and follow through.
Would you like to join me to start being more like that good quality pen gracefully flowing across the pages of life? God's nudges are amazing and God takes us places for His glory. I just need to be sensitive and follow.