As I was getting myself oriented to the day this morning, getting some nourishment for my soul from Romans 15, here’s what popped out at me:
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
And I am always looking for encouragement and I know that I must endure, so I’m thankful that God is a God of Endurance and Encouragement. As we are enduring, with the help of God, and receiving encouragement from God………and as we are working all this out in the company of children, some of us, I think that this business of harmony and glorifying God in one voice is a key item.
When we are in harmony with the toddlers and teenagers and ultra energetic 7 to 12 year olds in our care, we can keep it in mind that the point of the day, the week, the school-year, and the lives we are building is to glorify God with one voice. Then, our hearts are easily righted, our sins against each other are more readily seen, confessed and repented of, and harmony lost is quickly restored.
Best of all, then we can actually see more clearly what God is instructing us to do, as our obedience opens our eyes. And then comes the ability to receive encouragement from God, and to endure rightly and well in the thick of whatever may be hurled our way.
That’s encouraging to me.