During the Lenten season, staff and church leaders will share a daily devotional. Please join us on the journey.
For this very reason do your best to add goodness to your faith; to your goodness add knowledge; to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add endurance; to your endurance add godliness; to your godliness add Christian affection; and to your Christian affection add love. These are the qualities you need, and if you have them in abundance, they will make you active and effective in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(2 Peter 1:5-8)
Did your mother ever tell you to stand up straight? How annoying it was. Our posture relays so much about us. Someone walking in looking at the floor and dragging their feet clearly indicates they are having a bad day. Someone with a bounce in their step is full of energy and enthusiasm. Those using a cane and walking all bent over give the image of an older person.
Your posture sends a message before you ever utter a word. It is powerful body language sent out to everyone in your path.
What about the posture of your heart? Your Christian posture? Read the verses below. They were written a long time ago but are so applicable today.
- Don’t give in to worry or anger; it only leads to trouble. (Psalm 37:8)
- People with quick tempers cause a lot of quarreling and trouble. (Proverbs 29:22)
- People with a hot temper do foolish things; wiser people remain calm. (Proverbs 14:17)
- A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)
- A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, but when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken. (Proverbs 15:13)
Going to and from work I observe many driver habits. Many of them are actions done in anger: hand waving, angry faces and words and horn honking. I am always so grateful for the kind person that lets me change lanes when the traffic is heavy. Such a small thing but it leaves me with a good feeling. A honk leaves me with a bad taste.
Your Christian posture to others is contagious and it doesn’t cost a thing. Your smile, compassion and kind words can change someone’s day. I love to read stories about our pioneers. They had such grit! They helped each other build homes, farms and communities. They made meals, shared and nursed each other back to health. They would not have survived without each other. Walking through old grave yards you can see that many died very young. But they made it through by being a team and living with kindness towards each other. Our modern world has lost some of this spirit of kindness and team work.
During Lent I try to not to give something up but rather to make something better. This year my Lenten commitment is to posture: both physical and Christian. The scriptures above will be my guidelines.
Prayer: Ask God to show you the posture of your heart. And what might need to be changed, and what you can strengthen.
Read Linda’s other Lenten Devotional: The Cracked Water Pot