As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:13
I HAD had a hard day at work. Piles of assignments with impossible deadlines had dampened my spirit. And then one of my co-workers, herself stressed out from over-work, vented her frustration on me. I was feeling low, insignificant, and unable to do anything about it. With slumping shoulders, I made my way out the door.
But then a minor miracle occurred, one of those ah moments of Gods grace that the Lord so freely bestows. I stepped out into the cold night air, looked up, and suddenly my eyes were treated to the twinkling of millions of stars. I recalled that the Creator of the universe, who made all the stars in the heavens, also made meand chose to call me his daughter. I didnt have to be discouraged.
I straightened my shoulders, whispered a thank you, and resolved to honor Gods love with my best efforts.
Thank you, Lord, for every reminder of your love. As the psalmist said, The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands (Ps 19:1 NIV1984). Even on my down days you lift me up, so please use me to do that for others.
-Lisa M. Konzen is a seminary student serving an internship in South Dakota.