“A sentence from Psalm 101 has been both challenging and convicting for me: 'I will walk in my house with blameless heart' (Psalm 101-2, NIV). When God speaks to me about being more loving, this verse reminds me to make application in my family first—and then to others. It forces me to ask, 'Am I more spiritual, more loving, or more fun somewhere else? Who gets my best—my family or others?”
by Jean Fleming
A Mother’s Heart: A Look at Values, Vision, and Character for the Christian Mother
Who gets my best--my family or others?
Hmmm. . .tough call. I blow up more at my family. I throw hissy fits and cry in my bathroom. I expect, nag and criticize more freely. I don't hide scowls or growls. My temper rears its ugly head.
But, I give my family more than I give others too. Apologies leave my lips. Only my family robs my sleep. I let my guard down. I perform disgusting tasks for their benefit. They see my silly. I spend way more time with them and sacrifice to a greater extent.
I may be more pleasant somewhere else at times. I may use spiritual language to a greater degree in my conversations with adults. I may have a longer fuse and better attention span outside my house. But if I am REAL no matter where I am, if my personality does not change when I leave my home, I can walk with a blameless heart. I make it my mission to be myself in any situation. (Of course, this means you may get to see my ugly from time to time too. Lucky you!) If I set up no pretensions, either inside or outside my home, if I stay consistently connected to Almighty God, I am giving my best to everyone I encounter.
Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart
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