Saturday, April 4, 2009

Give It Back

I heard footsteps coming down the driveway and then a knock at the door. I curioulsy answered it, not expecting anyone to drop in today. It was a lady named Jean who's elderly parents live next door 'returning' some kids clothing. It seems that their cat has a strange case of Kleptomania. He steals items of clothing from neighbouring houses and presents it to his owners in their loungeroom. Obviously my kids have been leaving things outside because this time she was returning a shirt and 2 pairs of socks! (And no, this is not the first time!)

It is a pity though, that he doesnt have a taste for possums ;)

Jean was giving our clothes back because her parents had aquired them under false pretenses ;). But I need to give some things back too. I need to give credit to Venita for helping me clean up the kids rooms cause I accepted their praises without disclosing all that she had done. I need to give credit to Glenn and to Jenny for helping me get Bryce the best birthday present ever. (Happy Birthday Babe!) I owe my kids more patience than I showed them today. I owe Bryce more kindness. I owe my sponsor child a letter. I owe our Sunday School leaders more thanks. I owe my family more phone calls :). I owe God more time in the mornings. I owe the hungry food, I owe the opressed freedom, I owe the orphans care, I owe the poor shelter (Isaiah 58).

I'm not going to do any of these things because I should, but because I have been blessed, and I'd like to give some back. Because Jesus died for me, my life is rightfully His. But that's not a bad thing, He wants the best for me! So I will sacrifice because He gave his life as a sacrifice. I will put up with insults or discouragement because He was ridiculed and murdered. I will love others because He loved me.

"Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Romans 13:7-9

What do you owe?

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Lauren Delaine said...

Oh, I owe much more than I've been given!

Great food for thought...
Now, I shall seek all I need from Him Who has it. 'Cause I'm about out of paitence with a wee little one.

Been missing you. I have much to catch up on and have thought about you a lot lately.

Hope you Easter was full of joy!