Guide to Goodness

Finding Life’s Meaning. The Fruit of the Spirit: Joy

Art by Melanie Boutiette Just Beloved

As we mature in our spiritual journey, we realize that it is the little things that mean the most.  When we live in a manner worthy of our call, we trust completely in the Lord’s goodness, thanking him and blessing Him, with nothing wasted.  Our call is to love and live in the spirit of love.  Our purpose is to share the love of Christ that we have received with others.  When we stand on this firm foundation, we find life’s meaning in living with a purpose. 

Today, we explore the second fruit of the Spirit, joy.  Life is going to give us trials and tribulations, but we can have joy when our life is eternally ordered.  When our eyes are fixed on pure love, we can’t help but have a grateful heart, full of joy.  God protects those who hope in Him, and His holiness provides our firm foundation, bestowing abundant mercy upon us.  With Him as our ruler and our guide, the smallest moment is not wasted.  The littlest acts of love include such things as deferring to another, or offering words of encouragement, a smile, or some hope.  Nothing is wasted. Through this purpose and meaning, our moral life as Christians is sustained, we grow in holiness or wholeness and bear good fruit.

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Living the Path of Loving Well. Fruits of the Spirit: Love

Have you done a gut check recently on your values to make sure your time and priorities are aligned to what matters?  In the season of life I am living, I’m constantly being drawn to simplicity and love.  I believe that when everything is said and done, it’s not going to matter what possessions or experiences I had during my lifetime.  Everything will boil down to how well did I love, and love will be the measure as to how quickly my soul will pass from earth to heaven.  A review of our morals and virtues can help us to live the path of loving well.

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Looking for Deep Meaning to Life? Understanding the Gift of Wisdom

I am not sure if I could have made it through this past year without having the gift we will explore today.  One of my personal strengths is the ability to bring context to a situation, connect the dots, and see the gray.  I am realizing this ability has nothing to do with me but is the Holy Spirit’s gift of wisdom at work.  This gift shows me the beauty of God’s grace in my life and allows me to be Smitten with Goodness!  The lens of wisdom shows me the wonder of nature, how God uses everything for good, even the ups and downs and different seasons of my life.  Because I can see glimmers of God in everyone, in everything and everywhere, I am developing a much deeper respect for human dignity.  This draws me into a deeper meaning of life. 

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Our Participation in the Eternal Exchange of Love

Andrei Rublev’s Icon of the Holy Trinity

We can be easily led astray these days unless we are grounded in truth.  With so many voices shouting for our attention, we can start ignoring the quiet whisper of the Divine within.  We know silence and prayer are crucial to foster this connection allowing us to stay in tune with our mission, use our gifts well and bear goodness. The Spirit is always here to guide us. It our our job to leverage the seven gifts we have been given so we can participate in the external exchange of love.

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Guide to Goodness, Shining a Light on Goodness

Lessons from a Dead Tree

This week has been a life-giving week of self-awareness and understanding the destructive nature of my self-reliance.  Who knew that a dead tree would help me let go of a little piece of the lie I tell myself that “It’s all up to me?” 

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Acts of Goodness

Did You Help Tend to My Souls?

It is no secret that many people are struggling with the label Christian.  In fact, the millennial generation is witnessing the rise of a group sociologists now call the “Nones”—people who proudly boast no religious affiliation.  Young people are leaving Christianity and joining this group in droves. In the past decade alone, this group has grown 40%.  All the while, the quest for spirituality and the practice of mindfulness to find inner peace is off the charts. 

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How Well Did You Love Me?

Have you given much thought how you will answer God when you come face to face with Him as your soul passes from earth to heaven?  Do you know what you will say when asked to account for your actions to help build the His kingdom on earth.  Do you have a good answer for “How well did you love me?”

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