For years, I've read the same books to start my day. One of them, by Oswald Chambers, had a pretty cool message for me this week. I'm paraphrasing. He says envy, jealousy, and strife are attitudes/emotions that can sneak up inside us and cause trouble. He says allowing them to hang out in our hearts can cause shame.
Of the three--envy, jealousy, and strife--one catches me over and over. STRIFE.
Another day this week, he writes about "... this simplicity that is in Christ." 2 Corinthians 11:3. Chambers shares that even the smallest thought not under the control of the Holy Spirit can cause spiritual confusion.
A life of simplicity sounds pretty good to me.
If I begin to guard my heart against envy, jealousy, and especially strife would life become simpler?
I'm thinking so.
Day One. September 17, 2008. Guarding my heart and mind against strife.