This morning during my prayer time, I didn't know what to read in my Bible. So I asked the Lord for a verse reference.
Lord, what do I need today?
After a few seconds, Romans 6:13 came to mind. I opened my Bible right to that page.
Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.
For me, the first body part that came to mind was my mouth. It's so tempting for me to speak negatively about people and stuff that happens, or to complain when things don't go right.
That verse was the perfect help for me today. I am working in an office for the first time since last June. It feels so good to be back to a familiar place with people I know - I love my job and the people I work with.
But working in an office has its challenges. In that environment, opportunities to get caught up in the moment are plentiful. And I can be very quick to respond to whatever is going on - sometimes good, sometimes not so much. As the day went on, I indeed had many opportunities.
I received a call from my apartment complex, then launched into a complaint about someone there. I immediately saw the verse in my mind, so I added something positive and moved on.
Someone complained about a situation, and I started to join in...then the verse came to mind and I stopped short.
I heard a conversation about someone who left, and joined in before I could stop myself...then remembered the verse and walked away.
Sometimes I choked back the wrong words, sometimes they reflexively slipped out. All day, I battled over my words. And all day, the verse kept coming to my mind as a reminder.
How amazing is it that God gave me exactly what I needed to make me aware of, and help me change, a very bad habit?
Lord, thank you for giving me the correction I needed. Thank you for answering my prayer so faithfully.
May I never stop being amazed at the gracious care of my loving Daddy!