today’s daily water is written by Matt Cosby
Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. Here’s what you need to be concerned about: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is. I’m convinced—Jesus convinced me!—that everything as it is in itself is holy. We, of course, by the way we treat it or talk about it, can contaminate it. (Romans 14:13-14, MSG)
Be part of the solution not part of the problem. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that or some iteration of that phrase. But honestly sometimes it doesn’t really sink in and more often than not I find myself being part of the problem.
I read this verse and specifically the Message translation, because I love how it is worded. It really convicted me of the mindset that I have struggled with in the past. I got caught up in thinking about what others “need to” or “should” be doing…completely disregarding my own mess. I let that mentality start to dictate my attitude and sometimes I end up getting in the way of someone else. I say things that I don’t mean out of bitterness or resentment, and I end up making life more difficult than it already is for everyone involved.
Now I’m not saying we shouldn’t hold other believers accountable because we are called to do that, BUT as both Scott and Robin have mentioned in previous Daily Waters, using our words to encourage someone can go a lot farther than letting our sour attitudes get in the way of connecting with them as just another person.
We are all a part of the family of God and here at the church we have an especially great group of people, and I feel honored to serve next to each and every one. So when we (speaking to myself here too) get caught up in the mindset thinking about what others “need” to be doing, I want to challenge us to take a step back and ask ourselves “are we being part of the problem, or are we going to be part of the solution?”
Let us all be mindful of what we say and how we treat others.