What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but you don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
The song, “My Way,” by Frank Sinatra could be most of our theme songs in life. We push, we fight, we struggle to do things and have things “our way." But, in God’s economy, it is the opposite --the last shall be first and the first shall be last. (Luke 13:30) But, this mindset is so foreign to human minds. We must begin to renew our mind with God’s way and that can only be done through submitting our wills to God.
Each day, pray that you will choose God’s will over your own will. If you are struggling to “win” the argument with your husband, ask God to give you the courage and strength to submit. If you are battling over grades with your child, ask God to give you a measure of grace and love toward your child in this area, to take a step back and try a different approach. Regarding “your” time, are you in a selfish mode right now? Thinking only about what you need not others? Ask God to give you His spirit of selflessness.
As you go about your day today, ask yourself the question, “Am I pushing for my way at this moment?” Ask God to give you discernment in these matters.
Father, I need Your help in this area of my life. Father, I do want my way. I want to be right, to be heard, to be valued. I want it all. But, all I seem to be is frustrated. I want to change, but I do not know how. Teach me. Open up my eyes when I am being selfish, stubborn, or unkind. Show me how to love the way you love. Teach me how to have the right motives in life.
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