1/7/09

Colorful Goals

I woke up New Year’s morning thinking about crayons. I have no idea why. Maybe God was giving me a simple way to envision my goals for everyday living, or the qualities I want in my life. As I lay in bed, thinking “Huh? Crayons?” these thoughts came to my mind.

Red is for LOVE. I think of a red heart. The Lord is the love of my life. In everything I do, I want to do it with all my heart — with passion for Him! (Luke 10:27a; I Corinthians 10:31)

Yellow is for sunshiny JOY. As I think about the Lord and give Him thanks, joy floods my heart — “Heavenly Sunshine” even in circumstances I cannot understand. (Psalm 5:11; I Thessalonians 5:16).

Green is for PEACE. Peace comes trusting and following my Shepherd into green pastures where I learn to relax in the circumstances of life, knowing He is nearby. And if I wander away, He is relentless in searching for me. (Psalm 23:1-4)

Orange is for OBEDIENCE. To obey God, I must know His Will. I often have to choose between “oranges” and apples in life, and I want to do the Father’s will. I need true discernment for the tougher choices. The Lord wants to direct my choices as I acknowledge Him and study His Word. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Blue is for FAITHFULNESS. God is “true blue” in caring for His children. I do not need to fear anything or anyone but Him. Seeing how He cares for me, how can I help but respond by being loyal and faithful to Him? (Psalm 36:5; 89:8; 119:89-90)

Purple is for INTEGRITY. As a Child of the King (and I think of a King’s purple robe here), I have dignity in my position in Christ—I am His ambassador. I must live a pure testimony in an impure world, above reproach. (2 Corinthians 5:20; Philippians 2:15)

Brown is for SERVICE. Just as Jesus washed the brown dirt from the feet of his disciples, I am called to wash others’ feet—to serve them unselfishly. (John 13:14-15; I Corinthians 10:24; Galatians 6:2)

Black is for REPENTANCE. I make sinful choices—willfully and presumptuously, or simply because I am an imperfect human. The dark spots of my sin were washed away at the cross, but I must confess (acknowledge, repent of) my daily sins if I want unbroken fellowship with God. (I John 1:9)

Because I am a “Grammy,” I have a small box of crayons at my desk at all times, and I plan to teach this simple “colorful” lesson to my granddaughters. One of the crayons in the box is broken, and I am reminded that sometimes my character and holy living get “broken,” too, but God will always forgive and redeem my life. He can still use the pieces to color a beautiful picture for His glory. He can use you, too, if you will give your broken pieces to Him!

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