Which way?I’ve been reading the book of James during my morning devotion lately. Wednesday, I read this in the fourth chapter:
“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight.”
Ouch. Could it really be that when I quarrel with someone, it’s basically because I didn’t get MY way? I pondered this. I applied it to several examples that I’m too proud to share with you. And the answer I came up with is . . . that’s it exactly.
Oh. I do enjoy getting my way. And I really, truly, deeply believe in my way. That’s why I’m going that direction. Because I’m THAT sure it’s the very best, rightest, most Godly way to go.
But I realized that I’m supposed to be going God’s way, not mine. His way would be the one that’s perfect. And his way involves an extra helping of humility. A heaping serving of loving my neighbor. A 100% commitment to loving him no matter what.
I don’t want to quarrel or fight. Maybe if I keep my focus on the path God has set before me I can give up MY way and walk in his. That’s my prayer. And I wouldn’t mind a bit if you prayed it for me, too.