AoG, part 2

The two of them came over to dinner, and we sat in the living room for small talk. She was making a career decision to move away for a few years, wanting to fulfil her dreams. Her friend, on the other hand, was listening, participating in our conversations from time to time and continued to work on her notebook, which, in my opinion was very rude!

Dinner was served, and we moved to the dining room. Our focus changed to more fun stuff, tastes, likes, dislikes, what some will miss, and how we will reconnect in the future.

As we came to the end of the evening, her friend went back to her notebook, she spent a further five minutes to complete her task, and everyone bid farewell, a lovely enjoyable evening for all.

I was cleaning up the living room and noticed a sheet of paper from the notebook her friend was working on. It was carefully placed under a side plate to get our attention. I glanced at it and, for a moment, was speechless. Her friend had, whilst I assumed she was rude, focused on sketching the two of us!

Her point was simple. She was clear of her intentions, and from the moment she arrived, she had decided what she was going to do!

Attitude of Gratitude!

We all set expectations as to how every situation must unfold. This is based on our own expectations. We never are good at accepting how others want to move along in life. We just want things to churn out according to our standards, which honestly deprives us of enjoying the best moments in life.

We visited a country where we had lived for three plus years and decided to catch up with all our friends. Our friends suggested a nice restaurant, we planned the event carefully with the help of other friends and had a fantastic night. As we ended the night, I went to settle the bill and was totally shocked to discover that our friend who recommended the venue had paid for everything. We were embarrassed, we looked at our friend with the question ‘why’ and their response was “thank you for bringing us all together after so many years, our friendships with each other is more precious, please do not thank us, we just love you all deeply’.

We could not deal with what happened. It was just too much, and we just could not believe it. The more we thought about it, the more we realized how friends go out of their way for each other. We were very thankful and touched deeply for the lovely gesture

We thank our God for wonderful friendships.

Each day is a learning on what is the right thing to do. When we read Scripture, we are constantly learning how God wants us to live and what He wants us to do with our lives. We also have the Holy Spirit within us who guides and teaches us.

We have no excuse for not knowing the right thing to do, because God is always prompting us through His spirit. God has told us how we should act and when we decide not to live according to God’s ways, we are willfully going against what He wants us to do. We now begin a journey of sinning.

Our God loves us deeply, He is faithful to forgive us our sins—which means He doesn’t count our sins against us. This is our assurance when we walk away and come back and confess.

As we reflect, do we sincerely listen to His promptings and have a genuine attitude of gratitude for what others do for us? Do we expect others to serve us because we are entitled to be served?

God continues to forgive us and provides us with a way to walk in the newness of life. We must thank Him for His faithfulness.


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