In today’s world of comparison, it is easy to become caught up in things you lack. I am always refocusing and counting my blessings in order to ward off the “I should have” or “I want” or “my kids need” or “the neighbor just got”.
As I was pondering the prompt word this morning, this verse from James kept running through my head.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind”
If anyone lacks wisdom, he should pray for it and God will provide it. So if God wants us to pray for wisdom, don’t you think we should also be praying for the other attributes? A loving heart, joyful spirit, faith, patience (I don’t recomment this one. I prayed for patience recently and my kids turned into total monsters! I ended up hiding in the pantry eating chocolate by noon), a peaceful home, contentment, etc. etc.
What if our focus was not on our lack of material things but on our lack of good character?
Lack of good character. Yep, hurts a bit to say it like that.
If I were to pick one characteristic that I am lacking right now, it would be peace. My anxiety struggle, my lack of patience with the boys, my perfection drive, all scream my lack of a peaceful heart.
I went past five minutes again! I will end with this.
Dear friends, what characteristic do you lack? Which do you need to be asking God for?
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