Meditation for Perfectionists – Thursday November 15, 2018
Hurricane or Gentle Breeze?
Galatians 5:23: “The fruit of the Spirit is …gentleness.”
It was the first week of the new year. The speaker closed her remarks with the following question: “What special characteristic would you like for God to develop in you this year?”
As I drove home I contemplated my response. “I want to be less obsessive; less intense. I want to balance giving with taking and then be comfortable with it. I want to learn to accept the person God made me to be. I want to be less judgmental of myself and others.” Then a light bulb flashed in my mind. “GENTLENESS!” I concluded. “I want to be more gentle.”
At home, I looked up the word, “gentleness” and read this definition: “kind, and moderate, a mild breeze, one with the velocity of no more than 12 miles per hour.” I smiled as I imagined going through each day at a moderate pace. Those of us who run through life at top speed are like a high velocity wind. Sometimes a hurricane; sometimes a whirlwind. Practicing gentleness with ourselves and others is learning to live like a refreshing gentle breeze.
Lord, manifest the fruit of gentleness in me.
Will it hurt?
I’m scared and tired of hurting.
Copyright Joan C. Webb
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