Cling to what is good. “Hold on tightly” to what is good. Remember your grip on the monkey bars at school? You were determined to swing to the other side without falling. Clinging to something for dear life conjures up in our minds the physical and emotional. Our muscles tighten and our determination to hold on to what we know to be right, true, and desired becomes our desperate pursuit. Paul, in Romans chapter 12, reminds us to hate what is evil and to cling to what is good. There is no way around it. We know the goodness of “good” because of the evilness of “evil”. This side of heaven both will exist.
Cling to what is good. In my prayer time this morning watching the sun rise,
God reminded me of His goodness. Before heading outside, I noticed the word cling:
I literally rounded the corner and saw the sun shining on memories and moments to which I cling. Cling is a word we often use in a negative sense. Don’t be too clingy. If you love something, let it go. I want to assure readers, that I’m not discussing desperate clinging, but a purposeful and grateful heart that acknowledges the goodness that is already there. In Philippians, Paul ended up in prison for sharing the love of Jesus. While there, he wrote a letter. The letter was filled with the reality of his chained and broken situation, but he knew how to cling to the goodness of God.
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
Life’s curve balls, interestingly enough, can cause an array of emotions–fear, shame, hopelessness. Paul clung to eagerness, hope, courage, and the power of God’s love. I’m not sure what curve balls have come across home plate for you. I closed my eyes and listened to the birds this morning while breathing in cold air and feeling the warmth of the magnificent sun. I selected a Chris Tomlin song, Good, Good Father, and prayed for our world, for you, and my family to know God’s goodness in the midst of a broken and confusing world.
Today–cling to what is good. Take notice. We will notice the irritating, the hard, the same-old-same-old, but can you notice the good?
Remember that God knows you are not perfect, and He is pleased with you. He adores you. You are precious in His sight.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
My prayer for you:
A worship song for you: