A couple of weeks ago, while in Cambodia, I met a man named Tom. For nearly two decades, Tom has served the people of Cambodia through practicing medicine as a physician and through sharing the love and gospel of Jesus as a Christian. For various reasons, people leave home to live in another - a heart for people and a willingness to serve as God leads provide Tom with his reasons.
Reasons lead to choices. They motivate us to act, to respond, to change. Reasons vary . . .
- Due to the reason of love, one chooses to protect another.
- Due to the reason of fear, one chooses to hide.
- Due to the reason of gratitude, one says "thank you."
- Due to the reason of anger, one holds a grudge.
Checking one's reasons proves to be an important part of living one's everyday, ordinary life for Christ. Sure, assessing actions is beneficial; yet, focusing on actions alone fails to complete the task.
- We need not only to love; we need to know why we love.
- We need to hold our tongues. We do even better by discovering why the words willing their way toward our lips are forming - for what reasons are we angry?
Ponder, won't you, the reasons you love your spouse.
Now tell him / her.
Consider, won't you, the reasons you lack patience or compassion.
It's time to confess them.
Let's live intentionally. Get to know your reasons.