It’s time to write for five minutes about the word “together“.
This morning I read the third chapter of Colossians. You know, the one that tells us to get rid of selfish sins like anger and the like, and to live in love for and peace with everyone.
God knew that today would be the perfect day to put my reading together with my experiences to help me learn something!
You see, Friday is the worst day of the week for local tourist traffic. Visiting folks don’t know where they’re going, they don’t know which lane goes where, when they can turn right on red, and so on. And they either drive super slow or like maniacs.
Friday morning also happens to be when I drive around town more than normal for grocery shopping, trying to get it done before going to work in the afternoon.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
Road wrath does not become one trying to live out Colossians 3! Let’s just say I had a lot of practice this morning.
God reminded me of the passage while I waited in line at the bank. He reminded me when someone cut across traffic to turn left from the right lane. He reminded me when someone didn’t want to alternate merge when a lane ran out. So many opportunities to practice!!
By the time I got home I was smiling at the way God put Colossians 3 together with what would be happening very soon afterwards in my day. You can’t tell me he’s not a God of the details!
In case you’d like a refresher on Colossians 3, here you go:
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father” (Colossians 3:1-17 NLT, emphasis added).
Each week Kate Motaung offers a one-word prompt, then encourages us to write. “Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write.“
How would you use the word “together” in a short post?