which God has before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10.
I love this idea - that I GET to walk in Good Works!! That they're preordained. Cool!
One of my students expressed to me his nervousness about taking writing assessment this past Monday - it was a state test. He was worried that he didn't know how to write well enough for it. I gave him a quick few pointers on writing, and left it at that. I was glad I got to share some goodness. I was reminded as I helped him that I'd actually prayed to help people that day. It was cool to see my prayer answered. Can't remember if I helped anyone else like that.
I feel that I don't honestly, conscientiously, look for who I can be good to, on purpose. I think making an effort to do that is excellent. I think there are so many opportunities that God will send our way if we're prayerful and purposeful about it.
Tonight as I was readying for bed, I thought for the third time during this abstinence, and the second time today, that I am not praying more than normal - like people typically fast and pray together a lot. But, my intention for this "fast" was to be more productive - I guess to walk in what I am called to do - but I wan't thinking about "good works" necessarily, but just being more productive in my life to accomplish what I feel I am called to do. So, that is working in that I am progressing in that direction, but it would be greatly assisted by prayer, NO DOUBT!
With the praying, I thought to maybe meditate instead, having had a desire to do that for 20+ years and never achieving it successfully with continuity. I heard that when we meditate we should do so on the word of God, as a Christian. In Psalm 1:2 -3 it says …2But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3He will be like a tree firmly planted...and whatever he does will prosper."
I love that. That was actually one of my first favorite verses while in England.
I gave it shot this evening. I lay in my bed and began to meditate, tired from my bike ride, and just focused on that verse from Ephesians about being the workmanship of God, a great thought! which came to mind while brushing my teeth. So as I thought of it, I thought about going around and doing good works, on purpose. Being mindful of who I can help. I think we are all like that to a degree, but as I previously stated, I believe if we deliberately set our intentions to walk in good works, to do good and be good to people, we will help to prosper others and help ourselves in the process too by giving because giving is receiving...and I have found that giving brings me...happiness.