But there has been a time of sewing and harvesting a bit in relationships - the fruit God has put in my way for this week. I am seeking to focus on that fruit and give up my expectations and, well, more of my pride - ouch! (Note the "more of my pride" comment refers to a blog post not yet posted - like I said, my week is not going in the order I expected.)
The appearances I seek, that is, the impressions I make are not as important as the persons I encounter. I am holding to that priority and letting go of my other expectations. I want to reflect Christ. I am praying for a peaceful demeanor; not a frantic, impatient, fidgety one that adds to stressful situations surrounding us.
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.
2 Corinthians 2:14 (NIV)