Rev. Chelsea Simon
Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 9:30am
Two children under 3 years old is no joke. I knew it would be a lot of work but I wasn’t exactly prepared for what is now reality. Don’t get me wrong. I obviously love both Max and Whitney and I love being a mother but there are some days….
Max is in the dreaded terrible two age (which I heard lasts till 4 years old!). This includes throwing food and toys, hitting, and saying “No! No! Noooooooo!” to every possible question asked or direction given. And Whitney is a 9 month old trying to walk. So there are days in my house that just seem chaotic. Correction, most days in my house are chaotic.
As these two play together, I find myself repeating the phrase, “be gentle” about 1,000 times per day. Frustrated that they don’t understand me, I began to wonder if they saw gentleness very often. Maybe I didn’t model it enough...or at all.
And then I realized, much like love, I cannot be gentle with others if I am not first gentle with myself. It’s an inside out type of thing.
Gentleness comes from God. We read in Matthew that Jesus invites us into this gentle relationship offering us rest for our weary souls. We read in Galatians that one of the fruits of the Spirit is gentleness.
When we are deeply connected to God our life will reflect it. It will be evident. We will be loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, generous, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. Not always (we are human after all!) but more so.
So let’s start with one! This week we will focus on gentleness. I hope you will join us for our livestream service on Sunday at 9:30am or whenever you can!
Peace in Christ,