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Little Reminders

by Barb Gromer

A 15-year old girl wrote to the advice columnist, Ann Landers, “My biggest problem is my mother. All she does is nag nag nag from morning till night. It’s “Turn off the TV.” “Do your homework.” “Wash your neck.” “Stand up straight.” “Go clean up your room.” How do I get her off my case?” Ann’s advice: “Turn off the TV. Do your homework. Wash your neck. Stand up straight. Go clean up your room.” 

It reminds me of the Christian walk. Do you ever feel a “nag” from God? “Love one another.” “Be kind.” “Don’t be downhearted.” “Don’t complain.” “Don’t be anxious,” What should we do about these little reminders?  I guess the answer is “Love one another. Be kind. Don’t be downhearted. Don’t complain. Don’t be anxious.”  

It’s easier said than done, isn’t it? We may need to quote ourselves some scripture. Philippians is a good book to know. 

Chapter 2
Verse 2 – Love one another; 
Verse 5 – Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
Verses 14-15 – Do everything without complaining. Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in the squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God.

Chapter 4
Verse 4 – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Verse 6 – Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray.
Verse 8 – …you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.

In addition to knowing scripture, we can pray asking God for help. The Holy Spirit stands ready to meet every need. He comforts, directs, teaches, helps, gives wisdom and power, strengthens, intercedes for us when we don’t know how to pray, and enables us to bear fruit.