I've set a few specific goals to hopefully share the love of Christ more in my life. The first two goals involve recognizing His hand in my life: 1) I carry a little notebook with me at all times and try to record any time I feel that the Lord has touched my life that day, and 2) I try to say one prayer each day that only expresses gratitude. I've also started focusing my journal writing on recording the Lord's hand in my life that day. My other goals to apply charity in my life is to find someone to serve each day (beyond what I would normally do) and to focus my conversations by starting out with sincere questions about the other person--and then remembering what they tell me!
Yesterday, these goals were what turned a tired, sad day into an amazing one. I hadn't slept well the night before, so I was tired and grumpy, but I still tried to stick to my goals. At the beginning of my least favorite class of the week (physiology lab), I was feeling unmotivated, but as I talked to my friend Josh about his life and how his engagement is going, I felt a little better. Later, I reluctantly headed to my New Testament class, hoping the Spirit there would help. My usual spot was taken, so I sat closer to the front, right behind the girl who plays the piano for the opening song in class. Well, it turned out that she had a bad cough, and my wife had wisely packed some first aid kits in our backpacks that just happened to include cough drops! So I was able to provide service in a way that I wouldn't normally serve AND I was able to record my change in seating as a tender mercy from the Lord, who provided me with a way to share His love. The rest of the day had a spirit of humble reverence for the Lord's hand working through me to bless others, and I didn't feel grumpy for the rest of the day.
Charity is an amazing attribute of Christ, and I know He will continue to help me be happy as I seek to share His love with others.