Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. John 14: 23 NIV
The gift of creativity flows from generation to generation in our family and since I was a young girl I have been able to crochet, knit, sew, and design all types of crafts. Many years have passed and I have finally made the decision to focus on crocheting, using yarn and a hook to create little masterpieces.
Crochet lovers are a strong community with several hundred social media pages of which I am an active member of 3-4 groups. Yesterday, I read a very interesting dilemma that was posted regarding a friendship that ended where the crocheter made a prior commitment to make a baby blanket for her friend and now had ambivalent feelings on completing the blanket and giving it to her ex-friend.
If we possess a mindset of not acknowledging the decrease in the morality of our societies then peruse the social media sites every now and then. Not only were 99% of the responses directing the individual to complete the blanket and keep it for herself, but there were also many individuals who advised her to ask for money so she would not experience a total loss.
Should I get involved? I am very selective in responding to dilemmas on social media; after all, this is not the purpose of a crocheting site, it is meant to share pictures of your completed items and ask for assistance with issues that involve making items from yarn. I prayed, asking God for the words to post that would provide peace to the person who has experienced the loss of her best friend and who is in a state of confusion because she is asking strangers to help resolve her problem.
Blog entry: The cessation of friendship does not justify changing one’s prior commitment to complete the blanket; in fact, the action of others should not impact our morals or our values. Please complete the blanket and send it to her without pursuing compensation.
It is human nature to base our responses according to the actions of others; however, as believers, we must always stand for the truth, regardless of the situation. We will face challenges involving immorality, declining values, lies, conspiracies, and godlessness in every form. Our decision is either to live for God and obediently follow all of His commands or commit grievous sins against God by living for ourselves.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 ESV
The Bible is God’s Word: it reflects the truth, it is concise, and simplistic enough for a child to understand without any confusion. We are not given options, there is no middle of the road compromise, no multiple-choice options, and no opportunity to give our interpretation based on presenting dilemmas. When we ignore God’s commands and make decisions based on our feelings or the actions of others, we are living on the premise of “the Bible according to me.”
Following God faithfully, and obediently living according to His truth provides us with unlimited opportunities to witness. The crochet group that I blogged on has thousands of members if we do our part then God has promised to do His part. We must be a beacon of light in a world filled with darkness. Do whatever is necessary to live according to God’s Word!
Stay in His presence!
Bible Reading: Hebrews 2
Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask forgiveness of our sins and shortcomings. We pray to be cleansed from all unrighteousness and to be filled with your Holy Spirit. It is our desire to live obediently and faithfully to your commands. We pray for the strength to stay in your presence, and to always do what is right in your sight, according to your Holy Word. May our lives represent our relationship with you as we continue to use every opportunity to witness to others. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019