Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. (Ephesians 4:1-2 NLT)

Last night was our monthly Women of the Word (WOW) and I asked my good friends Ann Griffiths and Donna Inglis of Fingerprint Ministries to come down from Canada to speak to our women of The Summit. While their ministry is teaching women to live a lifestyle of mentoring, leaving an impression on those God puts in their lives, the scripture verse and topic assigned for our meeting was “Virtue” and Ephesians 4:1-2.

As Ann shared her insights from this scripture and the reality of the fact that we are mentoring, whether we know it or not, I was riveted by her gift of storytelling along with Paul’s admonishment that we lead a life worthy of our calling.

Am I doing that? If Paul is begging the church at Ephesus to intentionally lead a life of humility, gentleness, and patience where we overlook others faults instead of putting them under a spotlight, it musts be pretty important. I mean, he’s begging us! So how well am I living this?

Do I look at someone else’s propensity to be negative, or fearful, or bitter with a critical eye, magnifying it, with a roll of the eyes and a heavy sigh thinking they should really be farther along than they are? Or do I overlook it with compassion and tender-hearted mercy because of the love, His love that fills my heart?

How do I do when I have to wait in line at the store as the checker takes longer than normal with the person at the front of the line? Do I check my watch every 2 minutes, thinking of all the things I need to get done, allowing frustration and impatience to cloud my countenance?

In every conversation I have, am I asking God how He wants me to display His love, or am I merely dealing with things that come into view, as if checking off a never ending to-do list?

I must admit, I don’t always lead a life worthy of His calling. And I was challenged by Ann’s message…the reality that I am leaving a mark on others whether I realize it or not…and it can be for good or it can be for bad. It can be building up, or it can be tearing down.

I don’t know about you, but for me, in this new year, I want to be more intentional about leaving a mark on those I come in contact with…not only through my writing, but in person, in my everyday life. I want to achieve some victories increasing in humility, gentleness and patience. I want to love well and let that love, His love, cover over a multitude of sins, large or small.

Lord, let it be.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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