September 8, 2017 – Friday
Ecclesiastes 7:8 [KJV] Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
When I work the row as a runner, it is easy to become proud in spirit. After all, I am the only one out of his cell. Everyone else is stuck in a 5’ x 8’ confinement 23 hours a day where it is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. So, it’s great to be able to exercise a little as I walk, to stretch without hitting the walls, and to just be “out.” Plus, the brothers depend on me to bring them ice in the summer and to heat up drinks in the winter. Yes, when I am a runner, it is easy to believe I am important. Very important. It is easy to become proud in the spirit where I work – as I skip to my own steps.
But scripture reminds us it is better to walk in God’s steps than it is to walk in our own. When we go by our own steps, we become prideful. This leads to saying or doing something hurtful, and that turns others from Jesus. But when we walk in God’s steps, we become patient in spirit. We wait for God to show us where the next step goes.
When you are at work today, will you be arrogant or will you be patient? Will you think only of the beginning, or will you think about the end?
Will you walk in your steps, or will you walk in God’s steps?
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for every step you bless me with today. Let me be ever patient and wait on Your steps. Amen.
Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA