The sermon series that's going on right now at church is called It Came From Within. Each week, it's been about different things to do with our spiritual heart, like greed, jealousy, guilt, and anger. After church yesterday, I got to thinking about a few things. The first thing was just overwhelming thankfulness that God has given me such a good life. I don't feel like I have things in my past that I need to get over being angry about, or people that I've had big arguments with that I need to settle. At least, I don't think I do--maybe I have a really selective memory, but then that'd be good too . . . maybe.
The other thing I was thinking about is how great this whole sermon series has been for me, because these little things are what is going to keep me from experiencing complete happiness, and living the life that God wants me to live. The sermon yesterday on anger was very timely, considering that I had got a bit upset at Troy on the way to church. And it was really over nothing, for the most part (something he said, but I can't even remember what). A lot of times Troy says something, and he probably doesn't mean it in a bad way, but I take offense over it, and then I don't want to talk to him. Then when the pastor started giving the sermon on anger it was like a lightbulb moment for me. Sure, I don't have any huge issues in my past I need to get over. For me it's just the simple every day things where I could either take offense when none was meant, or just forget it right then and move on.
Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God." (Matthew 5:9) That's definitely something I need to keep close to my heart.