Thursday, March 6, 2014

to love or hate autocorrect?

I have a love-hate relationship with autocorrect.  Anyone with a smart phone may be able to relate.  In those moments where careless, lazy typos and grammar deficiencies get the best of me, it is my best friend.  But there are also times when I am trying to convey something and autocorrect takes over and steps on my toes in areas I just hadn't desired for it to do so.

In many ways, the Holy Spirit is just like autocorrect in our lives.  Though I do not share the same love-hate relationship, I do feel the pain of interruption and discomfort when I fall out of step and the Holy Spirit pulls me back into His correction.

"Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit."
Galatians 5:25

Sometimes in life, we slow our pace, get stagnant, and stop moving forward with God.  Other times, we rush on ahead without Him.  Galatians 5:25 reminds believers to keep in step with the Spirit.  The NLT version translates the latter part of this verse to, "...let us follow the Spirit's leading in every part of our lives."  When we are doing this, our lives will bear evidence of His fruit.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." 
Galatians 5:22-23

God has a way of gently pulling us back into Autocorrect in those moments when we are careless, lazy and deficient.  He also chases and brings us back into tandem step in those moments we rush ahead of Him.  Sometimes, it interrupts and delays.  Other times, it is a bit painful and brings discomfort.  But, always, it's for our own good (Hebrews 12:10).  He does it out of love for us...so our lives will bear fruit and we will be equipped to share His message of hope to those in need.  A message He has always intended and desired for us to send, even when we try to step on His toes.

God, thank You for being our Autocorrect.  May we grow to crave, love, and obey You, even when it interrupts life and brings discomfort.  Though we are imperfect messengers, let us keep in step with Your Spirit and bear fruit, so that we may be equipped to share Your perfect message to the world around us.

5 comments:

  1. Love this simile! And I'm thankful for our Autocorrect too:)

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    1. love YOU and your heart RS...you had me in tears this morning. A big AMEN to all God has done in and through you.

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  3. Holy Spirit ... autocorrect. Haven't thought of them as being related. Good analogy here!

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