So I just started reading 2nd Samuel and love to see already how it fits into what God has been working in my life.
First chapter I am blown away by David and how honoring he is. I've heard it said the most important thing about you is what you believe about God. Man, by David's actions, it is obvious he thought very highly of God and recognized His authority in life.
If there was someone in my life that hated me so deeply that they spent a lot of thier life chasing me down to kill me... someone who whole-heartedly devoted themselves to destroying my life... well, let me just say that I would not have the attitude that David had. David was so honoring! He bragged about the good things about Saul when he died. The very guy who tried to destroy him... he did not say a bad thing about him but rather wrote a song and has all his army guys sing it about how great Saul was. CRAZY WOW! That is honor!
Then in chapter 2 "When David was told that it was the men from Jabesh Gilead who had buried Saul, he sent messengers to them to say to them, "The Lord bless you for showing this kindnessto Saul your master by burying him. May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this." Wow. David is committing himself to show kindness to the people who were kind to his enemy.
Sometimes it is easy to think there is just nothing good about this person or that person so how in the world can I brag about them to others? But seriously, if David can honor his worst enemy... someone who tried to destroy his life, someone devoted to kill him. Surely I can honor those hard to honor.
And speaking of honor. I so much want honoring to become part of me. I want it to be a habit to brag on God and brag on other people. But since it is not a habit now and doesnt just come naturally, I need to train myself (by the power of the Holy Spirit). So, what I have decided it to each week reflect on the week and how I saw God at work in peoples lives. Then that will give me a couple stories where I can brag on God and brag on people. This will help me since I am not a great spur of the moment talker. (Hence why I like planning so much.) Then when questions as simple as "how was your week?" or "How are you?" I will be prepared to cease the moment and make the most of that opportunity.