For a bishop as God’s steward must be blameless, not arrogant, not irritable, not a drunkard, not aggressive, not greedy for sordid gain, but hospitable, a lover of goodness, temperate, just, holy, and self-controlled, holding fast to the true message as taught so that he will be able both to exhort with sound doctrine and to refute opponents. (Titus 1:7-9)Titus was helping build the church, and was told what qualities to look for in the leaders he would appoint. You and I might not be bishops, pastors, or even ministry leaders, but these are qualities that we should show too. The words we say in a profession of faith are only a fraction of the gospel we preach, and there is always someone watching us! I went through a divorce in 2014 and I had to make a choice. As I was going through this divorce process, would I live out my faith or would I shove it to the side? Most days I still lived the gospel, but I’d be lying if I said I never showed any of those characteristics Titus was warned about: arrogance, irritability, aggression … and sometimes I took my pain out on the people I loved the most, just like Joyce did. I love that this part of Joyce’s story wasn’t left out of the film. This flaw in her is what finally leads to her breakthrough and causes her to fully surrender to God’s will and it’s a wonderful reminder to be loving, gentle, and hospitable even when we are the one who needs the miracle.
Copyright 2019 Abby Watts
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Abby Brundage Watts is a mother of two little boys. Since January of 2008 she has hosted The Big, Big House Morning Show on Spirit FM 90.5, the radio ministry of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg in Florida. The show mixes inspiration, humor and family fun (and great music of course)! You can hear Abby every weekday 6-10am, EST and online at www.myspiritfm.com. She also is the co-creator of the podcast, Perhaps This Is the Moment. You can find it on all the podcast platforms.