A Pattern of Good Works
As I have spent much time over the last few weeks looking at patterns for quilts, patterns in fabric, patterns for sewing and even patterns for cutting, I have found such comfort and meaning in patterns. As you follow a pattern, you can see exactly how to do something in order to achieve the desired results. Also, by following a pattern, you can quickly see where you are deviating off course in plenty of time to get back on track without wrecking your whole project. In addition, by utilizing a pattern and laying down your moves in a logical, planned order, others can clearly follow your steps, again achieving those same desired results.
It wasn’t long into my quilting adventure that I could clearly see the value of following a good pattern. It was then my mind went to Titus 2:7-8, that states, “In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemened; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” It was so clear what God had been saying all along, “Be Ye holy for I am holy,” I Peter 1:16. …”a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you…” I Peter 2:9. Someone is always watching. Your actions, habits, way of being and patterns are leaving footprints for others to follow. We have a responsibility to live our lives in such a way that the pattern of our being leads others to Him. Our lives should be lived after the pattern that Jesus left us, His Holy Word. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” Psalm 119:105.