Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. Hebrews 12: 14-15
There's nothing special about today. Today's the 18th of September. But today, I'm thankful for conviction. I'm thankful for the desire in my heart to fully commit to the understanding that to be better, to be closer to God, I will have to undergo a continuous detoxification of my soul to weed out the "bitter roots" that can stagnate my growth and development. God is the only one who can purify our systems to reveal within us holier and purer hearts. Life's just not worth living any other way.
I'm not ashamed of who I am and the relationship I have with God. I thank God (probably not as much as I should) that I have convictions. We often don't take advantage of the fact that we could be closer to God simply by recognizing these convictions that we often ignore. Conviction is frowned upon today because some see it as a deterrent rather than a catalyst to a more joyful life.
Our children depend on us as parents, teachers--as adults in general--to teach them convictions. Who are they going to learn them from if not from us? If we don't listen to our own convictions, how will our children ever plant their feet in the Lord's truth?
Don't be scared of your convictions today; be thankful you have them. Don't be ashamed of them; honor them. Our children depend on it.