Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.… But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15 (NIV)
Where did the day go? Have you said that? I have.
If I do not deliberately and systematically create space for God (read, knock off for a bit,) I will have chosen to serve all the other gods of my day. They are not a bad lot but are no match for God. And none love me back. No matter how much I SAY I love God, my actions speak otherwise. I SERVE what is fun, expedient, pressing, loud, flashy, and what makes me look good. Angry Birds-30 minutes, God – zip.
This is a choice, as Joshua says. We choose to serve God or we don't.
Who will you choose to serve this day?
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Finally, my wait if over! I asked why I had to do this all over again. It seemed a waste of time if not disrespectful. I was placed on hold. Grrr.
We all hate this.
But how often are we unresponsive to others? Offer help but, when asked, don't? When we see a need, look elsewhere? Add one more burden to an already overloaded friend, family member or co-worker? When someone needs to step up, do nothing, letting someone else do what we could do?
Jesus did not help all but did address all who he came in direct contact with. Cleanly, quickly, respectfully.
Seek to be responsive today. Let's put a stop to unresponsiveness Hell. And may your voicemail travels be few.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Windows let light in. Mirrors reflect light. Today, I can be a window and let the Light of Christ shine on me and expose what needs change as well as warm my soul. Or I can be a mirror, deflecting Christ's light, thereby saving myself from needed change but, also, denying myself his love. Windows give me hope. Mirrors imprison me in my fear.
Which will I choose today?
The true light that shines on everyone was coming into the world. John 1:9 (CEV)
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
I'm mad. Yes, priests get mad. I'm hanging onto it. I might even sublet. Rotten things have piled up as they sometimes do and I don't like it. I don't want it. Why, Lord?
God replies, "Are you done?"
Easy for God to say. He/She is there. I'm here.
Loads of folks say, "God will never give you more than you can handle." But is that scriptural? Even if it is, I want what I want, not what I can handle.
Yet "mad" changes nothing and it is a terrible state to be in (it turns to depression if we let it marinate too long.)
Here is what God says,
Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (TEV)
Okay, my way doesn't work. I'm with you, God. Let's move on. I know you are there.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
We who claim to follow Christ (we can worship Christ and have a cross necklace and not follow Jesus BTW) are to be concerned about the poor. PERIOD. The question is; are we? Actively?
God overwhelmingly sides with the poor and expects us to do so. If the plight of the poor does not find its way into our days in thought, word and action, we have missed something important. And it may be our very soul.
your assemblies are a stench to me.
Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,
I will have no regard for them.
Away with the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.
But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream! Amos 5:21-24