I want to be sure to mention that today is the National Day of Prayer & I hope that we don’t stop with one day 🙂 Our nation needs sustained & daily prayer so let’s keep praying for our nation tomorrow, the next and work this habit into our daily routines 🙂
With that shameless plug to pray, here’s something really fun! I recently had the great honor to be with Joni Lamb on her Table Talk program! I had such a great time!
I rarely ever do this, but here’s a video link so you can join this helpful and engaging discussion!
Here’s a quote on friendship by the famous CS Lewis. The quote is classic Lewis, insightful & inspiring. But alas, there’s a downside to this warm & engaging quote above Lewis’ picture. The quote doesn’t scratch the surface of who CS Lewis was, nor the immensity of his thoughts, wisdom, writing nor influence. He was truly a giant among men. So let’s be careful that we don’t think we know the man by looking at his picture & reading an inspiring quote.
In the same way, let’s consider that we can often treat God with the same shabby quip and blip method. I’ve definitely been guilty of taking a quick verse and letting that suffice for my understanding of who God is. To really know a person means to spend time with them in lots of scenarios and to listen and watch them with an open heart. How much more true is this for the lifetime adventure of knowing and walking with God. Let’s leave the quips and blips strategy for politics and shallow journalism.
Let’s allow Heavenly Help to teach us the lifestyle of Jeremiah 9:23-24.
I admit that I still like The Go Go’s, a pop band from
the 80s. Listening to them is like eating cotton candy: sappy & lite. They sing, “Get Up & Go”, a catchy tune with mindless lyrics, something about not going slow – a peppy little song.
Alas, I did not get up & go.
Recently I was supposed to go to Angola for Saving Moses but because of some visa problems & health challenges, I find myself at home, unexpectedly. It’s tricky for me because I like to get up & go. I like to be on the move. So sitting down & staying isn’t always my first choice. But there are times & seasons when God knows that what we need most is to sit & stay, even when this cuts against the grain of our personality.
So here are some benefits I’m realizing from this non-Go Go season:
I love the time with my family – listening, watching, cooking, cleaning with them & enjoying their company
More thinking: as if I needed more thinking, and yet this stillness affords me a depth that I don’t enjoy when I’m on the move
Quiet: not only am I appreciating the quiet on the outside, but I’m learning an internal quiet that is very soothing & wholesome
Heavenly Help: I’m learning a new closeness with the Holy Spirit that I’ve not experienced before 🙂
The verses God is speaking to me everyday in this season are Ps 131:1-2. Take a few moments to read these – likely God has some good for all of us even during a sit & stay season ,)
Job 2:13, “Then they sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights with no one speaking a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great.”
These friends that sat with Job in silence for 7 days were the same friends who were not very gentle in their words to him for many chapters throughout this book. Nonetheless, it gives me great pause to think that these guys travelled for several days to be with Job at the lowest point in his life. When they saw how despondent he was, they sat with him for 7days without saying anything.
Their behavior really challenges me to consider if I’m this kind of a friend who could sit quietly with a friend in their greatest time of suffering. This is the idea of keeping company with someone even when they aren’t very pleasant or enjoyable. It begs the question, “Am I a ‘fair-weather’ friend, or am I reliable in the skinny / thin times?” Consider Matt 26:38 & Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.
It seems to me that we aren’t very comfortable sitting with someone when they’re suffering or struggling, but sometimes, keeping company with a friend in a hardship is a tangible expression of genuine love.
I like what Mother Teresa said, ““Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.””
I was talking with a friend this weekend about being mature. He made a comment that settled into my mind for lots of thinking. He made the statement that being an “older Christian” was the same as being a “mature Christian”. This is where I paused to think. I started to think about what it means to be a mature Christian and I thought about this in light of knowing lots of folk who have been Christians for multiple decades. Does time equal maturity?
If time and age don’t equal mature, what does it mean to be a mature follower of Jesus? Here’s a short answer: a person who is more & more Christlike is an increasingly mature follower of Jesus. If you’d like to ruminate on some sturdy ruffage on this topic, consider taking some time to read & digest Hebrew 5:11-6:8 🙂
Let’s endeavor to be not only aged followers of Jesus, but more importantly mature believers, full of Christlike fruit in our daily living 🙂
I used to think it was impossible to be too smart. Now I don’t think this for a few reasons:
I’ve met people who think they’re “the smartest person in the room” and more often than not, such people are neither personable nor pleasant, despite being so smart
people often get smart in a particular field / topic at the expense of being “smart” in other areas, thereby creating imbalance, which is not so bueno: think Steve Jobs
being smart isn’t always the same as being wise
When we think about being smart, let’s keep the mindset that empowers us to always be learning and growing. Let’s posture our intelligence in humility and service more than superiority and supremacy. And let’s continuously acknowledge that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Wisdom, a dramatic upgrade to just being smart 🙂
Do you need some big changes in your life? Do you know anyone who needs some big changes? This quick blog could be super helpful!
Sometimes, it’s the “small” things that create big changes. For example, I read this morning in Acts 13 about how there was a prayer meeting where the Holy Spirit prompted the participants to lay hands on 2 guys & send them out. The 2 guys were Paul & Barnabas & this prayer meeting was the beginning of their missions ministry. Out of this prayer meeting, thousands of people were reached for Jesus, two continents heard the Gospel & numerous churches were planted. I’d say that from this prayer meeting, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit monumental changes were launched.
Never belittle the power of prayer nor the leading of the Holy Spirit to affect big changes in your life!
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