Monthly Archives: September 2013

Like everyone else?

Rom 3:9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all.

I made a foolish statement yesterday, “I’m not like everyone else!”  Feeling sorry for myself, the amount of work I’m responsible for and the pressure to accomplish my tasks according to everyone’s expectations has taken its toll. For the past few days I have skipped my quiet time with the Lord to get to work early trying to meet my deadlines. My gas tank is now empty. My flesh and wicked heart now exposed. Self rears her ugly head to remind me; she is alive and well.

Indeed I am just like everyone else. I am a sinner in need of a Savior. I am flesh with a sinful nature. If I am to declare that I am NOT like everyone else, the only obvious factor setting me apart should be the precious blood of Jesus, the seal of the Holy Spirit, with His righteousness as evidence in my countenance. The active demonstration of which should be the fruit of His spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. But unless I willingly submit myself in complete and utter surrender to Him, unless I am in sweet fellowship with Him daily in His word, in prayer, and devotion, the weeds of my old life and my sinful nature begin to grow and make evident my lack of spiritual nourishment.

This is where I am today.

Confession is sweet to those who know Him. Praise God He is faithful, kind, just and full of love. He does not reject the humble and contrite heart willing to confess sin and shame. No, He receives us, cleanses us, and picks us up with His righteous right hand setting us back upon His path. He pours out His Spirit upon us to keep us walking through our lives according to His word. We go forward, thanking Him and praising Him for His unfailing love.

Today, as I set out on my own journey with a renewed spirit, may we all set out with the same heart demonstrating our difference from the world by walking as children of light and not darkness, set apart and Holy as He is Holy.

1 Pet 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

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A reminder to love

2 John 1:5 …love one another.

Busy schedules keep us moving on task. Sometimes we do it well accomplishing much in due order. Sometimes we do it willie-nillie catching ourselves when we are distracted. But in all we do through our day, we need to walk in love. Not the kind of love we flippantly declare for sports teams, shoes, or our favorite hamburger. No, it is the love of Jesus Christ and the commandment he gave us to love one another as He has loved us.

Today, may we consider His commandment with serious contemplation, with renewed focus and with immovable intent to love each other. This is His commandment and we prove we are His when we practice it.

John 15:12-15  “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are my friends if you do whatever I command you.”


Redeeming the time

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Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…

Maybe it’s the fact I will be half-a-century old that has me feeling the need to re-evaluate my priorities. Maybe it’s the small world we live in which seems to get smaller everyday under the microscope of social media that has me feeling everything is changing too fast. How do I keep up? How do I redeem one minute when it passes so quickly? Everything is moving and changing at lightning speed and I am moving and changing at a snail’s pace. My once athletic body is growing softer. My bones ache more deeply. My memory goes on “screen saver” more frequently. Still, it seems like yesterday when my skin was young, my capacity to do it all was at its peak, and my children still called me, “Mommy.” What do I do now? How do I redeem the time I have left here in this life that I might leave a lasting heritage the Lord would be pleased with when it seems I have such little time in my day to give?

Although I might not be able to regain opportunities lost forever, I have everything I need to make every moment count. The tiny world with all its great problems I can cover with prayer more diligently and with greater urgency. The little time I have I can be careful not to waste on distractions or habits that gain nothing for His kingdom. My body and my mind need not deteriorate more quickly than age allows; I can discipline myself take care of both with exercise and healthy food. To avoid spiritual stagnation, I can be in the Word every day, studying and growing in the knowledge of Him and reflecting His character more and more. Even if I can’t change as fast as the world, I can change the world as fast as I can with each moment in time He has given.

Today, join me in considering the time we have been given as good stewards making the most of each and every moment. Prepare and plan as the Lord wills. Invest your resources, your energy, time and money into His kingdom cause, careful not to waste it on the temporal or evil. Mostly, treat every day as if it were your last, covering every second with His love. Don’t waste another moment doing anything less.

Ephesians 5:15–16  Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.