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TAG NOT TO BE REMOVED

Father, Almighty God of all that is, I will never cease to be in awe of Your attention towards me. I see myself as one amongst billions! But You see me…as me and You interact with me because You love me. I am important to You. Thank You, Father, for Your love and personal attention.

In one of my excursions down the hall last night a thought occurred to me, Lord. It related to the kind of relationship that we have. My thought was about the infamous “TAG NOT TO BE REMOVED” tag on mattresses. OK, it like 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning and odd things can pop up in your mind! But hear me out.

When we come into existence we get a “TAG NOT TO BE REMOVED” tag. Now we can cut off a mattress tag (it’s really there to keep the manufacturer in line) but the tag on us is that we belong to You, our Creator. We are a one-of-a-kind being. We are created to fulfill a unique niche that no one else can. We are special.

But where we and the mattress differ is that our tag can’t be removed. We may not like the tag. We may deny that we were created. We may flat out deny the existence of our Creator…but our tag cannot be removed. We are who we are.

No matter how much we rebel. No matter how far we run. No matter how much disdain, apathy or hatred we may have for our Creator…He still loves us. We cannot sever the “tag” that binds us to You. And no matter how far we wander, we are never too far gone to return home – to the One who loves us.

Depending on where you stand Psalm 139:1-18 can be extremely comforting or, I suppose, infuriating. Take a moment and click on it to read it.

Lord, I for one am comforted by the words of David,

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me! v.18

Amen!

Apr 12th, Wed, 6:38 am

Grace and Peace

I know You are with me, Father. May our time together this morning stoke the fire in my heart so that its warmth would radiate through my life this day. I pray that others would be drawn to You through me. Amen

1 Peter 1:1-2 (<<click here)

“May God give you more and more grace and peace.”

Lord, I pray that Peter’s request would be fleshed out in my life today and every day. I really see this as a “receiving” and a “giving” kind of thing.

From You we receive grace – that is Your unmerited (not deserved) favor. One of the many blessings You give us is not giving us what we truly deserve – death for our sin. Instead, You favor us with Your love and forgiveness. We would truly be lost without Your intervention in our lives. Thank You, Lord…

And because of Your gift of grace we now have peace with You. The second verse of the old hymn Hidden Peace, says it well.

Beneath the toil and care of life
This hidden stream flows on.
My wearing soul no longer thirsts,
Nor am I sad and lone.
There’s a deep settled peace in my soul
There’s a deep settled peace in my soul
Though the billows of sin near me roll     
He abides; Christ abides.                               -John S Brown

Lord, You have so generously blessed me with Your grace and peace; but as Your child I must pass them along to a world, devoid of them. Many in our world are at each other’s throats. Vengeance, hatred, apathy fill our world. Lord, enable me to give to others what You have given me. Make me a conduit of Your grace and peace to a world who truly knows neither. May I be generous and give freely to all, as You do with no bias or hesitancy. Amen.

Oct 14th, Fri, 6:45 am

Gone Too Far?

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Father, help me to give my attention to You this morning. You have much to teach me. Help me block out all my mind’s distractions as we come together. Amen.

James 5:19-20 (<<click here)

Why is it, Lord, that we tend to write off those who have wandered from the faith? Why do we not more aggressively pursue those who have let their relationship with You grow cold with the warmth of Your love?

Part of it, I’m sure, is just plain apathy – we just don’t care. Lord, forgive us.

Part of it, too, is that sometimes we don’t really notice. It can be a gradual thing. We get caught up with our own lives and don’t realize what’s happening until way down the path. Lord, make us attentive.

Quite often we feel that they’ve just gone too far, they’ve crossed the line one too many times and that’s it – we write them off. They’re a lost cause. But, Lord, haven’t we all gone too far? Haven’t we all crossed that line one too many times? And do You write us off? No, You don’t! You are the father of the prodigal and every one of us has squandered Your bounty in “wild living” Luke 15:11-32

Lord, fill me with Your grace and mercy. I have wandered time and again and I am now in Your arms of love. None of us is ever so far gone that we would not be welcomed back when we seek Your forgiveness. May I be more like You. May my heart burn with that desire to bring the wanderers back into the fold. Amen.

Oct 11th, Tues, 6:25 am

I Am a Cup

It’s hard to believe that what caused me to wake up several times this morning for fear I would miss is something I wasn’t even thinking of doing a year ago! But Father I do not want to miss our special time together. Granted at this point the compulsive part of my personality may be making a contribution but it’s all good! Father, You made me and whatever it takes to get me up and at it with You is fine by me! Bless our time together; speak to me for I am listening…

I’m not exactly sure what he said, but a radio preacher got my mind going down a certain track. Then end result was – I am a cup. (Profound, huh?) At the beginning of each day I get to fill it with whatever I want. It is a choice but it is also possible to relinquish that choice and to just let the day fill it with whatever it will. A big problem, though with going that route is that all kinds of junk can be dumped in my cup – anger…apathy…bitterness…envy…lust…revenge…need I go on? And more often than not these things will leave a residue in my cup.

In the past when I’ve made chocolate milk, sometimes the chocolate syrup sticks to the side of my cup even with lots of stirring and scraping. Now what was in my cup was very good but if it is not cleaned properly the residue that was left will still be there the next day when I go to use my cup again. So unless I take care to clean my cup, each day’s residue will continue to accumulate and before too long things begin to taste funny. If I’m not careful it can even begin to affect my health.

That’s one way I can go about being a cup but is not the only way. I am a cup who knows its Maker! Those individuals who make things usually know a great deal about their care. God made me and who better to help me care for myself?

Each morning now, I start off clean – no accumulating residue to mess things up. And each day God fills me. He fills me with himself and all the good things that make Him who He is…love….patience…forgiveness…purity…devotion…joy…and boy, could I go on! And He doesn’t just fill me a little, His fill is to overflowing! It is clean and pure and whole and it fills my every need. And my overflow can’t help but splash those around me – some get a little sprinkle but if they get close enough they might just get drenched! What could be better than that!?

There’s a song that comes to mind that communicates these thoughts so clearly – “Fill My Cup, Lord.”

Like the woman at the well, I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy.
And then I heard my Savior speaking—
“Draw from My well that never shall run dry.”

     Fill my cup, Lord; I lift it up Lord;
     Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
     Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more.
     Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.

There are millions in this world who are craving
The pleasures earthly things afford.
But none can match the wondrous treasure
That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord.

So my brother if the things that this world gave you
Leave hungers that won’t pass away,
My blessed Lord will come and save you
If you kneel to Him and humbly pray—

Words & Music by Richard Blanchard

Lord, fill me this day. Use me as You will. Help me drench those around me with all that You are! Amen!

Feb 6th, Sat, 5:11 am