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Peace in the Ups and Downs

Father, reading “Our Daily Bread” this morning connected it with a sermon You gave me a couple of weeks ago. Both dealt with John 14 where Jesus speaks of the Holy Spirit indwelling us. This is something I realize but what comfort I find in being reminded of it. May Your presence in me this day influence my every word and deed. May the peace You give me be evident to all. “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.”

Lord, I thought I was going to read a passage and write on it this morning but You have touched my heart in my opening prayer and I feel compelled to carry on.

In our world “peace” is elusive. Left to us, on a global scale, it is impossible but on an individual basis it is difficult but surely attainable. We all yearn for peace. But our problem lies in the fact that just about all of us search for it in every nook and cranny but fail to look to You – the Prince of Peace. Even Your children are hard pressed from time to time to find it.

Part of our problem is that we feel we have to take care of things ourselves – we shouldn’t have to ask anyone to help us. That would show that we are weak. We may not want to acknowledge it but that’s what we are! We are weak. In and of ourselves we cannot find peace – or we can’t hold on to it.

But probably the biggest contributing factor to our dilemma is the fact that our relationships with You are shallow. You desire deep relationships with us, but we are too busy. Or more likely, we fear giving ourselves over to You thinking that life as we know it will cease to exist – no more fun, just holed up with a Bible somewhere.

But, Lord, nothing could be farther from the truth! When we give ourselves over to You, there is freedom! And there is…peace.

This is a reality, Lord, for I have experienced it firsthand. I have followed You for most of my life but until I gave myself totally over to You, my life was a rotating course of ups and downs, ins and outs. And getting to this point is more than mental assent – it’s more than a wish. It is a deliberate, conscientious act…and I believe it comes with setting aside our precious time and investing it in a heart-to-heart, transparent, honest daily time with You. Only then can we find the treasured trophy of peace, hope and love that You have for us.

Help me, Lord, to stay the course. Thank You for calling out to me. Thank You for having the where with all to answer. Amen.

May 27th, Fri, 6:21 am

More Return for the Investment

Father, this morning I come humbly into Your presence, for I must ask for forgiveness. I realize that You are to be my focus. Everything else I do in my life must be filtered through You. For only You can give true perspective. Even wonderful gifts from Your bounteous hand can become distractions. Too many times in the last few days have I invested so much time and effort and energy into good things that I have stayed up much later than usual and then I have not been rested enough to rise and spend time with You. This is only the second time in the last 5 days I have been with You at this important time. I neglect our time together and in doing so my defenses drop and my heart is more easily turned from You. And Father, even a little bit is too much. Just looking over a slippery slope I put myself in danger Father, forgive me. Help me to keep my eyes on You; to not neglect our time together. I am weak and sickeningly vulnerable. Only in You can I be strong. Thank You, Father! May it be so. Amen!

Colossians 3:22-4:1 (<<click here)

Lord, in all I say or do I must be accountable to You. At my full-time job, they may be paying me but if put all my efforts into working for You and doing what is pleasing to You, then my employer will get much more in return for their investment. I will be more productive, more conscientious about how I use my time, much less apt to complain. I pray I will do my best so as to please You.

As a department supervisor, I am also responsible for people working under me. Enable me to treat them fairly, with understanding and compassion – to be patient and kind. Help me to treat them as I want to be treated.

And these precepts apply not just to that job but to my work in the church and my responsibility as husband and father. And while we are here it should also overflow into my interactions with people I encounter in the ebb and flow of my life.

Lord, when I strive to serve You – and in reality that translates to love You – everyone wins! Loving You with all that I am enables You to touch the world through me.

July 1st, Wed, 5:52 am