Thank You, Father, for a productive day yesterday and a good night’s sleep. I am so grateful that You are not just God of the big things but that You are with me through all the many little things of life. My heart’s desire is to give You today to use as You see fit. Use me to touch the many people I will encounter.
Lord, in our lives the word “work” can quite often be considered a four-letter word. Some avoid it like the plague; others are totally consumed by it. Today, Lord, may I find the right balance of where work should factor into my life. No matter what work I do, may I do it to please You. May I be diligent and work with the utmost of integrity. Then, on the other hand, help me to not get so caught up with the task at hand that I neglect to see the people that cross my path – family, friends, work associates, customers, and total strangers. Help me to see them with Your perspective.
Once again, even as we came together this morning You from the start were directing my thoughts to the topic of this morning’s scripture before I had even read it. Jesus, thank You for loving me and guiding me. Thank You for Your patience. Help me to love You more and more each day.
As I have sat here this morning, Father, my thoughts have been on a friend who from our perspective unexpectedly crossed the threshold into Your waiting arms this week. We just never know when our time here on this earth will be complete. My friend was ready to be called home; he was Your faithful follower. May we all be ready to do the same and may we all be diligent in bringing others to You so they may be ready as well.
Lord, in reading this passage and the coinciding notes in my study Bible*, it brings to mind once more my friend. His name is Kerry Hooper. I met him almost 30 years ago. He printed just about everything for a Christian bookstore that I worked for. The whole time I knew him, he lived a life worthy of the calling You place upon his life – both professionally and privately. He truly worshiped “Christ as Lord of [his] life.”
He lived out his faith and if anyone asked about his life as a believer he was always ready to explain it. Even after going into business for himself, he was truly a Christianbusinessman. He was upright and a man of integrity. He shared his faith in a “gentle and respectful way”with a conscience that was clear.
Kerry was a humble man of God, and I’m sure he was far from perfect – for none of us are – but his faith was genuine and it was obvious that he was a man after God’s own heart.
Lord, may I live out my life as a beacon for you. Help me to live out my life as Kerry did – as so manyof Your followers do – may Your kingdom be increased as Your will is made known through us. Amen.
What a privilege, Father, to come together with You. As I looked out the window this morning the fog is fairly thick and my mind doesn’t feel much different. Lack of sleep from sitting with the family of a dying man the night before last has impacted me…but them even more so. Father, may they feel Your presence as their grief weighs heavy upon them this day. May they find Your peace as we all cling to the certain hope of being reunited with him and all our loved ones who have gone before us into Your presence. Amen.
Lord, as I sit here rocking and praying, You bring to mind a question: What kind of legacy will we leave behind when we are gone?
Wayne left an exemplary one. He was faithful to You, he was a loving father and husband, he was a hardworking man of integrity, he was a devoted servant of the Church. He was no more perfect than any of us but in the almost 14 years I knew him, I really don’t recall anyone speaking ill of him.
Lord, when our lives are built on You – when You are our model to live our life in fulfilling Your will – when You are our model for life – others can look at us and be inspired to live likewise.
Once more, a wonderful song by Steve Green comes to mind…
Apr 29, Fri, 5:10 am
♪♫♪ Find Us Faithful ♫♪♫
We’re pilgrims on the journey Of the narrow road And those who’ve gone before us line the way Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary Their lives a stirring testament to God’s sustaining grace
Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses Let us run the race not only for the prize But as those who’ve gone before us Let us leave to those behind us The heritage of faithfulness Passed on through godly lives
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful May the fire of our devotion light their way May the footprints that we leave Lead them to believe And the lives we live inspire them to obey Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone And our children sift through all we’ve left behind May the clues that they discover And the memories they uncover Become the light that leads them To the road we each must find
[Repeat Chorus Twice]
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
Words and Music by Jon Mohr Copyright 1988 Birdwing Music/Jonathan Mark Music (admin. By The Sparrow Corp.) All Rights Reserved. International Copyright secured. – See more at: http://stevegreenministries.org/product/find-us-faithful-3/#sthash.MXePcPcX.dpuf
The New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible says, “This quality of integrity comes from careful Bible Study and listening before speaking.”
Quoting a key character in the latter days of Your life here on earth, Lord, “What is truth?” (John 18:37-38)
Lord, “truth” is surely a divisive concept. Some of us run from it! Some run to it. Many have spent lifetimes in trying to disprove and/or prove it. The reality, whether we choose to believe or not is proclaimed in Your Word as recorded in John 14:6. You yourself said,“I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life.”
So when we“teach the truth…” we are teaching of You. When we answer the question “What is truth?” the answer is You.
Lord, as I strive to “teach the truth”from the pulpit and in my daily life I truly must immerse myself in reading and studying Your Word – the Bible – and I must spend quality time with You so I may be so accustomed to Your voice that I will hear You speak before I do. Help me to perceive the world as You do so that I may impact it for You.
Thank You, Father, for the encouragement to refocus. Our time together is too crucial for me to be hit and miss about it. I pray that all of my days will be impacted by the time we spend alone together each morning.
Every one of us, Lord, has a responsibility – each of us must be attentive to receiving and /or giving examples of godly living.
Growing up I don’t know if I deliberately examined and followed the guidance and direction of the godly men and women who crossed my path. As I got older, I may have done so but I would say that overall I learned less from what I was told that I should do or not do and way more by the way they lived their lives out before me. Many people from a great cross-section of life impacted me – parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, in-laws, Sunday School teachers, church leaders, youth workers – and the list goes on. So many dear people fleshed out what it meant to be a follower of Christ in the ebb and flow of life.
And even today I still learn but now more and more, I am on the teaching side of things – and this goes way beyond my time behind the pulpit. How I interact with the people in my churches on a personal level and how I work with my leadership teams making decisions for the churches. But I also find myself purposely saying and doing things that will convey my commitment to Christ in my work at Kohl’s. Each day I interact with associates and customers – some who I know well, others who I will never see again – and I am responsible to live before them all a godly life – one of integrity and compassion – a life that shows one and all Whom I belong to and Whom I follow. Lord, help me to conscientiously follow Your lead – to boldly live my life, to be transparent, to love others as You love me.