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Give It Your All

Father, the train is slow leaving the station this morning! Help me to get “a ‘rollin’”. I am eager to hear what You want to share with me.

2 Peter 1:1-2 (<<click here)

“May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.”

One of the most important things we can do as followers of You, Lord, is to spend time – quality time – with You. We want all the benefits and privileges of our relationship with You but too often we balk at investing time and effort in getting to know You better.

So many examples in life come to mind in relation to this mindset. We want the income and perks of a good job but we don’t want to do what it takes to do the job well – we scrimp and short change our employer and try to get by with as little investment on our part as possible.

In so many of today’s relationships with the opposite sex, we want all of the benefits of an intimate relationship but we avoid commitment. So many build on unstable foundations because we want all the “good stuff” up front and forgo the love and dedication it takes to make a long lasting allegiance.

Lord, I am sure that there are some in my congregation who wish I would back off on my constant call for them to set aside time to read Your Word and speak with You and listen to You each and every day… but it is vital that we do so!

If we want to receive “more and more grace and peace” from Your bountiful supply we must grow in [our] knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.”

Lord, may we all have an unquenchable desire to know You more. Take our relationship to new depths. Amen

Feb. 27th, Mon., 6:30 am

A Man After God’s Own Heart

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Father, I am trusting that it was You that got me up an hour earlier than the usual. I went back to bed at first but the more I lied there the more I felt You were calling me to join You. I knew it wasn’t the enemy waking me – he surely doesn’t want us spending time together! So here we are. What would You say to me today, for I am here to listen.

As I sit here rocking in the recliner, Lord, I just can’t stop thinking about where I found myself last night. Karen and I both love our family very much, so we went to support Karen’s cousin’s family at a memorial service for a brother-in-law… Rob is his name. He was just a few months younger than me and he had lost a hard fought battle with cancer.

I had met him and knew who he was but I didn’t really know him. But last night’s service sure opened my eyes. Beyond any doubt, Rob was a brother in Christ. Many shared of his devotion to You, Lord – of his determination to proclaim You to a world who so desperately needed to know. He held nothing back in his investment in the kingdom – wonderful stories of changed lives. He lived out Your call on his life.

But one thing that must be stressed is that Rob was, by no means, a cookie cutter Christian. From a distance “typical” Christians would have had no idea that he lived his life for You – not because he didn’t live out his love for You but because he was not your “stereotypical” Christian. He was a biker through and through, long hair pulled back in a ponytail, mechanic, leather wearing, hard as nails kind of guy. The kind of guy some would have been scared to death to run into in a dark alley…until they got to know him. Rob wasn’t perfect – none of us are. But many years ago God broke though and found a “man after my own heart…” and most importantly Rob fleshed out the rest of Acts 13:22, too, “he will do everything I want him to do.”

He may have been unconventional but he was the real deal. There was no pretense – no façade – what You saw was what you got. One (of several) pastors that shared last night said something to the effect that in living out his life for Christ Rob didn’t strive to be like other Christians – his hard pressed goal was to be like Christ. And even beyond what family and friends closest to him knew, those whose lives touched Rob Barclay’s knew the love and devotion of a man after God’s own heart. May we all have no less of a goal.

Feb 8th, Mon, 5:21 am

Hold Nothing Back

Father, there’s something special about this time of the day. The only thing my senses pick up is the muffled sound of vehicles zooming by. But in here it is quiet and peaceful, my day has only begun. And there is no better way to start my day than with You. In the quiet of this time may I hear Your still, small voice and may it set the tone for the day.

2 Timothy 2:3-7 (<<click here)

Lord, reading this brief passage has my mind going all kinds of directions. Help me to focus on what You want me to see and then please enable me to apply it to my life.

Fulfilling Your call on my life, Lord, is a worthy task. But though it is worthy, it does not mean that it will be easily attained. It doesn’t just happen. It’s not easy. Following You requires a solid determination. It will take daily focus and application .Living a life worthy of Your call, no goal is higher.

Paul’s examples of a soldier, an athlete and a farmer all point to individuals with high expectations. To achieve their goals means lots of hard work, discipline and self-sacrifice. Each of them must be all in – partial commitment won’t cut it! If I am to be an ambassador of the Good News I have to be all in or I won’t really be affective. I can say I follow You but until I totally invest myself in accomplishing that goal I will have little impact.

One of my struggles through life is seeing what You do with what I invest with my life. You can take a little and multiply it exponentially!

And there lies my struggle – quite often, even though I want my investment to be large it is small. I start off big and fizzle out way too early. What would it look like if I gave every bit of myself and stayed the course? What would You be able to do with that?

Lord, help me to be what I am capable of being! No more excuses! Empower me! Embolden me! Help me to give it my all and to hold nothing back!

Nov 4th, Wed, 5:46 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