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Don’t Wait! Do It Now!

Oh my, Father, what an absolutely beautiful day! A warm bright sun… still some color on the trees…thank You, Father for the gift of Your majesty!

Matthew 5:25-26 (<<click the green)

I’ve been trying to break an old habit. In order to keep relatively even wear on the slacks I wear to work I rotate them but the old habit I had was not hanging them up right away when I took them off. For years I would lay them down nicely, first one pair, then another, then another. Quite often I wouldn’t hang up them up until the next rotation started. Bad, bad habit!

But I must say that for the most part that habit has been replaced! I am now a regular hang ‘em up guy! I also put my shoes back into my closet daily and I keep the top of my dresser clear of clutter! Yay! (Karen appreciates it, too!)

It is much easier to deal with things when they are little before they start getting bigger and out of control. In today’s mini-parable, Lord, Your advice is to take care of things before they get any bigger, if not, they can get out of control quickly – with tragic results. My study Bible* states,

‘In Jesus’ day, someone who couldn’t pay a debt was thrown into prison until the debt was paid. Unless someone came to pay the debt for the prisoner, he or she would probably die there.”

Way too often we are too embarrassed or stubborn or maybe even apathetic, to deal with confrontational things when they are small. It just seems easier to avoid them altogether. But, Lord, Your way is based on love. And love wants to address things right away – to make amends while things are easier to mend. Following Your way keeps things moving along. May we make a habit of fulfilling Your will here on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

Nov 8th, Wed, 10:49 am

“No” To the Little Things

What would I do, Father, if You were not with me every moment of the day? Sin is an ever-present danger. Without You, I wouldn’t stand a chance. Time after time, only because of You, I have stood against the onslaught. On occasion, I linger just a little too long and get burnt. But You help me to turn, I listen to Your admonishment and my life has meaning. I do not fall. You salve my burns and I carry on. I cherish Your love and patience. Your mercy and grace are humbling. In and through You, my life has meaning. Only in You can I experience the victory of overcoming.

Lord Jesus, I know that sin is sin and that I cannot rank them, there are not “almost OK” sins and “really bad” sins. They all separate us from You. I have experienced “crash and burn” sins in my life more often than I care to remember and I am so grateful that those have been far less frequent in my life over the last several months.

My battles these days seem to move in the realm of saying “no” to the little things. Again sin is sin but quite often a temptation presents itself – it’s not some huge thing that can easily be stood against and avoided. But many times it’s a fleeting thought or a simple glance or an enticing tidbit to my ears. If I dwell just a little too long, I am that much further down the trail, that much closer to yielding – I start to rationalize that it’s not that big of a deal.

But it is a big deal! A breached dam usually begins with a trickle. Every “little” thing needs to be stopped in its tracks. I am weak and fallible but thankfully You are strong and stalwart and You choose to be with me! Help me to listen. Help me to always be aware that you are always there. As long as, I live my life in You – we got this!

Aug 30th, Tue, 6:36 am

You Can’t Take It with You

Father, as this day begins my thoughts go towards what it will entail. First, I know I will be a part of two wonderful groups of people. I pray that we will truly worship You in Spirit and truth. May we come together with the expectation of coming into Your presence and eagerly learning from You and being determined to apply what we have learned to our lives. Secondly, Father I would ask that You would be with me and Karen in whatever we decide to do. Help us to cherish our time together and to love each other more and more.

1 Timothy 6:6-10 (<<click here)

One of the most alluring things (and quite often one of the most elusive) in life is wealth. Some are content with little; others are not content with much. Our culture has an insatiable desire for “stuff” and to get it they must have wealth – and many pursue the acquisition of said wealth by whatever means necessary.

Lord, it’s a struggle! We all want our needs met but where do we draw the line? How much is enough? When does our “enough” cross the line over to too much? Lord, help me to find contentment with what I have. Help me to be wise in how I use what You have given me, so my needs will be met and that I can give to others in need, as well. Help me to control the wealth in my life and for it not to control me. Help me to obsess over what is truly important – my relationship with You and how that in turn impacts my relationship with others. Then may I not obsess over what is “here today and gone tomorrow.” “After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it” v.7

Sept 27th, Sun, 6:26 am