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Practice Makes Perfect

Thank You, Father, for a good day yesterday and a good night’s rest. Another week begins and I am grateful that You walk beside me. Guide all I say and do for Your glory. Amen.

1 John 4:13-21 (<<click here)

The Apostle John is all about love. His Gospel and his Epistles (letters) consistently drive that point. And, Lord, he is fulfilling the greatest commandment as You declared in Matthew 22:36-40,

“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”

And the second greatest,

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

That is a tall order, for sure. To love You with the entirety of our being and to love others as much as we love our own life. It can be overwhelming but this is one of the many wonderful things about our relationship with You, Lord. You’re patient (long-suffering!) and You love us so!

John’s statement here in verse 17 is so encouraging.

“…as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.”

As we live daily under Your guidance and direction our love for You, and others, “grows more perfect.” Practice makes perfect. The more I am loved, the more I love and the more I love, the more love becomes a part of me.

Lord, may this be my life! Amen!

May 15th, Mon, 6:27 am

I Refuse to Blame God

Though last night was a little rough, Father, I was grateful that You were by my side. It is reassuring to have You in my thoughts at any time, day or night. I am glad You are my comforter.

In the past twelve days, four men in my life have died – three from my churches and one from my family. On top of that, I have two uncles recovering from strokes. It has been difficult, but one thing I refuse to do is to blame God for it.

If anything sin is to blame. God created us and this world to be perfect, clean, and holy. And we soiled this holy perfection by inviting sin into the picture. We can’t just blame Adam either. Throughout the thousands of years of man’s existence, all of humanity – men, women, boys and girls – we have all perpetuated sin in each of our lives. Sin is at the core of all of our heartache and disease.

Personally, we should be grateful towards God. How many prayers have been answered that have prolonged life giving us another day…another month…another year? How many minds has God gifted with the ability to think through seemingly insurmountable problems of disease and illness? Medical advancements in my lifetime alone are absolutely amazing!

How many times has everything lined up in such a way that at just the right time physical maladies have intersected with just the right professional who was able to put all the pieces together to find an answer? That is not coincidence – that is providence! It is God’s intervention!

God does love us! He does care! In the midst of the awful storms of life, God is there! He is the rock upon which we can build our lives. And even when our lives come to an end, He is still there. If we have given our lives over to Him, death is not the victor! He has overcome death and we can step across that cold threshold into His loving presence for all of eternity. No more pain. No more tears. No more sorrow. Only everlasting love and joy! Amen!

Apr 26th, Wed, 8:50 am

Ready

I love being here with You, Father, in the quiet of the morning. My day has not crowded in. it is fresh and clean as it lies before me. Let us walk this day together hand in Yours. Amen.

1 John 3:2-3 (<<click here)

As a whole, family gatherings are joyous occasions. But they don’t just happen. There is a lot of time and attention that go into preparing for the big day, especially if you’re hosting the event – vacuuming, dusting, cleaning, baking, cooking, ironing, decorating – everything in its place and as perfect as it can be. Then when our guests arrive there are lots of smiles and hugs and kisses and laughter all around. Getting ready for it all was a lot of hard work but it is so worth it!

We don’t know when it will happen, Lord, but You are coming. And this time it’s not to stay with us but to take us home with You! Everything will be in its place and it will be perfect… period! You will have everything ready for us but we have a responsibility, too. We must be ready for You!

As John admonishes us,

“And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he [Christ] is pure.”

Your Holy Spirit, Lord, helps us prepare for our meeting. Keeping ourselves pure is surely not an easy task but with Your help, we can do it. It’s a lot of hard work but it will be so worth it!

Lord, may I be eager to keep myself pure, for our meeting day is getting closer every day!

Apr 25th, Tues, 6:33 am

Repentance

Father, I am grateful that You are there, in the good and the bad times. Even when I am foolish, You never give up on me. Thank You for Your forgiveness and love. Amen.

1 John 1:8-10 (<<click here)

Lord, I must address this particular passage again. I am telling You nothing new when I admit to not being perfect. There is not a single person who has ever walked this planet (with the exception of Yourself) who was perfect. We say things and think things and do things that are not in Your will for us to say, think and do. Sometimes they are mistakes and other times temptation overwhelms us and we yield instead of standing strong in You.

It may be foolish to allow ourselves to fall but it is more foolish still to avoid confessing our sin and pretending that You didn’t notice…for You see it all. “If we claim to have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves…”

We may be unfaithful but I am grateful that You are “faithful” and also that You too are “just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse up from all wickedness.”

We must never let anyone tell us that we have crossed that line one too many times. You are always there to forgive us. Obviously, the goal is to not sin and to not just do so with the idea that You’ll forgive us anyway but may we never hesitate to admit our failure and come to You in true humility and repentance.

Also, Lord, help us to be fully aware that absolutely no one, no matter who they are, is incapable of sinning. We have this great tendency to place people on pedestals. Only You, Lord, should be held in that high regard. We are fallible. You alone are infallible.

You, Lord, are worthy of our adoration for You are our creator and savior. We would be lost without You. All praise to You!

Mar 31st, Fri, 5:19 am

Be Holy? You Betcha!

It’s been too long since I’ve come to sit with You, Father. I didn’t realize until just now that’s it’s been 4 days! I was thinking it had only been a couple! I’m sorry…I’m here to learn. Help me to listen.

1 Peter 1:13-16 (<<click here)

Lord, You have set the bar pretty high. Peter admonishes us to “prepare your minds for action,” so that’s where we begin. Living “as God’s obedient children” is challenging enough but being holy “in everything, I do, just as God who chose me is holy” – now that’s huge!

A couple of points come to mind. First of all, Lord, You want us to succeed. You would never set us up to fail. It’s not an easy task be we can do it. Of course, a big thing is we aren’t meant to do it by ourselves – You are there all along the way. You are there to teach and correct and encourages us all along the way. You strengthen and empower us.

Then Peter exclaims that Scripture commands us to “be holy because You are holy.” Lord, You yourself commanded us to “be perfect, as our heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48

Many at this point would cry out, “Why even try?” It’s a lost cause! I’m sure not perfect much less holy! But we can’t give up. There are things for which we strive.

Think of all the musicians and athletes out there. Their goal is to be the very best they can be. Sometimes they are spot on. Their performance is flawless; they pull off world record breaking feats. Other times it’s back to the basics because it’s just not happening. But when they falter, do they quit? No! They push on!

We must do the same spiritually! We will make mistakes! We will sin! And total holiness and perfection will only become a reality when we join You in eternity. But one must strain and push ourselves to attain the goals You’ve set for us for it is so worth it not just for eternity but for here and now, as well.

Oct 28th, Fri, 6:15 am