Tag Archives: pride

There To Lift Me Up

Father, I am grateful that my life is in Your hands. Some days go smoothly, some can be a real challenge but it is a great comfort having you by my side all along the way. Help me to use this day in ways that will bring glory to Your name – may my time be used wisely, may my interactions be full of Your love, may my preparations for Sunday be focused and productive. May my eyes be continually on You.

2 Timothy 3:4  (<<click here)

“…pride… pleasure rather than God.”

Lord, the thing that pulls me most away from You is me. In Romans 8:38-39 states “that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.” And the list he provides is surely true. Absolutely nothing… outside of me… can separate me from God’s love. (Though in all truth even if I pull away, God will not stop loving me.) But, Lord, even though I knew better – even though it makes absolutely zero sense – insignificant things of this world lure me from Your side.

The “pleasures” of this world are short-lived, they are in no way sustaining…and many times they are detrimental to me. But when they call to me, I am still drawn to them.

Lord, I am grateful that I am still very much drawn to Your voice. I may stumble. I may even fall but You are there to lift me up. I am grateful, too, that Your presence in my life is so much more prominent that though I may stumble that my falls are much more infrequent and I don’t fall as far or hard. Thank You, for Your patience. Thank You for Your never-ending love. Enable me to persevere. May I remain strong in You – for there is no other way.

Dec 1st, Tues, 6:53 am

I Do What I Want!

I’m having some difficulties this morning, Father, and would ask for Your help. Due to some issues with my glasses my eyes have been strained. They are achy and it is a challenge even to write without my glasses. Please touch my eyes and enable me to get my glasses adjusted. May my time with You be profitable this morning, regardless.

2 Timothy 3:2b (<<click here)

“…boastful and proud, scoffing at God…”

What this communicates to me, Lord, is not so much the idea that we stand defiantly against you in our pride and arrogance but more the idea that we are full of ourselves and think that You are not even worthy of our attention

In the last few days, as I’ve read over this passage, the phrase “disobedient to their parents” has stuck out. I realize that it’s wrong but it seems rather mundane in comparison to “scoffing at God” but when it is put together with “ungrateful” and considering “nothing sacred” it all fits together.

It all begins on the home front. It is foundational that we bring up our children in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord” Ephesians 6:4 KJV. Nurture equals discipline and admonition means a warning of behavior or being open to instruction. This is a very complicated issue but it boils down to the fact that we don’t like being told what to do and that attitude has been passed right along to our children, some even going so far as to feeling it is wrong to make children obey or do things the way we think they should for fear that it may harm or stifle them in some way. But nothing could be farther from the truth. Out of our fear of discipline has come a generation (multiple ones now) of individuals who respect no authority whatsoever – much less You, Lord…and our world is crumbling around us because of it.

Everyone does what they want, when and how they want with relatively few restraints – what a mess! Lord, begin with me – continue to guide and direct me, wash me, instruct me so that I may stand in the strength and wisdom only You can provide and then help me to proclaim You and that mindset to those around me.

Nov 23rd, Mon, 5:35 am

My Choice

Thank You for answered prayers yesterday, Father. We were fretting and we should’ve done more trusting. I would ask that Your hand would be upon me this day. Guide and direct my thoughts and actions, and may they all be pleasing in Your sight. Give me the strength and stamina to accomplish the tasks at hand. Amen.

1 Timothy 2:5-7 (<<click here)

“For there is only one God and Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity – the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life [as a ransom – NIV, NASB] to purchase freedom for everyone.” v5-6a

My, oh my… what a point of contention, not for me but for so many others. Lord, before You even created the world, You knew this was the way it would be. And at the core of this contention is sin – pride – “Nobody is going to tell me what to believe!” Humanity just has to go against the grain.

I’m sure many would accuse me of narrow-mindedness, and God has given every single one of us the free will to decide for ourselves what we will believe. We can even believe that there is no God – it’s our choice. But I choose to believe that Christ Jesus is the only “God and Mediator who can reconcile” me and God. Lord Jesus, You gave Your life “to purchase” my freedom from the sin in which I had become mired. You ransomed me. No one else could do that! I am surely incapable of doing it myself. Life has proven that, I am not strong enough. I am too prone to failure.

So for me, Lord, You alone are the bridge that crosses the great chasm between myself and God. Whether there is a God, or is a chasm is not worth the argument humanity believes, for in the end we all will stand before our Creator to give account of what we did with Christ. We all exert our free will now but at that time that will be our only option.

And before we start crying “foul!” we must realize that this “ransom” is a gift – no one makes anyone take it. Every one of us has the choice to accept it…or reject it. But the ramifications of our choice will have eternal consequences.

Lord, thank You for this indescribable gift! May my life reflect that gratitude and may I be diligent in sharing Your gift with others.

September 1, Tues, 6:58 am

Father and Son (and Mom, too!)

River Walk

Father, today is a new day, the beginning of a new week. Thank You so much for being with us in worship yesterday. We dealt with some challenging topics but I am grateful that You were there to guide and direct. Indeed Your “loving kindnesses… never cease” …Your “compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23) We, all of humanity, are so blessed. We dishonor and disobey You but You continue to love us and to show compassions towards us…You alone are faithful. Praise Your name!

Colossians 3:20-21 (<<click here)

Lord, looking back over the last 20+ years of my life make me wonder how kids turn out as good as they do and helps me to better understand why some struggle so. You gave us a wonderful gift almost 23 years ago when Massey was born. We have shared many wonderful things together and we are truly blessed to have walked this journey together. He is by no means perfect but I would say that he has fulfilled Your command to be obedient – honoring his mother and I.

I readily admit that I am by no means perfect. Parenting is a very complicated task. I have not always acted wisely but You have patiently worked with me, too. As a young father I recall leaning toward that “aggravating” side of this much too frequently The pride of my youth played way too big a role in the kind of father I was and for good or bad, part of who Massey is, is forever cast.

But Lord again I am so grateful that you got it through my thick skull to get off that destructive path. When he was in his early teens my whole mind set changed. I came to realize that some of the things I had in my mind as important, simply put, were not important. Lord, You enabled me to become a better father. Again, I was far from perfect, but You helped me to pause and think through so many things before I acted. Your love helped guide my love.

My role as Massey’s father continues to change as he continues to transition into new areas of life. We are both learning and growing and I am so grateful that You have given me the privilege, Lord, of helping me to raise this young man, helping him to become the fine individual he is today.

I would again ask that You would continue to guide and direct us both as we stride into the future. Help he and I to love each other and those around us with the same fierce love with which You have loved us.

June 29th, Mon, 5:37 am

Flavor My Actions

Good morning, Father! Thank you for yesterday and Your many blessings – a good day of work, bringing Massey safely home, an enjoyable trip to Rachel’s grad party and a good evening with family. Thank You for today, looking forward to what You have in store – Your presence in worship and whatever our other endeavors might be. And thank You for now – I am so grateful we have this time together!

Philippians 4:2-5 (<<click here)

My study Bible* defines being considerate as being “reasonable, fair-minded and charitable.” Paul calls us to “let everyone see that [we] do.” v5 It really boils down to thinking of others before ourselves. Lord, help me to impact the world around me by thinking of those around me instead of myself – and that includes family and friends, coworkers and total strangers. Lord, I feel that my personality has a leaning towards this mindset – though I am sure selfish pride works its way in way to often! Please help consideration to become a bigger part of my life. And I would humbly ask that You would be at the center of each act – that You “flavor” my actions so others would clearly get a “taste” of You each time and that they would know that You are working through me – for “You are near.”

May 31st, Sun, 6:17 am

*New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible