Tag Archives: timid

Tough Love

Father, I need Your help this morning. Things in life are crowding into my mind. Help me to give them over to You. My rehashing over them is accomplishing nothing. This is our time. Lead me down the paths You would have me go.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 (<<click here)

Lord, this verse truly shows Paul to be a proponent of tough love. In my mind’s eye, I see him as a tough nut, not one to put up with much foolishness but also one who literally give you the robe of his back. He was a man of great love but also one who would not back down on the truth. Of course, he was just as human as I am but he truly strove to be like You in all he did.

Lord, help me, too, to be like You in all I do! This verse pulls out one small snippet of life but shows clearly how we must respond to life. Life is all about discerning situations, responding in love and patience, for myself and others to do the very best we can, even if there is some pushing involved.

Way too often we go the easiest route. We don’t warn the lazy – it’s easier to complain behind their back. It’s just too much work to change them. But if that is our response, nothing improves. Things don’t get done. We are frustrated. We think poorly of others and tear them down. Warnings with patience! Love is best.

Sometimes we respond the same way to those who are timid, though their lack of activity may be due to shyness or fear of doing something wrong. Again encouraging them with love and patience will move everyone farther down the desired path.

The path of least resistance may be easy, but unfortunately, it doesn’t really get us anywhere. Tasks don’t get done with efficiency but more importantly, we miss opportunities to love and lift each other up.

Lord, help me to invest in people with love and patience.

July 30th, 2015, Thurs, 7:46 am

People Need the Lord

Oh my goodness, Father, help me corral my thoughts this morning! My eyes want to close and my brain wants to run full speed ahead. Bend my will to You, Father. Use this time to impact my thoughts and actions today and in the days to come.

Titus 2:11-15 (<<click here)

I’ve sat here for an hour now and have written very little. I’ve been grappling with this passage while at the same time grappling with my own foggy mindset. I know that there is truth to be had but due to my own issues it has been difficult to grasp.

How many people in this world continually find themselves in this situation? Lord, Your grace “has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.” And we are called to “turn from a godless living and sinful pleasures.” But everything seems so hazy – so unclear… Many have an idea floating around that there has to be more to life than what they’ve experienced. Many have even had some contact with “religion” but they, for whatever reason never had any direct contact with You, lord. For that matter they may never had and direct “spiritual” contact with any of Your followers.

We are timid. We are fearful. We are uncertain. We many times are just oblivious or distracted or…God forgive us – apathetic… But really we have absolutely no excuse. We have had direct contact with You and we have been changed. We are no longer lost…but found. We are no longer forlorn…but filled with hope!

Lord, open our eyes. Help us to see with Your heart. Burden us with an overwhelming necessity to act, to speak, to love! Over 30 years ago Steve Green shared a song that ties in perfectly here, it is entitled “People Need the Lord.” Jesus, may I take what it has to say to heart.

Jan 30th, Sat, 6:43 am

♪♫♪ People Need the Lord ♫♪♫

Everyday they pass me by,
I can see it in their eyes.
Empty people filled with care,
Headed who knows where?

On they go through private pain,
Living fear to fear.
Laughter hides their silent cries,
Only Jesus hears.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open door.
People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
When will we realize, people need the Lord?

We are called to take His light
To a world where wrong seems right.
What could be too great a cost
For sharing Life with one who’s lost?

Through His love our hearts can feel
All the grief they bear.
They must hear the Words of Life
Only we can share.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord
At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open door.
People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
When will we realize that we must give our lives,
For people need the Lord.

People need the Lord.

Fan into Flames

Father, I have a full day ahead of me and I lay it in Your hands. Help me to focus on what is truly important and to apply myself to accomplish the tasks at hand. Direct my thoughts, helping me to keep them in line with Your thoughts. As I prepare for worship this Sunday, help me to listen to where You would have me go. I am Your instrument – use me as You will. Amen.

2 Timothy 1:6-7 (<<click here)

Oh, Lord, You have given me specific spiritual gifts, talents and abilities uniquely blended just for me. Others may have similar gifts but none are just like mine. Help me, this day, to use them effectively. As Paul says may I continue to “fan into flames” those gifts. May I never let them grow cold from lack of use. May they glow with warmth that draws others to You from the chilly, and sometimes out right cold, world in which we find ourselves.

And, Lord, I would also pray that You would embolden me. You have not given me a “spirit of fear and timidity.” But You have given me “power” to accomplish whatever task is before me if it is routine or formidable. You’ve given us a spirit of “love” so that how we discharge our duties are flavored differently than the world. The “salt” we apply takes the blandness of life away and fills it with flavor. Then lastly, Lord, as You have already bent my mind to in my opening prayer, may the spirit of “self- discipline” make my work profitable for You and Your glory. Use me to impact the world for You!

Oct 15th, Thurs, 7:31 am

Tough Love

Father, I need Your help this morning. Things in life are crowding into my mind. Help me to give them over to You. My rehashing over them is accomplishing nothing. This is our time. Lead me down the paths You would have me go.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 (<<click here)

Lord, this verse truly shows Paul to be a proponent of tough love. In my mind’s eye I see him as a tough nut, not one to put up with much foolishness but also one who literally give you the robe of his back. He was a man of great love but also one who would not back down on the truth. Of course, he was just as human as I am but he truly strove to be like You in all he did.

Lord, help me, too, to be like You in all I do! This verse pulls out one small snippet of life but shows clearly how we must respond to life. Life is all about discerning situations, responding in love and patience, for myself and others to do the very best we can, even if there is some pushing involved.

Way too often we go the easiest route. We don’t warn the lazy – it’s easier to complain behind their back. It’s just too much work to change them. But if that is our response, nothing improves. Things don’t get done. We are frustrated. We think poorly of others and tear them down. Warnings with patience! Love is best.

Sometimes we respond the same way to those who are timid, though their lack of activity may be due to shyness or fear of doing something wrong. Again encouraging them with love and patience will move everyone farther down the desired path.

The path of least resistance may be easy, but unfortunately it doesn’t really get us anywhere. Tasks don’t get done with efficiency but more importantly we miss opportunities to love and lift each other up.

Lord, help me to invest in people with love and patience.

July 30th, Thurs, 7:46 am