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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

Simple Yes or No

Once again, Father, thank You for waking me. Thank You for enabling me to wrap up some things for church tomorrow. May this day be full of Your blessings. May every word and step be guided by You. Amen

James 5:12 (<<click here)

“…a simple yes or no…”

Lord, I like what my study Bible* has to say about this verse – it’s very much to the point.

A person with a reputation for exaggeration or lying often can’t get anyone to believe him on his word alone. Christians should never become like that. Always be honest so that others will believe your simple yes or no. By avoiding lies, half-truths, and omissions of the truth you will become known a trust-worthy person.

I can’t remember specifics but honesty was one of those things that was driven into my mindset very early on. To this day I couldn’t lie to save myself. I’m not the best front man for getting people to surprise parties, to say the least. I am just not good at contriving a story line that is not truthful – no matter how innocent.

Of course, growing up adds all kinds of complications. And working with people adds even more. Balancing love and truth can be a challenge. But experience has taught me that tough love is sometimes what is most needed.

Lord, You lived out tough love. You were always straightforward but loving when You dealt with sinners – the woman at the well, the rich young ruler, and the woman caught in adultery all come to mind. May I follow Your example every day. Amen.

Oct 8th, Sat, 7:33 am

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

My Daddy

What a child I am at times, Father. I’ve been up now for over an hour and have not accomplished much at all. I’ve been in the recliner; I’ve been on the floor. I’ve run to the bathroom. I’ve played with my phone. I’ve done everything but what I should be doing! Father, thank You for Your love and patience. Help me Holy Spirit to get to the task at hand. Amen.

Lord, I am truly grateful that You are strong and mighty, that You are a powerful warrior against evil, that You are what tough love is all about, that You are a rock. I am grateful that You fulfill the role of Provider and Savior – that You take care of all the responsible, adult stuff – the serious, important, got to do stuff.

In my mind’s eye, I see You as the patriarch of the family – taking care of everything that needs to be taken care of. You are my Father. I don’t totally understand all You do – all the detail and complications of Your work. You’re the great Doctor of body and soul. You’re the great Keeper of the Peace, defending the needy, upholding the Law. You’re the great Engineer of Creation, keeping all the detailed intricacy of life in working order. You are the Great Educator, helping us to understand what it means to live this life and how to get through it. You’re my Father and I know You do important things. And I love You for that.

But You’re my Daddy, too. Sometimes I forget this wonderful aspect of who You are. With all the big, bad things, all the really important things that need to be dealt with in this world, the Daddy part of our relationship gets pushed out of the way. But it’s me that does it – not You.

Even with all the big things going on, You love me. You want to spend time with me. You want to invest in me, dote on me, lavish upon me the beauty of Your creation. You love me!

I may act like a child but You know where I need to grow up and You know where I need to remain a child. You realize that sometimes we “grow up” too much, that child-like faith is important – that dependence upon You is important. You, more than anyone, knows that I need to crawl up on Your lap, be enfolded in Your arms and just sit.

Lord, may it be so.

July 20th, Wed, 6:58 am

Poke the Bear?

Good morning, Father. Thank You for answered prayers; for getting us here safely. I am so grateful for opportunities to be with family and to meet new people. Please bless this day as we gather to worship You. Be with Eric as he stands before the churches You have given me. Bless him; bless them. May we all be challenged and fed.

2 Thessalonians 1:1-10 (<< click here)

As I begin this epistle, Lord, I see another aspect of Paul’s personality. It’s easy to think of Paul as a “tough- love” kind of guy. He was a great leader and by no means did he shy away from dealing with difficult issues or situations. You chose him because of those traits buy You also chose him because he so personified Your love – he fleshed it out. He loved the church in Thessalonica but he had to deal with some thorny issues. His love didn’t make him hesitant to correct them and their deviation from the acceptable didn’t make him hesitant to love them. Getting to the point- he was You to them!

Lord, I would ask that You would enable me to be that kind of leader – for that matter, that those traits would emanate from me as a follower as well. It’s easy to want to avoid difficult situations (and people) and sometimes “poking the bear” isn’t the best course of action but sometimes in order to move forward things have to be addressed. Help me to know the difference. And regardless of what the response should be help me to respond in Your love. May it be genuine, not self-seeking, or self-preserving. May it be sacrificial if need be. Help me to be a reflection of You.

August 9th, Sun, 6:49 am – TX time 🙂

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