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Life on a Stationary Bike

I’ve needed to get back into my routine, Father, so here I am. I am up earlier than I have been recently. I’ve already taken care of couple early morning things and now it is time to give my full attention to You. Father, I would ask that You would enable me to once again get into the habit of this early morning practice. Amen.

As I sit here praying, I cannot help but hear the traffic as it zooms by the house. Many people, already at it earlier than I, are hustling to whatever they must do at this wee hour of the morning. And, of all things, an old song came to mind. Diana Ross sang this as the theme to the 1975 movie Mahogany. The opening lyrics are what came to mind.

Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you?
Where are you going to?
Do you know?

Our world never seems to slow down much less stop. School, jobs, responsibilities, sports, kids – the list goes on and on and on. Even when we “retire”, as I’ve heard many say, it seems to get even worse! We may be constantly on the go but “Where are you going to? Do you know?” Quite often life just feels like we are pedaling madly on a stationary bike. We’re wearing ourselves out but getting absolutely nowhere.

A big part of our problem is that we are not going the right direction or maybe it would be better to say that we’re not going for the right reason.

Lord, as You were preparing Your disciples for Your departure, You said that You were “going to prepare a place for [us]” and that “when everything [was] ready, [You would] come and get [us}”. You want us with You! You concluded by saying, “And you know the way to where I am going.”

The Apostle Thomas was quick to reply, “No, we don’t know, Lord…we have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

And this is the part so many of us miss, or forget…or ignore,

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:1-6 (<<click the green)

Lord, only by knowing You can we know where we’re going to. No more guessing, no more hoping in vain that we can get it right. Finally, we can get off that stationary bike for You are our destination. Help us to stay the path. Amen.

Aug 25th, Fri, 6:14 am

Truth

I’ve had lots of distractions this morning, Father. Help me to get my mind and heart set aright on You. We both know this time sets my day on the right course. Amen.

2 John 1-13 (<<click here)

Truth. It is important to all of us on a deeply personal basis. We demand it in our relationships – parents, children, work associates, etc. and in our society – community leaders, teachers, law enforcement, government leaders, and agencies. But, Lord, when it comes right down to it, many, if they feel they can get away with it are not truthful. Many shy away from the light of accountability.

Absolute truth. Many deny its existence. “That may be true for you but it’s not true for me.” No matter how we try and twist it – truth is truth. We try to deny the reality of who You are Lord but our denial cannot change the reality. Many attempt to refute the truth held within Your commands. We want to pick and choose what we hold to be true. We, even with our free will, do not hold the final say. We will foolishly hold to what we believe and may die doing so. But the day on which we all stand before You –truth will be told and there will be no denying it.

Lord, help me to seek and know the truth as found only in You. May I reject any variations. May I, moment by moment, walk closely by Your side. This is the only way I will know the truth – filtering it all through You. Amen.

May 24th, Wed, 9:18 am

Still Listening

Thank You so much for being with us yesterday, Father. Your comforting presence made all the difference at the funeral, graveside service and the meal and fellowship afterward. I would pray that Your love would permeate the hearts and minds of all present – both Your followers and those who have yet chosen to do so. Amen

In my praying this morning, Lord, You have led me back to a journal entry from October 2015. I believe it bears repeating for it is still my prayer today. (Oh, and this is still the best picture!)

As I sit here in contemplation, young Samuel’s response comes to mind as he answered Your call, Lord, in the Israelite tabernacle of old. “Speak, your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10 Help me to be receptive to Your call on me this day. I, Your servant, am listening.

It’s hard to wrap my mind around it but I cling to the fact that You chose and loved me even before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4) And You chose me to be holy and blameless. You saved me not because I deserved it but to make Your grace known. You “broke the power of death and illuminated the way of life and immortality through the Good News.” 2 Timothy 1:10

We like to think that we got to where we are all on our own but there is no truth in that. At least in our culture, it’s all about “me”. “I” got me to where I am, “I” don’t need anyone else. Me, myself and I will get through just fine. But if we really, down deep, look at it, we realize it’s the farthest thing from the truth.

My only means of fulfillment on this speck of dust in the universe, my only means of security in the fact that there is life beyond the threshold of death, is found solely in You. Because of Your unfathomable sacrifice, I have true life, now and for all eternity.

Lord, You love me and You have my best interests in mind. Help me, every moment of every day, to strive for holiness – to become more like You with every breath I take. Fill me with Your presence. Use me to shine Your light into the darkness of this world. May I be attentive to You. “Speak, your servant is listening.”

Oct 23rd, 2015, Fri, 6:42 am

Apr 30th, 2017, Sun, 6:09 am

He’s Coming!

Father, it was a bit of a restless night with the scent of a skunk foraging around the house but I am here. Help me to focus on You and what You have me learn today. Amen.

2 Peter 3:1-18 (<<click here)

Roughly 2000 years ago, Lord, while living here amongst us, You spoke of Your eminent return. That has been quite a while, but the length of time that has passed or that has yet to pass, has no bearing on its truth or validity. People like to argue that there is nothing to Your promise because it was made so long ago. They could not be more wrong. You are coming back when You decide to return. Our timetable is not Your timetable. For as Peter admonishes us to not forget that “a day is like a thousand years [to You], Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.”

Lord, You are not slow or hesitant – You are patient – You are long-suffering…and it is for our sake. “[You do] not want anyone to be destroyed but [You want} everyone to repent.” You yourself said, “For this is how God love the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

This past Sunday at church Daniel and Renita Koehn ministered to my joint congregations through music and Daniel dramatically delivered chapters 12-17 of the Gospel of John. After the service one of our young ladies came and asked me about John 12:25, as to what it meant,

“Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.”

Absolutely nothing we accumulate here of a physical nature will remain. As the old adage goes, we can’t take it with us. Peter emphasizes that everything on this earth will pass through the fires of judgment – it will all be destroyed. Only our souls and the things of the heart we have stored up will continue to exist.

I told this sweet young lady that when we lose a loved one that everything physical about it will one day be gone and that all that will remain will be our love and memories of them. Only what we do for Christ will remain. Lord, help me to live out Peter’s admonition.

“And so, dear friends, while You are waiting for those things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives than are pure and blameless in his sight.” v.14

Amen. So be it.

Mar 21st, Tues, 6:26 am

The Importance of His Word

Father, I may have a general idea of what this day may hold but only You know the specifics. Whatever this day brings may I follow Your lead. May the relationship I have with You show through and may those around me know I am Yours. Amen.

2 Peter 1:16-21 (<<click here)

The Bible…Scripture…Your Holy Word. Lord, has there ever been a time when it has not been a point of contention? There have been so many attempts to discredit it from so many angles. It is not a collection of “clever stories.” It is not a bunch of fables and fairytales. For many, because they feel that parts are unbelievable they discard the entirety as unreliable. Others instead just pick and choose what the will or will not believe and adhere to.

I myself believe in You with all my being and so believe what You have said with the same fervency. Peter very strongly asserts that Your word is undeniable. He experienced You, Lord, first hand and with Peter and James on the mountain heard the Father’s voice proclaim, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” (Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35) He goes on to assert, “Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets.” 2 Peter 1:19a

Your words, Lord, “are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until”…You “the Morning Star shines in [our] hearts.” And Scripture is very clear that we “must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.” vs.19b-21

I love how you bring so many things together to show me the truth of who You are. In my reading of my devotional Our Daily Bread for this day, the closing Insight for this day had this to say,

The truth of God’s intimate care for us is grounded in God’s self-revelation, the Bible. In the Discovery Series booklet, How Can I Know God through His Book? David Egner writes, “Although the Bible was written by men like Moses and Luke and Paul, it is the self-revelation of God. He is the Author behind the authors. And what He says reflects who He is. To know God we have to read His book;…to see Him on every page, above every event, in every place and circumstance, and overseeing the choice of every person who makes his way into the sacred pages of biblical history.”

Lord, may I cherish and honor Your word and live out its precepts every day. Amen

Mar 15th, Wed, 6:57 am