A prayer for the morning…
Lord give me a patient heart and mind, fill me with your loving Spirit. May my words be sprinkled with your grace, my actions reflect your mind, and may my thoughts be pure.
Help me to lay aside that which snares and entangles the heart, and what I put down help me not pick back up again…
Be my vision and bring your peace. Amen
These words came to mind this morning…
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, (Galatians 6:4)
I learned a long time ago that much of our effort goes unnoticed in the eyes of many. But I have also learned that this is not necessarily a bad thing because behind the scenes work is necessary in so many vocations.
In the work I have done over the years I’ve tried my best to do what I do to the best of my ability whether anyone else knew or not, and I know a lot of other people with the same attitude. The result is that we can know that we’ve done our best, as the Apostle Paul says, we’ve tested our thoughts and actions and have adjusted our lives under those guidelines instead of making comparisons with other people.
Perfection comes from the honesty of doing our best before God, not just doing enough to be better than someone else.
This is the first season of Lent in many years that I have not been preparing sermons for Easter and the weeks leading up to it. It seems a little bit strange to tell the truth…but I have been enjoying watching Spring come alive, the trees are waking up from their long sleep, Spring flowers are blooming, and the hills around home are taking on a tint of green. It’s a good day to follow Jesus
In my reading this morning I was reminded by the prophet Jeremiah:
This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31-33 NLT)
This was good news to me this morning. As followers of Jesus we have become engrafted branches (Romans 11:17) and that means that God’s law has been written on our heart. And if God’s law has been written on our heart we should feel a sting within when we encounter wrong in any of it’s forms.
When we feel a cut above anybody else – sting – when look down on the fatherless, the widow, the orphan or the alien – sting – when people who are different from us cause us to shut them out – sting – when our bent for success out weighs our love for God or neighbor – sting – when we feel as though we know God’s mind – which the prophet says is new and fresh each morning – and that we can make determinations based on our presumptions – sting – without allowing for God’s mercy and grace. On and on it goes. Our heart either corrects us or condemns us. If something appeals to our sinful nature…trust the heart not the tempter.
If we want to be honest and truly repentant we really don’t have far to look for our own misunderstandings…trust what is written on our heart and let nothing blind us to the truths that are written there.
Just some thoughts running through my mind this morning…
l don’t believe I know a person who is not fascinated with flight. From jet planes to paper airplanes, flying things bring the kid out in most of us.
I love this picture of grandson Jedidiah because it reminds me of my thoughts on flying things.
This is one cool little boy by the way, he has a Will Rogers attitude about people, places, and things. In a conversation about people who are hard to like, he said that he didn’t know anybody that he didn’t like. Made me proud.
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