Thursday, April 22, 2010
Hey, have you ever been tired. Not the out of breath, or the I'm getting sleepy, but to the bone, I am exhausted, I can hardly raise my hand to bring the cup of water to my mouth, I don't know if I will be able to take one more step, please don't ask me to do anything, because I might have to say no, type tired? I have. And for the record, I am not feeling that way tonight. But recently, I had one of those experiences. Every part of my body was screaming in unison, don't make me move, I will rebel, I don't care what you are telling me to do because I am on strike. Rest often is helpful, but I don't think sleep even offers the solution, when you are exhausted emotionally. That is when you must turn to God, and ask for help. You don't have to do this thing called life alone. Rely on him. He wants you to depend on him, and sometimes I think he allows me to get to this point, so that I will stop trying to do things myself and rely on him. You see, I have many things in my life that are demanding my attention. I have so much going on at camp right now, that I sat at my desk today and didn't even know where to start on my list, because I had things that had to be done all at the same time, and I still don't know what I am forgetting. It is easy to get overwhelmed. To get stressed out. To worry. But I am trying to remember how God has been faithful in my life in the past, and how I can trust him to pull through again. Its not about me anyway. I remember a chorus I learned in Jamaica when I was there for a mission trip 5 years ago: if the Lord is keeping you what you going to worry about? If the Lord is keeping you why don't you sing and shout? Glory, hallelujah Praise his Name, Every day He's just the same, If you know the Lord is keeping you, what you going to worry about? NOTHING! So I will choose to trust. I will choose to depend on him. will you join me?
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Hop on over to Scott McNight's blog for a summary of a new book, The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living As If He Doesn't Exist, by Craig Groeschel. Basically the premise is if you believe in God but don't live like it, you're a Christian Atheists. Pretty tough words. How can you tell if you're a Christian Atheists? Check out these questions he answers through out the book. What are the marks of a "Christian atheist"? Where is it hardest to make belief in God manifest or operative in our lives? What can we do about this? He probes this from the angle of topics that are profoundly Christian but which are not present enough in our lives: knowing God personally, ashamed of your past and unwilling to let God heal you, afraid to let God love you, not praying, don't think God's fair, unwilling to forgive others, don't believe you can change, worry all the time, pursue happiness at any cost, trust more in money than God, don't share your faith and don't believe in God's Church. I think his new term is provocative but illustrates the same issue commonly called Lordship or surrender. Regardless I think I'll try and get a hold of this one to read.
Monday, April 5, 2010
A friend of mine was having a hard time figuring out what to do next in life. She wondered if what she was doing was the right thing. Her question was, "How do I want to live?" These were my thoughts to her questions: I think I can hear your struggle between the present and the future, what you desire and current reality. Be encouraged by the tension you feel, it means your heart, mind, and soul are striving for what God wants. If you haven't read Rom 8 recently, I would recommend it. You're feeling what the whole creation feels. We know stuff isn't what it should be, but something better is coming. This plays out on a grand scale with the whole creation and in each of our lives on a day to day basis. Especially, when you truly desire what God wants. Of course our natural reaction is to seek comfort and pleasure, no matter what the circumstances. So you adjust behaviors depending on whether you live in the Midwest USA or some other place in the world, that's normal. Look for comfort in knowing that God has chosen you for a purpose and you have already been justified; you are his Child (Rom 8:28-30). The rest is just a response of love to action already taken by God. Incredibly challenging and often frustrating, but always covered by the fact that nothing can take away God's love from you (Rom 8:39). Today you are exactly where you should be. Struggle to worry less about tomorrow and love God more today. He wants only the best for you.