Archive for May, 2013

Poetry For May

May 31st, 2013

The last day of May

and what should I say

this will make your day

always follow the way.

Yes, poetry is not my forte, but hey, I am trying to learn new things!

Make May 31 remarkable.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (NIV)

Great Day

May 30th, 2013

I read this bit of encouragement this morning and thought I should pass it on to you!

What a great day for a great day!

Be great today – what else are you going to do?

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Ps 118:24 ESV

Ridding Myself of James

May 29th, 2013

I may have mentioned before that I follow the Luther Principle on the Biblical book of James.  Well probably not exactly for the same reason.  I have torn out the book from my Bible before and have even done it publicly as an illustration when teaching from the book.  Why?  because it hits home and hurts!  It would be so much better if it didn’t exist and you would not be challenged by its words.  Well, not really!  Challenge is good.  And the book of James packs a bunch.  For instance, this paragraph about being full of proud and striving to take what others have.

4-6 You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way. And do you suppose God doesn’t care? The proverb has it that “he’s a fiercely jealous lover.” And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find. It’s common knowledge that “God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.” James 4:4  MSG

Later on in this chapter, the Message translation says this “Get serious, really serious.”  It’s almost makes you want to laugh when you read it, until you realize that it’s really a locker room speech for us to focus on the things of God and let him give the marvelous gifts of life – which he will – instead of taking it from others with a heart full of evil.

Let’s be humble today and exalt the Creator!

and keep reading the words of the brother of the Christ!

 

Focus

May 28th, 2013

Oh the day after a 3 day weekend.  It’s so hard to get back to what it is the you are supposed to do.  It’s so hard to focus.  Yet, that is exactly what a day like day needs – Focus.

Make sure you focus on the things that need doing.  The things that are really important!

Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody. Romans 12:15 MSG

Focus and do the needful!

Today and tomorrow

May 24th, 2013

This morning I finished the supervised therapy on my ankle. The ligaments are healing great and easch day I notice more and more strength returning to the ankle. I still have a lot of work to do I order for it to return to normal strength. And now the tough part starts. I no longer will have Pablo telling me what exercises to do and how many. It’s now on me to complete the training and to grow each day.

On the wall over at D1 where I was working on my ankle on the wall are these words

what you do today….
Will determine your tomorrow

I am glad I have read those huge words for weeks, because I find them to be so true in so many things– my ankle, the technical understanding I use for my employment and my spiritual disciplines.

We have a lot of control over the usage of the gifts we have been giving and each day the decision we make will impact our tomorrow’s. I’ll be thinking about this each night I don’t want to do the band exercises to continue to strengthen my ankle, or when I don’t want to practice my faith by trusting and forgiving another, or when I don’t want to prepare myself for the temptations with which I know I struggle.

Today do something your future self will look back and thank you for!

Be good!

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. (James 1:22-24 NIV)