Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Hard Things

One of the things that really bother me sometimes is silence- silence about the hard things: those difficult and controversial topics that we see and hear around us.

When Jesus walked the earth, He did not shy away from the hard things. Why do we?

Humanity needs the church to step up and address such things. Not in a judgmental way, but lovingly and truthfully. Yes, the Bible has already addressed these things but not everyone reads or understands it in it’s correct context, right? So as leaders, ministers and scholars in the church we need to bring the truth to the forefront. We need to talk about things and behaviors that are hurting people, destroying families and killing our culture. We can’t be shy. We can’t be quiet.

Why are we quiet? Why do we more often talk about the things that are less important? Maybe, just maybe, this is why some of our churches are empty, or ineffective.

If we love others we will warn them of dangers ahead, right? If someone is walking off a cliff won’t we try to stop them? Should we say…

“That’s ok.”

“If you want to do it who am I to judge.”

“It’s not my business.”

“I can’t talk about that.”

“I don’t have time.”

“They will be angry.”

“If I say something then they would know… I did the same thing.”

Why are we quiet? Good question. Any answers?

Lord, help us address the hard things. Make us speak up. Make us shout the dangers ahead, especially if we have already been there and know truly how bad it is. Help us save our children, our neighborhoods, our communities. Our world.

Thank you, Lord. With your help we can talk about the hard things. Give us strength and wisdom and the power of Your might and Word. Amen!

Refocus

Life in this world is a balancing act: Balancing love for others, laughter and play with reverence for the Lord and keeping Him Lord of everything in your life. Though we should refocus at all times-daily, nightly and when needed throughout the day- the Lord gives us the Sabbath as a special day to refocus.

Refocus on God. Throw out the cares of this world. He says to even cast our cares on Him.

Exchange your cares for God’s presence.

Refocus

Lord, help me to refocus my mind on you.

Thank you that you helped me through this day.

Help me, Lord, to turn to you at all times even though I am in this world

Help me to keep the cares of this world only second to you.

Help me to keep a balance of caring for others but turning to you for strength and wisdom

Help me to love others yet love you most

Help me to serve in the world yet keep you as my Lord

Help me to laugh and play yet bow before your throne

Lord, keep me from being self sufficient. Help me turn again and again to you for strength. Help me to tell others about you yet be willing to listen to their fears and cares.

Help me to balance being truthful yet kind.

Thank you for keeping me, and redirecting me

For you, Lord, are my King, though I live in this world,

I live for you as I live my life with others

Thank you for refocusing and keeping me in the palm of your righteous right hand

Now I go forth. Cleanse me. Guide me. Keep me on a straight path.

Help me to live for you in everything I choose to do.

Help me to represent you correctly.

Please bring others into my path that need to know you, Lord.

May I be able to show them your love by what I do.