Trust, Commit, Wait

PSA 37:3, 5, 7 NIV
Trust in the Lord and do good; 
Commit your way to the Lord;
Be still before the Lord  and wait patiently for him.

Jesus, these are great verses for my meeting today. They are good reminders that I am small and you are big. As we seek your direction, I trust you more than any of us: we’ve committed our way toward you, please help us be still before you and wait patiently.

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Life Topics

Scripture
3JN 1:3-4 NIV It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Observation
This isn’t a topic of conversation I encounter often: “did you hear about so and so? You should see how they are following Jesus and bringing glory to his name!”

It makes me wonder two things:
Are we living the kind of lives worth talking about?
Are we talking about the right kind of things?

Application
I want to live a life worth talking about. Dripping wet with Jesus. I also want to value the right things – to appreciate then, talk about them, and celebrate them. I know plenty of people walking in the truth.

Prayer
Lord thank you for the faithful people around me. I appreciate who they are in you and the good you bring about through them. Help me also live worthy of your celebration.

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Obeying is Loving

Scripture
2JN 1:5-6 NIV … I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

Observation
The best way for me to love my family, my friends, my coworkers, and my world is to walk in obedience. Listen to what God is saying, and obey.

Application
I wish this were as easy at is it simple! Still, it’s easier to aim for something I can see clearly; obeying God is loving my neighbor.

Prayer
Lord, I appreciate the clarity with which you lead! Help me follow closely.

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For the nations

Scripture
Acts 17:27 NLT “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.

For the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Often I think about God’s hunt for the individual. My framework of God is relational and personal. It’s easy to miss the Kingdom of God. But God has a vision for the nations. May your kingdom come, Jesus.

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Nothing sacred

Scripture
Leviticus 10:10 NLT You must distinguish between what is sacred and what is common, between what is ceremonially unclean and what is clean.

Everything is common to me. The most sacred thing I own is probably my wedding ring. Should I hold more things as holy? Does God still value this practice of setting certain things apart?

Lord, if there are things our practices you’d like me to set apart as sacred as signs of my reverence, please show them to me.

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Not Cool Facebook

Penalizing page status posts make pages less social.

The announcement on January 21 says

We are learning that posts from Pages behave differently to posts from friends and we are working to improve our ranking algorithms so that we do a better job of differentiating between the two types.

Posts from pages behave differently because the intent is often different. Many pages (businesses) see the feed as an opportunity for some sort of business conversion. Friends don’t tend to use facebook for conversion purposes, and businesses shouldn’t either. Later, your announcement seems to suggest content akin to tweets, posting snippets of articles with corresponding links, or pins, posting those infernal picture quotes.

For those of us seeking genuine engagement, and not conversion, a simple status post was all that was needed.

You’re a social platform; reward reward businesses engaging as such.

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Lists and Leaders

An ounce of leadership is better than a pound of resource.

It’s tempting to provide lists of resources. To build an index of articles, videos, and PDFs to provide insight and direction.

When I’m confronted with a list of excellent curated resources, I still don’t know what to do. I spend time going through every one and am overwhelmed. What I more often need is to be lead. For someone to say “here’s something good; do this.”

If you want to help me move, don’t give me a list, be a leader.

 

 

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Outside Circumstance

Scripture
Luke 3:21-22 NLT One day when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized. As he was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy. ”

Observation
This is a pretty cool God moment with the three all gathered. Observations …

I’ve never noticed the description of the holy spirit like this – the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove – I’ve always read this like “as a dove,” not like one.

God expresses his love and pride in Jesus prior to his ministry. Nothing changed after Jesus preached, healed, or died for God’s children. Dearly loved.

I have children! I dearly love them, and they bring me great joy.

Application
I want to love my children like this, outside circumstance. Before and after all they do. I want them to never need to seek my love or my pride.

Prayer
Lord, help me love like you, thank you for parents who set a good example for me to follow.

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Peak of Wisdom

Scripture
1 Peter 4:8 NLT Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.

Observation
Love is the great leveller. It is the peak of wisdom. A couple weeks ago, Mike installed new wood floors. After he’d laid them out and sanded them down, he floated wood putty over the whole surface – filling every gap. The putty became part of the floor and you don’t notice it’s there. The floors are beautiful. But you’d notice if it wasn’t there!

Application
In a twist of the complex and simple, God has turned the complexity of wisdom on it’s head by putting love at the top – though love can be hard, it is usually simple. When I can’t figure out what to do, or when I’m frustrated by the actions of another, the very best is to love.

Prayer
Lord, I can love more – help me. Put love in the middle of my tracks and give me the wisdom to follow. Thank you Lord!

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A Beautiful Hope

Scripture
Hebrews 6:10-11 NIV God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.

Observation
I’m working to bring the kingdom of heaven to earth. It’s a vision worthy of my diligence, so that my hope may be realized.

Application
Diligence implies hard work and commitment. I am diligent because of my hope, because of God’s vision.

Prayer
Lord, your word is full of your vision. Thank you for a beautiful hope.

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