Monday, February 24, 2014

Why wait???


Psalm 37:7

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”

We wait in line.

We wait in traffic. 

We wait in ‘waiting rooms’. (you’d think the fact that this one is labeled as such, we’d be ok with the waiting since we’ve been forewarned, but nooooo.)

With so much experience, we’re remarkably unskilled at ‘waiting well’.  Waitings ‘seems’ to us a colossal waste of time…but what is God saying in our own personal ‘waiting rooms’?

Maybe we’re so programmed to ‘do’, that hitting the pause button feels ineffective.  Lazy.  Unproductive. 

Why?

Because we think it’s all about us.

OUR activity.

OUR work.

OUR efforts.

We don’t factor in God and His work behind the scenes.

It’s like baking:

WE do the preparation…

WE gather the ingredients…

WE do the mixing…

But then we stick it in the oven and wait.

Just because we are not continuing to frantically mix, there are still things happening.

Progress.

Results.

We tap our fingers, we stare at the clock, we peek through the oven door…but we can’t rush the process IF we want good results.

Life is that way.

Life IS like a box of chocolates…(chocolate brownie mix ;)

Look back and think of a time you waited well and the payoff was sooo worth it.  Aren’t you glad you didn’t cut in line and shove your timing in front of God’s?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Put down the whine! (no, it's not a typo ;)


Matthew 5:13

“Let me tell you why you are here.  You’re here to be salt seasoning that brings out the God flavors of this earth.  If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness?  You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.”

OUCH!!! 
Pretty direct, huh?!?

Sitting here sick, possibly contagious…hoping when I’m well I can be MORE contagious!

With all the voices shouting at us throughout the day…whether through the media, at the office or in our head…it can be challenging, at best, being salt and light to a thirsty and dark world.  We are constantly bombarded with negative messages, being programmed from the moment we wake up in the wee hours of the morning. 

(Could somebody please turn down the noise…I’m trying to hear from God.)

Since we can be contagious for the good or bad, people are more likely to catch our ‘Negativity’... which is highly contagious.  It spreads like a virus.  We contaminate everyone we come in contact with.  The best antidote is God's Word, it has a way of changing your negative perspective.  It persuades you to place your trust in the God of the Bible, not in how you 'think' or 'feel' on any fickle day.

Rather than acting like salt that brings out flavors of this earth, we can be like pepperoncini’s and stinging people with our bad attitudes that cause their eyes to water by coming on so strong.                 (as is seen here in Exhibit A)
 
                      (Thanks Carter Bonn & Chris White, visuals are way more convincing!)

Amazing to think that the Israelites took 40 years to make an 11 day trip, mostly because of their murmuring and complaining!

Hmmm, what is my complaining keeping me from?

In your sphere of influence, how are you influencing?  Are you causing people to thirst after God, or to run from your 'glass half empty doom and gloom' vibes?  Make a concerted effort today and catch yourself before whining about whatever it is we whine about.  (Notice I said ‘we’ ;)

Now put your whine down.