22 Sep

Peace by piece

It seems at times that peace is ever illusive.

Just about the time your heart is at rest something creeps in and gives you a wet willy.

Out of nowhere, as you are minding your own business, influences outside your control, right or wrong, pick and poke at your peace of mind.

Is it possible to protect ourselves from the never ending cascading turmoil? Is peace possible?

It’s a big deal. A lack of peace leads to all kinds of ancillary issues. Stress, anxiety, worry, frustration, fatigue, confusion and anger are just a few of the side effects that a lack of peace produces.

So what is an otherwise peaceful person to do? What is the key to tranquility?

Somewhere, someone once said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” In other words, practicing peace by piece is the secret to serenity. We must be selective.

Rather than wear yourself out fretting over every little issue that pops up like the pesky varmints at the “Whack a Mole” game at the local arcade, we need to be selective when we decide which piece disturbs the peace.

Certainly, some things warrant a disturbance. There are times when we need a wake up call. But let’s be honest, most of the things that ruffle our feathers aren’t worth the dust they disturb.

Time takes care of the majority of the peace busters and selective hearing nearly takes care of all the rest. It’s time we holster the feather duster! Quit stirring it up!

Like my mother use to say, “In the word ignorance is the word ignore. Ignore ignorance.”

We would do well to ignore a large portion of the ignorance that seeks to disturb the peace, those pesky little pieces of stupidity that threaten to rattle our peace of mind.

We can gain peace by piece. Pick the piece that is truly threatening the peace and let everything else simply trickle away like water off a duck’s butt.

Swatting at flies has little effect on stopping the insanity. Stop waving and flapping your arms! You look like a scarecrow in a wind storm! Isolate the stinky piece and remove it. Peace by piece!

When we do, “peace by piece”, we gain back the calm we so desire, one piece at a time.

26 Aug

Asleep at the rudder

Do you ever feel as though the Lord is asleep at the rudder while the raging storms of life are crashing down on your dingy?

The waves are seemingly relentless, never ending as they pound your boat. The storm is fierce. It is taking its toll. You are taking on water to the brim. You bail water as fast as you can all while the Lord sleeps appearing oblivious to the turmoil and pending doom and devastation that is certain to unfold as the boards creak, the joints loosen and the world around you begins to fall a part.

In a panicked frenzy you scream at the top of your lungs, “Don’t you even care that we are going to drown!”

From a stupor he rubs his eyes, yawns and stretches out his arms and in an instant everything calms down. “Why all the fuss? I was sleeping so good. Is there a problem? Can you guys quiet down? Can’t you see I’m trying to catch a cat nap? Have a little faith. I got this.”

Say what? Are you kidding? The whole world was crumbling in and then the sleeping beauty wakes up from a nap and everything is all better?

Seems ridiculous, but yes. The truth is, he does care. He is fully aware and he wants us to take a cue from him and chill out.

Come what may, he’s got this. Sink or swim. We are in the boat with him. Could there be a better place to be than in a dangerous boat with the captain who created the sea?

In life, our boats will often be filled with waves and waves of challenges but when we have a little faith, we can experience the wonder of his power as we too are filled with awe as he rolls over and goes back to sleep having calmed the storm.

10 Aug

THE 12 MINUTE CHALLENGE

It takes less than 12 minutes a day to read the Bible through in a year.

It takes approximately 60 hours to read the Bible through annually.

It takes 52 hours to read the Old Testament and 18 hours to read the New Testament.

It takes 71 hours to read the entire Bible aloud.

The longest book, Psalms, takes about 5 hours.

The book of Luke can be read in under 3 hours.

The Bible can be read 4 times a year when read less than one hour per day.

There are about 622,771 words in the Old Testament and 184,590 in the New Testament, a grand total of 807, 361.

There are 39 books in the Old Testament.

There are 27 books in the New Testament.

FUN OBSERVATION:

3×9=27

See it?

39 in old. 27 in the new.

I have a Chronological Bible Reading Plan that I use. I love it!

If you are interested in the plan, let me know and I’ll send it to you!

My goal is to give each of my children and grandchildren a well read Bible, complete with margin notes and an accompanied prayer journal!

 

10 Jul

Of equal value?

Which of these dollars is more valuable than the others? Some are clean, fresh and crisp while others are dirty, worn out and beat up. Truth is, they are all of equal value.

Dollars are a lot like people, some are clean, fresh and crisp while others are dirty, worn out and beat up. But the truth remains, they are all of equal value.

We do well to remember that our value is not based on our outward appearance or what we can produce but rather who we really are, created with value by the Lord, the one who sees our worth regardless of our condition!

 

04 Jul

What do you have to hide?

What do you have to hide?

Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair led a double life.

Living a double life isn’t half of what it’s cut out to be! It is often a symptom of a life that is falling apart in one way or another.

Maybe it is time to come out of hiding and come clean before it is too late?

Don’t go it alone. Find someone you can trust. Spill the beans and regain a life worth living not a life spent in hiding.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2019/07/04/steve-mcnair-death-10-year-anniversary-titans-sahel-kazemi/1646163001/

 

28 Jun

Who is writing your story?

Who is writing you story?

What do you want?

What is holding you back?

What are you afraid of?

Who is writing the chapters in your life’s story?

Is your’s an autobiography or are others writing your story for you, subject to their influence and interpretation of what your life should be and represent?

Is it time to pick up the pen? Will it be a page turner? What a tale to tell!

It’s your life. Go live it! Go write your story!

 

18 Jun

Look up

In the end, people are searching for purpose and peace. They desire meaningful work and a life that makes a difference. 

They are looking for love. But it seems they are looking in all the wrong places. 

Hosea 7:16 “They look everywhere accept to heaven, to the Most High”

We have to point them to him ultimately. One step closer to discovering life in Jesus is the key.

Be it subtle or overt, Jesus is the answer, to the world today. 

What the world needs now is love sweet love. God is love. He is the way to the truth and a life worth living.

If we help people find love, they will find meaning in life. Why? Because God is love. 

How do we offer love? How do we help people discover Jesus? How do we share him in all we do? 

If I make discovering creative ways to share Jesus my goal, I am destined to succeed and be deeply satisfied with the outcome of my life.

The human kind tends to be unsure, uncertain, unclear and insecure. 

God wants us to be bold, courageous and confident in our calling and in all we do.

If we ask for wisdom he promises to grant it.

He reveals himself in many ways. 

We begin by acting on what we already know to be true.

We then need to seek him further through the Word, reflection, counsel and opportunity.

But most of all, we need to desire his presence more than his presents.

As we seek him, the revelation we desire is certain to come as we wait, and watch and are willing to do whatever, whenever, wherever he leads in love.

 

09 Jun

THE LONER’S LIFE

“You will be like a man who runs from a lion— only to meet a bear. Escaping from the bear, he leans his hand against a wall in his house— and he’s bitten by a snake.” — Amos 5:19