20 May

Through me?

In Acts 14 it is clear that Paul and Barnabus had been through some rough times.

I love what verse 27 says when we read that they reported all that God had done through them.

When I let that sink in it gets my attention.

What has God done through me lately?

It is pretty humbling.

Then I remember, I am his hands and feet and when I have done unto the least of these I have done unto him.

Done what?

Love.

It is easy to think we have to do something grandiose.

But Jesus made it simple.

Love God.

Love others.

Love yourself.

Let’s not over complicate it.

Let’s love somebody today and when we do, like Paul and Barnabus, we will soon be reporting what all God has done through us!

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17 May

Let’s kick the scuttlebutt!

I’m not sure when it started, but not too long ago I found myself checking the news on my smartphone several times throughout the day.

Of late, I have come to realize that my self induced media saturation has had an impact on my mindset.

Throughout history news tended to be an update on what had actually happened in recent days. Time had a way of shaking out the facts and elevating what would ultimately shape our perspective, decision making and outlook on life.

Much of today’s news is instant, reactionary and conjecture. It shoots from the hip and dances around as full fledged propaganda. It has become more commentary than reporting. It plays in the hypothetical more than reality. Reading the news has become exhausting as our minds try to decipher between truth and misinformation, better known as bald-faced lies. Who knows what to believe anymore? Spin wins as unbiased reporting has become a thing of the past.

We certainly have a responsibility to be aware of current events and to consider how what was might impact what is and what is to come.

I am determined to participate in a much more regulated media diet. I believe returning to more of a weekly summary of all that makes the world go round might be the way to go. Time with the “Sunday Paper” is starting to have real appeal as I release on my grab-and-go gusto for news.

Certainly the spin will still be present. Bias and a desire to influence my thinking won’t give way and the advertisements will forever be a mainstay. But something tells me my mindset, attitude and perspective on life might actually improve as I consider focusing more on living and less on all the scuttlebutt. That might be newsworthy in and of itself!!!!

When it comes to the news and media, I can’t help but think that less might actually lead to more, more living, more loving, more laughing and a whole lot less worry.

Who’s with me? Let’s kick the scuttlebutt!

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01 May

Power and Grace

I want to be that guy!

“Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power… none of them could stand against the wisdom and the Spirit with which Stephen spoke.” – Acts 6:8,10

GRACE: unmerited favor. Refined. Courteous. Elegant.

POWER: the capacity to influence.

I so want to be a graceful influence in the lives of those I meet!

May the Lord answer this prayer and empower me, with his Spirit, to do so.

Lord, help me be like Stephen, today and every day. A man of power yet full of grace!

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29 Apr

Surrender

Since life began we’ve had it all wrong. Life is short and death is long.

Life brings hurt and life brings pain. It is life, not death, that brings us strain.

In life there are struggles and strife for sure. Death brings closure but uncertainty endures.

Life requires work and is made of minutes. Death is effortless and has no limits.

Make no mistake and let us be wiser, when life ends, death becomes the driver.

Whether right or wrong, long or short, life has sins and death holds court.

As life ends, death becomes the taker. No life is forever, it will meet its maker.

As we live our lives, let’s do them well, the options are few and they can hurt like hell.

The lives we live will be ours to make. After we’re done, it is death that takes.

After life is over, another begins, death has no grip with forgiveness of sins.

We all were doomed right from the start. Our only hope, is a change of heart.

When we lose our life, death takes a hold, but salvation brings change that is good as gold.

Death is strong but loses its sting, when we surrender our lives to the King of Kings.

  • Ray Sanders, 4-29-20