Friday, November 8, 2013
The guidelines for the race. The provisions for the runner. These things call my attention.
I haven't run a race in a long time. At least an official one.
But I know the exertion, the endurance, the positive morale needed to finish any endeavor.
And I stop to think of races I have participated in or observed. Something disturbs me.
Each runner is only running for himself.
He has the end goal continually before him. But he has no concern for the other runners.
His only concern is to win.
But we run a race in which all can be winners.
And we have no right to run past those who are weak just because we are stronger.
No right at all.
Instead we are obligated to lift up weary hands and feeble knees. Because we are not in this race for ourselves.
We have a duty to help those that are struggling to run beside us.
It would be a terrible thing to run through those gates of pearl alone.
Lord, give me eyes to see, lips to speak, hands to heal. And them to me today…
Saturday, August 24, 2013
I never thought I did.
But I am discovering in my own life that the most dangerous insecurities are the unidentified ones.
It's a hidden trap. Disguised and unrecognized.
Christian society delights in pious platitudes. We say a lot. We want affirmation for the "high standards" that we profess. It's only natural for human nature to desire recognition.
Because of this I find myself having to constantly reevaluate my life, my actions, my priorities but most importantly, the motives behind the things I do.
Whether it is my use of social media, the way I dress, pursuing academic excellence, or anything else.
The list could go on.
It's easy to want to be acknowledged. To be appreciated. To have a good reputation, a following.
But wait a minute.
Didn't Christ make Himself of no reputation?
It's a pause for thought.
Whose affirmation do I really crave?
I want a following. But not the following you might immediately think of.
I'm learning to desire a following of blessing.
And not just the Lord blessing me, but a blessing that leaves a wake.
I want to leave a trail of blessing behind.
And I want my security to be in Christ alone.
So I'm reevaluating.
Are there any hidden insecurities in my life that I need to address that are preventing the Savior from being my true security?