Monday, August 31, 2015

All You Have to Do

I don't recall reading that the disciples ever asked Jesus to lead them; at least not the way that seems common now. We pray that He would guide us and lead us and allow us to be a part of whatever He is doing.

I do that and I know that many others do.

And so I started to pray that way yet again when the  Spirit of the Lord stopped me. "If you want Me to lead you, all you have to do is... follow."

That's it; that's all. Just follow.

I don't even need to explain it. When we follow Jesus, He leads us. Every day, every minute, every second. Just follow.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The least thing

Luke 12: 25-26 - And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

Do you see what Jesus said? I didn't, until just recently. He said that thinking ourselves into growing taller is that "which is least." The least thing? I don't know about you, but it sounds pretty large to me.

And then He said, that if we can't even do that, what makes us think we can do the rest? The rest being taking care of ourselves. The verses go on to say  that we should consider the lilies of the field, how they are taken care of by God.

We fool ourselves when we think we are taking care of ourselves. It's only by the loving kindness of our Lord that we are clothed and fed. Don't be fooled.


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Loving Oneself

"From the eyes of an extra-sensitive child, loving is everything. But from the eyes of God, seeing that we have learned to love ourselves first is everything." (http://talentdevelop.com/articles/EBACIAC.html)

While that article is very secular, it makes a good point. Paul said, "no one ever hated his own flesh." (Ephesians 5:29) And Jesus said, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Mark 12:31). (Leviticus 19:18)

It seems apparent that a well balanced Christian should like and accept himself. After all, hasn't God accepted us? And didn't He create us? We say so, but too often, we don't believe it.

Loving oneself doesn't mean to the detriment or hurt to other people. On the contrary, it means using our base of self acceptance to be able to reach out to others without fear or discomfort.