Archive for August, 2008

You want me to WHAT??

“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” – Matthew 5:44-45

Do you have difficult people in your life? You know, the kind of folks that make every encounter feel like you are biting on tin foil.

I do. I work in a job that creates high stress levels. I have learned, I guess, to thrive on the stress of the job to some extent. There are some people that I deal with that make each project a real hassle. If I am not under the bus, I am in the crosshairs. If I am not at fault, I am still to blame. If I hold my ground, I am not a team player.

Some days, I find myself thinking “Just wait, you will get yours!”

This is not the attitude that Christ wants us to carry. Luke uses slightly different language:

“bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” – Luke 6:28

Have you ever tried to do this? The high road is not easy. It is far easier to wait. To plan. To scheme. This is not what Christ wants from us. I admit, I have spent more than my share of time counting the mistreatments. The accusations. The lies.

Christ tells us to “turn the other cheek”. This is not just a physical cheek, but also an emotional cheek. When others do wrong to us, it hurts our pride. It hurts our perception of ourselves, as well as the perceptions that others hold about us. I get tired of turning that cheek. Some days, I feel as if I am out of cheeks to turn.  I was given a new cheek today.

My morning drive to work is some of my best prayer time. Each day, I start the same way: “Lord, please use me today. Show me how I can do your will today, and give me the strength to do it.” This morning, I heard a pastor talking about these verses on my way to work. Shortly after I arrived, someone showed up in my cubicle. They had been mistreated by a coworker. I talked with them about the situation. I started laughing, and then relayed to them my daily prayer and the verses listed above. God had answered my prayer. We talked about how these verses applied to the situation we were both in.

I took a few minutes to pray for both this person and the coworker as I went on to my next task. I asked that God help me to feel refreshed, and to show me how to be a better example of Christ to those around me. I know that I will never be perfect this side of Heaven, but I also know that I can do better job of being a witness than I do most days. I also asked for an extra portion of grace and mercy when dealing with difficult people.

How will you react next time?

In His name,


August 27 2008 | General | No Comments »

Why me?

Moses said to the LORD, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD ? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” – Exodus 4:10-13

Tonight, the part of Moses will be played by… YOU!

Have you ever felt like Moses? You are just minding your own business, and out of nowhere (seemingly), God speaks to your heart. It may be a small nudge, a firm push, or it may be a smack between the eyes. God speaks to each of us in a very different manner.

Why, when the Master of all things speaks to us, do we so often try to find excuses not to listen? One of my favorite movies is “Evan Almighty“. I watched this recently, and had a true God moment. When Evan, played by Steve Carell, was talking with God, played by Morgan Freeman, Evan told God that “this wasn’t part of my plan”, Morgan Freeman doubles over in laughter. When Evan asks about it God starts laughing and says “Your plan?”

How many times have we answered God’s call with:

  • “Sorry, that’s not part of my plan.”
  • “Sorry God, get someone else to teach that class. ”
  • “Sorry, God, get someone else to lead that team.”
  • “And please, please, God, get someone else to visit the shut-ins.”

God wants each and every one of us to serve. he has gifted each one of us with a ministry. It may be praying. It may be teaching. It may even be just listening to someone who needs to vent.

Each day as I go to work, I pray that God will find a way to use me. Recently, I met with a friend of mine who is having stressful times at work. I talked with this friend, and that was the way that God used me that day. I am amazed that God can use me to be an influence in a positive manner. That he can us me to minister to someone. I know me. I know that I am not qualified to minister to someone. But the Holy Spirit, who lives in me, is qualified to use me in ways that I cannot understand.

So often, I find myself telling God, like Moses, “pick someone who is more qualified.” God answers me the same way He answered Moses: “Who made you? If I can make you, can I not give you the words to say.” What an awesome concept!

Next time God prompts, just try saying “Okay God, we both know I am not qualified. I am counting on you to give me the words, to give me the gift I need to do your will. Prepare me to do your work, and help me to give you the glory.”

Go in Christ, and serve when asked.

August 05 2008 | General | No Comments »