Archive for February, 2009

Be prepared

Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” – Colossians 4:4-6

People find me approachable.

My wife will confirm this for you.  Strangers will seek me out and start up a conversation. It has been this way all of my adult life.  People will come up to me, and start a conversation.  Before I know it, I have been given details, sometimes too many details, about their lives.  For example, I was sitting in a restaurant one day eating breakfast and doing my Bible study.  A vendor, dropping off linens at the restaurant, asked my advice on dealing with his wife who spends too much money.  He described a long pattern of overspending, and how this had placed a strain on his marriage.  I gave him the best advice I knew, and he left happy.

In the past, I have tried to shy away from these encounters.  Those that know me will find it hard to believe, but I am an introvert.  I can be alone in a sea of thousands of people.  I have always been this way.  I can be slow to warm to people.  Once I do come out of my shell, it is with a BANG!

I say that I have avoided these conversations in the past, because I am changing.  I am evolving.  I have made a commitment to embrace these meetings.  I have finally realized that this is a gift that God has given me.  I can use this as a ministry.  I can influence others.  I can tell others of the Love of Christ.  I can be a witness:

  • where I am
  • as who I am
  • with all I am

Pray that I can be full of Grace and seasoned with salt.  Pray that I can always have an answer.  Pray that the questions will be asked.  Pray that you will do the same.  I ask that you lift me up, but do not forget to lift yourself up in the process.

Together, we can reach more for the kingdom.

February 23 2009 | General | No Comments »

Scariest passage in the Bible?

“O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.

You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.” – Psalm 139:1-6

Do you remember doing something wrong growing up, and fearing that your mom or dad would find out?

In Psalm 139, David talks about how God knows us.  He knows us intimitely.  We cannot think, say, or do anything that God does not know before we do.

As a Christian, I try to lead a moral and righteous life.  I know that I fail.  I have been forgiven by Grace, saved by Faith, but I still mess up.  I say the wrong things.  I hurt others with my quick temper and sharp tongue.  I despise myself for it, but it still happens.  God knows before I do it, yet he still forgives me.

David pleads with God to “search me and know my heart”, and asks God to lead him in the correct manner.  I ask that same thing each day, and would encourage you to do the same.

Read the rest of this passage here.

February 20 2009 | General | No Comments »