Monday, 18 June 2018

Watch out for the mule!


   
 

“A mule dressed in a tuxedo is still a mule.”-Traditional saying.


   Our society is so focused on the 'visual' that we seldom take time to get to know the true
   character of other people. We can make quick judgements of others and then live to regret those  snap
   decisions. 

     The saying above, also reminds me that sometimes people try to disguise who they truly are, but in the
     end their true character still shines through. Of course this doesn't mean that 'mules' can't be changed
    through the grace of Christ, but we should exercise caution when only noticing  the outward
    appearance of people.

1 Samuel 16:7 - But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Living in Grace
D3LM3



 

Friday, 15 June 2018

Height of Stupidity

What is the height of stupidity?
Of course there are a million different answers, some of which wouldn't be appropriate to list on this blog, but I like the following suggestion:


“Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people that they don't like.” - Will Rogers

This may sound stupid, but it sadly plays out in many communities on a daily basis. We put ourselves into greater debt to try and impress people that don't care about us; and in the end the things we buy aren't truly an expression of who we are.


Jeremiah 31:19 - I turned away from God, but then I was sorry. I kicked myself for my stupidity! I was thoroughly ashamed of all I did in my younger days.
 
Living in Grace
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Thursday, 14 June 2018

The measure of courage

"Speed is measured in seconds. 
Time is measured in days,
but courage can't be measured!" - unknown

I think this quote is a very interesting take on courage, because how do we measure something like courage? We don't have a unit of measurement to help us, but in some way we ARE able to recognise courage when we see it.

Think about it for a moment - what do you recognise as being courageous?

"So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” - Deuteronomy 31:6

Living in Grace
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Howling wind

At the moment I am listening to the wind howling outside my office window and it conjures up all kinds of thoughts, most of which make me imagine myself hiking through Antarctica (although I have never been close to the place). It is funny how a sound can spark off some random thoughts in our minds. On a related note, I checked to see if there were any scriptures that related to the 'howling wind' and this is the closest one.


“For the people of Israel belong to the Lord;
    Jacob is his special possession.
10 He found them in a desert land,
    in an empty, howling wasteland.
He surrounded them and watched over them;
    he guarded them as he would guard his own eyes.
11 Like an eagle that rouses her chicks
    and hovers over her young,
so he spread his wings to take them up
    
and carried them safely on his pinions." - Deuteronomy 32:9-11

Even though we may find ourselves in a 'howling' wasteland, God still watches over us and he still comes to find us. Rest assured in that amazing promise.

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Monday, 11 June 2018

Choosing to be hurt

Most of us try to avoid getting hurt. Being hurt is not pleasant and it leaves all kinds of physical and emotional scars. On the topic of hurt, Philip Yancey wrote:

"Whatever else we may say about it, the atonement fulfils the Jewish principle that only one who has been hurt can forgive. At Calvary, God chose to hurt."

I find those words deeply moving and they remind us that God chose to HURT for our brokenness. When Jesus asked his Father to forgive us, it was from his place of incredible pain.

Luke 6:28 - Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.
 
Living in Grace
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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Asijiki - no turning back!

The theme for Comrades 2018 is ASIJIKI, which means 'No turning back.' I think that this not only a good motto for running the Comrades marathon but also for life in general. Turning back can be seen as a sign of defeat and losing ground. Whatever you are tackling at the moment keep looking forward and don't turn back!

As we follow Jesus, let us not turn around and long for our previous lives, but let us look forward to what God has in store for us all.

Galatians 4:9 -So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world? 

Please also say a prayer for us as we run the Comrades today. We need all the prayers we can get.

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Anxiety

When I first read this next quote I wasn't sure how I truly felt about it. Initially I was indignant, but then I thought about it a bit more and recognised some of the profound truth in it.

"Anxiety is the mark of spiritual immaturity." - Thomas Merton

Is this what Jesus was getting at when he remarked:

Matthew 6:25“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear.

And also the apostle Paul....

Philippians 4:6 - Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 

Does my anxiety reveal my lack of trust in Jesus to "be in all things of my life?" Does it reveal a side of spirituality that I refuse to acknowledge? Tough to ask myself these questions, but important to be honest.

Living in Grace
D3LM3