Consider

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. . . Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” Luke 12:27

Consider the lilies. Whenever the Bible says we should consider something, perhaps we would be wise to do it. Consider the lilies for instance. Look off into a field where lilies (or other flowers grow). Marvel at the ease at which they grow (forgetting the hard work that went into gardening).

Or Scripture elsewhere states: consider your life. Think about it. Ponder it. For a few minutes focus your entire attention on it.

We would do well if we took the time to stop and smell the roses, as it were. It’s a time to reflect on life itself. We lose that in all our busyness.

Don’t let a day pass you by without stopping and considering the beauty around you. In a world tends to be ugly and uncaring, certainly you can stop to find beauty (and it may even be your life that’s the beautiful part!)

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Up From the Pit

“For the roots of the mountains I sank down, the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you brought my life up from the pit, O Lord my God.” Jonah 2:6

Jonah was in the belly of the fish when he said that. He realized that he could no longer run from God and had to give in to what He wanted Jonah to do. It was painful, but in the end, he could say, “you brought my life up from the pit.”

Perhaps you’re wondering about your own life. It doesn’t seem to be going the way you had planned. There are obstacles in the way. Often. Always. But one thing you know and one thing you have going for you: God brought your life up from the pit. Where would you be now if He hadn’t?

The world may end tomorrow, but that’s one truth I can cling to: He brought my life up from the pit.

Sometimes we just need to reflect on the essentials.

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Is Your Lamp in the Closet?

He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.” Mark 4:21-22

As I write this, I know that the room I am in could use another light so I take out a small lamp. Now I have a couple of choices. I can put it near where I am reading or I can put it on the floor. Placing it on the floor won’t do me any good because, well, it’s on the floor. There’s nothing there but carpet. The higher I put it, the more widespread is the light that goes out. Why would I put it on the floor anyway?

I suppose that it’s similar to my faith. I tend to hide my faith, sometimes to the point of burying it. What’s the point of that? Back in the day, I was bolder and confrontational with my faith.

What happened?

What changed?

Why is my lamp now on the floor, or worse yet, why is it in the closet with the door closed?

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Finders, Seekers

[Nicodemus] came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” John 3:2

We read this passage and get a sense that a sincere, curious man has approached Jesus. He doesn’t make a big showing of his encounter (for fear of being ostracized by his fellow leaders…probably). He’s a Seeker in the truest sense of the word. He’s hungry for the truth and isn’t disappointed at all.

Many of us can relate to Nicodemus. We’re not boisterous or “in your face” about our beliefs, but we’re still Seekers. Even if you’ve been a Believer for years, we’re still seeking truth, seeking direction, seeking wisdom, seeking answers in a world full of questions.

And of course we come to the right Man.

And yes, Wise Men Still Seek Him.

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With All My Heart

I call with all my heart, answer me, O Lord, and I will obey your decrees. Psalm 119:145

The story is told of Admiral Rickover. When he interviewed junior officers, he asked them two questions: “In everything you did, did you always give 100% effort?” The second was a followup (and always the same): “why not?” What Admiral Rickover understood about the human condition was that we tend to be slackers. Even in our mightiest efforts, we get tired and worn down. We get lazy.

The Psalmist writes that he calls out to God with all his heart. It may be that he, too, is worn down and tired, aching for relief. Like Adm. Rickover, I’ll ask the question, “When you call out to God, do you do it will all your might?”

And why not?

My answer probably reveals more about me than the question.

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