MONTHLY ARCHIVES: March 2009
All or Nothing
Read This Passage: Proverbs 3:5-8
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths. —Proverbs 3:5-6
I WAS LISTENING to a sermon recently about modesty. The pastor asked a question that really caught my attention: Do you take God to the Gap?
His point was clear. You should “think about Him in all your ways,” even when it’s a decision about T-shirts and jeans. Clearly, God wants all or nothing. He desires our trust in all areas, clothing included!
But a thinking strategy like that doesn’t come easily. First of all, that’s not the way we like to do things. We want to give God the big things—decisions, goals, dreams, sickness, pain—and handle all the little things on our own. We can call Him in if things get out of control, right?
The thing is, as today’s key verses point out, God wants us to trust Him in all things with all of our hearts. He doesn’t just want the big things. He wants it all.
So, how would our lives be affected if we really sought to acknowledge God in everything we do? It might mean rethinking what we wear or the events in which we participate. It could mean preparing for our someday spouses rather than dating around. It might mean giving God the glory when you achieve a goal, win a game, or receive an award. It might mean serving God without recognition, notoriety, or the big bucks, which directly opposes the world’s understanding of success.
According to today’s verses, a “Think-About-God-in-All-Your-Ways” strategy isn’t optional. He wants us to rely on Him in all things, not just the things we don’t think we can handle. God wants it all. What does that mean for you?
Set an alarm on your watch or phone to remind you to think about God periodically throughout the day. When it sounds, ask yourself: Am I allowing God to guide me right now?
Proverbs 3:5-6 is a popular pair of verses. Read them in context as you study the entire third chapter of Proverbs. What new insights can you gain by reading them as a whole?
Father, help me to seek You in every area of my life. I want to trust You fully to guide me on the right paths.
All work and no play makes camp a pretty dull place. Thankfully we know how to play here at camp. Since it doesn’t really snow here that often, we take full advantage of it when it does! So yesterday Sharon and I decided to build a snowman before everything melted away. Check out the pics below to see our new friend.
Of course once Stewart, the boys camp intern, saw what we were doing he had to come out and one up us. He built his own snowman to tower over ours.
Okay, I know what you may be thinking, “How come Stewart’s snowman is so much bigger?” Before you go thinking that Sharon and I were just lazy and didn’t want to take the time to build a bigger snow buddy, check this out…
Who’s the lazy one now?
We’re not sure what to name them. Any suggestions?
So you know that old weather proverb about March, “In like a lion, out like a lamb”? Well, for us here at camp, March certainly roared its head! On Sunday, March 1st, it snowed on and off all day. At camp, we had around 3 inches. Now I know 3 inches may not sound like a lot to some of you, but let me tell you, for this Texas girl it was a little taste of Heaven! And at Sharon’s home there was around 8 inches! Needless to say, she had a snow day yesterday while others of us were in the office.
I walked around parts of camp yesterday and took some pics since you all couldn’t be here to see it with us…enjoy!
That’s how it looked at camp, now check out how it looked at Sharon’s!
Oj sure loved playing in all that snow! We even made some snowmen at camp…but that’s another post for another day!
Worthy of Worship
Read This Passage: Revelation 4:1-11
Our Lord and God, You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because You have created all things, and because of Your will they exist and were created. —Revelation 4:11
A LOT OF MY FRIENDS when I was younger collected baseball cards. They even looked in magazines to find the current value of their cards. They tried to get cards of rookie players who seemed to be doing well. They knew if the player continued to rise in his stats, the card would increase in value.
Perhaps you have something that you have collected or have put away because it is special to you. What gives value or worth to an object or a person? More specifically, what does it mean to say that God is worthy to receive glory and honor and power?
A good synonym for “worthy” is “deserving.” Stop and ask yourself, Why does God deserve my worship? You may have a long list of things that God has done both for you and in your life that cause you to want to praise Him. Our praise for God should not just be about what He has done, but who He is!
Many people in our world today receive awards and recognition for what they do, but could they receive an award for who they are? A lot of people who are recognized for having talent have no character. God is worthy of praise because His character is flawless.
In a world where our very best friends or family sometimes disappoint us, we can turn to a God who has never failed and never will! At the end of time, He will still be worthy of worship and honor because of who He is. Rather than focusing on what God has done that is worthy of praise, today focus on who God is.
Perhaps you have received awards or recognition for personal talents, grades, or accomplishments. Do you accept and receive all the glory, or can you find ways to give glory to God for the abilities and opportunities He has given you? Look for ways to turn personal awards and recognition back to giving God glory.
God has called believers to “walk worthy of the Lord.” Read Colossians 1:10-12 and list the ways that believers can do this.
Ask God to reveal to you all that He is. Praise God for His characteristics as they come to your mind.