Archive for March, 2013

Doing human being

March 9th, 2013 by Maureen

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. Jn 17:21

It’s been said that we are “human beings not human doings.” So we write books and have workshops about how to “be” instead of “do,” as if we can transform ourselves. Jesus’ prayer is about  being “in” Him rather than telling us to try really hard to be better human beings. Being in Him makes our lives a response to Who He is. And that causes transformation in our deepest innermost beings and in our outward expressions of who we are becoming in Him.

Lord, I surrender to becoming whoever You are making me.

Dangerous prayer

March 8th, 2013 by Maureen

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Ps. 51:12

The joy of salvation holds definite appeal. Obedience, not so much. I recently heard a speaker talk about saying “yes” before you know to what the “yes” refers. That’s a scary, audacious, trusting, hopeful, no-net leap of faith. My prayer isn’t for God to catch me because I know He will, it’s that I can embrace the yet-to-be-revealed place where I land.

Lord, yes.

Parched soul

March 7th, 2013 by Maureen

“Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.” Jn. 7:37b-38

The human soul requires hydration just as much as the human body does. A refreshing river continually flows from the heart of Christ to quench our thirsty souls. If our spirits start feeling parched it could be that we’ve forgotten or been too busy, to drink

Lord, I’m stopping by this river. Fill my soul and my life with living water.

Message over motive

March 6th, 2013 by Maureen

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19

Sometimes when another person is speaking we are busy planning what we’re going to say next instead of listening. Sometimes we question their motives rather than extending the benefit of the doubt. This is especially true when we are angry, defensive, or anxious to get our way or make our point. Really listening objectively to the message is a healthy step toward reconciling conflict and communicating with love and grace.

Lord, help me listen faster than I speak.

Storytime

March 5th, 2013 by Maureen

So Jesus told them this story: Luke 15:3

Jesus used stories to illustrate abstract principles, to make a point, or to help people relate to His kingdom and their place in it. He probably invented some stories or used traditional fables or 1st century urban myths. Maybe some of His stories happened to real people. It’s not a stretch to think that God can take a real life and reveal the story in it. A life event triggers a realization, a picture connects the dots to truth, and our own stories become living parables.

Lord, help me to see the story in my own walking-around life.

Who are the least of these anyway?

March 3rd, 2013 by Maureen

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Matt 25:40

Pivotal moments and significant encounters often happened to Jesus and His disciples while they were on the way to rather than at their destinations. A problem with setting priorities and focusing on destinations is that we tend to prioritize the human beings attached to them. What would happen to the quality of the time, attention, goods, services, and messages we direct toward  the people who hold the lowest priority in our day if we put Jesus’ face on those people?

Help me not to marginalize anybody.