Archive for the ‘Zechariah’ Category

Enjoy the little things

November 3rd, 2015 by Maureen

Who has despised the day of small things. Zec.  4:10

We don’t always recognize that something is going to be a big deal. Even big deals are made up of small moments that aren’t that spectacular in and of themselves. It is often when we are involved in the mundane and the ordinary that something clicks and we find inspiration. It is often the routine that strengths and prepares us for the extraordinary. We don’t have to try to make life special, life is special because we are loved by God.

Lord, I thank you for all of today’s little things.

It’s hard to smell roses when you’re holding your nose

March 11th, 2015 by Maureen

For who has despised the day of small things? Zec. 4:10

If we view the little interruptions, the distracting details, and the unexpected turns of events as only annoyances that keep us from living “real” life, we might miss “real” life altogether. It’s possible that we might experience genuine God moments in the very experiences we once viewed as interruptions, but this is less likely to occur in a state of irritation. Attitude sets us up to despise or embrace the potential for joy in each moment.

Lord, help me to embrace the day of small things.

TGIF morning

January 31st, 2014 by Maureen

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand Zech. 4:10

Every morning for millennia people have gotten up with plans and agendas, often struggling with obstacles and motivation in order to accomplish them. Few of our tasks will have long term historical significance. Some may help to reveal God to someone who needs to see Him. Though most of the things we have to do may only matter in the moment, doing these little things with care does somehow matter.

Lord, help me delight in the beginning of each day’s work, even Friday.

 

 

Foreigners welcome

January 18th, 2013 by Maureen

Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another. Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor. And do not scheme against each other. Zech. 7:9b-10

Some messages are just as fresh in the 21st century as in the 6th century BC. There are still widows, orphans, foreigners and poor people who need our help. The question that strikes me in this verse is: Who is the foreigner in the 21st century church?

Lord, help me to show mercy and justice to those who feel oppressed, left out, or alienated.

Days and days of small things

September 16th, 2011 by Maureen

For who has despised the day of small things? Zec. 4:10a

We seldom realize the impact of  small things as we are experiencing them.  Too often we focus attention on what we see as big moments when our true legacies are collections of little moments strung together. It’s not up to us to create the moments, only to do the little things as though they matter and let God take care of assigning them significance.

Lord, help me approach the little things with grace and enthusiasm.

Realistically idealistic

January 18th, 2011 by Maureen

So love truth and peace. Zech 8:19b

Our world encourages an attitude to self-serving and self-preservation. It’s easy to become disillusioned and cynical and to consider the pursuit of truth and peace to be unrealistic and idealistic. Yet the life Christ lived and the life he offers us is full of truth and peace.

Lord, I love the ideals that reflect your nature, help me to live them out.