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T’was the week before Christmas

Lots of running around to do this week it seems. Gift buying to complete, get the house ready for guests, make sure that the food that needs to be bought is in…well you get it.Of course, for some the hectic pace of Christmas is in the past – their lives simple, sometimes lonely, sometimes they aren’t even aware it is Christmas or what that means. Seems we know more people than ever struggling with diseases of the mind that keep them locked in their own thoughts. For relatives, it is difficult to watch, for those that suffer, well we aren’t really sure I guess. I can only imagine – or can I.

Might be us one day. That’s the reality – it’s also a scary thought. I guess I deal with the future by believing that the future has been dealt with by the past – that Christmas was about making provision for me, and you, to know that our lives are part of the plan of God, who chose (before the world was formed) to intervene in history so that my future could be provided for. In Jesus, we find salvation, not just the forgiveness of sin but salvation from aging, illness, death…that’s the promise!

Christmas week

I am not certain whose image this is. I found it some time ago…but I like the image because I see a young couple – so very young – an obedient young couple who are trusting God for the future though it appears that they are under the direction of Casear, yet they are really simply obeying the word of God as Mary carries the Word Of God. Obedience is the surest way of finding joy now and in the future.

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Wisdom in 2016

Each morning I receive into my inbox an email that highlights one small piece of CS Lewis’ writings. Sometimes it is an exerpt from his Narnia series, sometimes from another book he has written and other times from letters that he wrote to others at the end of his life.

They are always interesting and give insight in to the day to day thinking of this intellectual and spiritual giant, at other times it is an open door to the emotions he displays in his own struggles.

I find it to be reassuring that someone like CS Lewis had real struggles, that he wrestled with feelings and thoughts as we do, well I do. He does not like growing old, yet he clearly understands that he is on his way to a better time (I hesitate around the word place) which he compares to a river struggling to make its way to the open sea.

His writings always point to God, always point to faith as a way of life, but never excuse or dismiss the struggles of life, and in his letters he always affirms the expressed problems or worries that the received letter has generated. I like that. I like that he is quick to acknowledge that this life is filled with struggle.

Jesus said, in this world you will have trouble. Yes indeed.

As long as we have family ot worry about. As long as sin abounds. As long as people choose poorly. As long as we continue to live beyond our means, to serve ourselves, we will have trouble.

So how we do I choose to live? Well I’ve learned long ago that faith needs to be at the centre of life. It might not give me all the answers, but it does give me perspective. I would like all my family to choose the same, for it brings less pain in to life, but I know they will not all choose so.

So I pray that God will influence their thinking, their choosing.

It’s so easy to drift.

It’s also so easy to choose.

Jesus told those who listened – choose life.

So for 2016 I desire to choose wisdom.

Welcome to Autumn 2015

I can’t remember when I’ve had a busier autumn – and when I have loved my work more.  This is turning into an interesting yet challenging time in my life.

I have been working on a personal mission statement, one that captures the essence of who I am and who I want to be, one that relates to my family and friends from the over arching principles of Scripture. I had taken as my life verse Micah 6:8 which reads:

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

    And what does the Lord require of you?

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 and to love mercy

    and to walk humbly with your God.

I am working on being submissive to the Word of God in a new way, to see who I am in light of this verse instead of measuring what I do.  I know that might seem subtle but I think that’s the point. Subtle is how we shift our values –  just a few degrees at a time – but anyone who knows anything about navigation knows that a one degree shift in destination might be small at the beginning but the further you travel out the further the deviation is.

So I have taken that verse and put my mission statement as a reflection of it.

Here’s my mission statement:

Personal Mission Statement

What does the Lord require of me?
To act justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly.

Micah 6:8

As a child of God I joyfully acknowledge the grace of God poured into my life and desire to fully embrace that grace as I live out of my life and answer God’s calling to ministry.
I gratefully give myself to Him in my relationships.

First and foremost is my relationship with Jesus. I acknowledge my need for, and dependence upon, the Holy Spirit to convict and convince my spirit in thought, intention, habits and behaviours. I acknowledge my ongoing development of faith and promise to embrace the full promise of Romans 8:38,39. 

“38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Secondly, in my relationship with Wendy I joyfully embrace what God has given us within each other. As my partner in life I desire to guard our relationship through the guarding of our hearts and the cherishing of our common growth. It is my intention to encourage her growth and development, to protect her, honour and to (pray for her). 

As a father I will pray daily for Jason and Philip, the first two gifts given to Wendy and I by our Heavenly Father. I will express to them clearly my love, joy and pride in them for who they are and the gifts God has granted to them. I will be an encourager to them and stand in the gap whenever possible.  I will continue to model for them, as a father, the role they now exercise and speak to them as adults who are also working to role model for their children.

As a father-in-law it was my privilege to welcome in to our family Susan and Amanda. I will be prayerful and a practical supporter expressing my belief that they are gifts to our family from the hand of God. 

I will be to them an encourager. In every way I will honour their place in our family and make every effort to establish their full place in our family. I will treat them with respect and express my appreciation for the gifts they bring in to our family.

As a grandfather I will by God`s grace be an example of love and tender care to Rachel, Carlyle, Ted & Beth. I will provide them with love, encouragement and prayerful support ever protecting their innocence and spiritual well-being. I will engage in prayer for their physical well-being and their salvation. I will pray for their parents. 

I gratefully give myself to God in my ministry.

As a Christian leader I will daily seek to follow God’s leading, use my God-given abilities and (organizational) influence towards the work of the Kingdom of God encouraging men and women to live in faith and find their full purpose in developing their own spiritual leadership. 

As a follower of The Way I will find opportunity as God provides to share how God`s story is reflected in my story seeking to be faithful to the truth expressed in Scripture and experienced in my own faith walk.

As a manager of people I will lead in the example of Jesus being gracious and loving while making every effort to lead in a manner that provides progress in our work and support to those on the front lines. I will make the work of the Kingdom of God priority. I will use words to honour my fellow workers and build them up.

It is the desire of my heart in all ways “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with my God”

2015