Randy's Reflections
March 24, 2017, 11:35 AM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 23: Newness


So how is your life going? What path are you traveling? What are your current destructive habits? I know some of mine and they are not brag worthy. We all have them. We all are hoping to change them, but at some point we realize we just don't have the motivation, the power, and the resolve. So, this is when we can turn to God and ask for a new beginning. This is when we admit we are broken and powerless to change by ourselves, but with prayer and a supportive community God can do amazing things. God wants the best for you so put yourself in God's hands and let him begin to transform you, as you admit your need. Walking closely with you on this one.

Sometimes I need a clean slate, a fresh start, a new beginning, new life from a world of death. Lord, let me embrace your forgiveness so that I may know to the depths of my soul that as I offer my brokenness I am made new. Amen.

March 22, 2017, 6:33 PM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 22: Cynicism


"If it seems to good to be true, then it is." This can be a good quote to remember when you get the call or an email about some great opportunity that is way beyond your expectations. But if the good is something that brings blessings to more people than just you or if the answer to prayer is unbelievably amazing we need to remember that God is the great giver of all blessings. Not only is God the great giver, but God is the one we can trust with our very life. Let us hold on to that hope, through it all.

In the face of change, at words of hope, at stories of joy, Lord, help me to not first respond with doubt. Grant me wisdom to know what is good and true, and strike from my heart that which doubts all promises of your hope. Amen.

March 22, 2017, 12:11 AM

Lenten Word of the Day for March 21: Judgment


So this morning I wanted to get this sent off before I went to a dentist appointment. At one of the stop lights I turned on my CD player to listent to one of my favorite songs. As it started to play I noticed the light turn green and took off singing along with the song. It wasn't till I was half way through the intersection I realized that the green light was for the left turn lane only. I had just gone through a red light from a stopped position. Oh now quickly I judge others when they fail to follow the stop lights. Or when they go 25 miles an hour in a 30 mile zone. Or maybe even when they change lanes without using their turn signal. We need to exercise good judgment, but we also need to exercise mercy.

As I go through the day, I judge, sometimes I exercise wisdom, empathy, and good judgment. Other times I inflict arrogance, cynicism, and condescension. Lord, keep my good judgment from becoming destructive judgment, and remind me that ultimate judgment belongs to you and only you. Amen.