Randy's Reflections
August 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

Summer Words


Self Control

This is one of the fruits of the spirit found in Galatians 5. It certainly is something we all could use a bit more of, don’t you think, unless you are an introvert. According to the Myers-Briggs assessment I am considered an extrovert in a public setting, I like being up front and talking to a crowd. But when I am in private I have more introverted tendencies. So when I long to speak in public I am praying, “Lord, help me to be patient, practice self-control, and speak only when prompted by you.”  When in a small private gathering I am praying, “Lord, help me to engage with these people and not just withdraw into myself.” What are you praying?

Lord, help us to be more attuned to your prompting. Help us to be quiet and listen when others are sharing. Help us to be more vocal when someone needs to hear a word of encouragement. Help us to daily listen to your words to us through, prayer, reading scripture, and through the words of others. Help us to experience self-control. Amen.




August 14, 2017, 1:10 PM

Summer Words


Search

Why is it that we never seem to find what we are looking for? Was it we are still thirsty? Was it we are still hungry? There seems to be something within in us that longs for something other than what we have or at least for more than what we have. Maybe instead we long for someone we don’t have. We long to have that so elusive satisfying relationship where we are cherished, we are honored, we are satisfied. Oh, we have moments of such a relationship or we have a glimpse of it anyway, but perhaps instead of seeking for someone to love us we need to focus on loving others. We have plenty of opportunities for deep relationships, but I think in our search we need to spend more time being the person who honors and cherishes others, instead of always expecting others to do that to us.

Lord, you gave within us a desire for more. There is nothing wrong with that, but help us not only get more, but help us to give more. Help us to be the person who seeks to love others, not just the person who seeks to be loved. Our searching shows we are not content and that can be a good thing, but let us try to be more of the one who loves as opposed as one who is still looking for love. Amen.




August 12, 2017, 4:49 PM

Summer Words


Renew

Is there truly nothing new under the sun? It seems like for decades our country has been dealing with a lot of the same problems. Crime, natural disasters, lack of funding for educational endeavors, and infrastructure in communities. So it is with our natural tendencies. We are a selfish, stubborn, prideful people. Almost sounds like sin. So why would we be surprised that we need a savior, not just once, but over and over again. The wonderful thing is that God is a God of second and third and fourth etc., chances. We can come to God and ask to again be forgiven and again to be granted the opportunity to start over again. Let us try again, but let us also never forget our God is in the business of renewal, and some day we will be brand new with no need to ask again to be renewed. I look forward to that day.

Lord, help us to continue to strive to be the person you have called us to be. Even though we know that for every time we succeed there is another area where we will keep failing. Help us never to give up hope that we will experience a day when won’t need to be renewed again. In the meantime let us never stop asking, nor trying, to do the right thing and be the right person who brings glory to your name, in all that we do and all that we say. Amen.