Randy's Reflections
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June 17, 2017, 5:14 PM

Summer Words

Disconnect

I think the opposite of being disconnected is not being connected but of being possessed. When we are overly connected to a person or to an ideal we let that person or that ideal dictate our actions, which may not always be healthy. Sometimes being disconnected from our wants, possessions, or relationships can help us keep a proper balance with who we are and who we are becoming. I would say that the only relationship to which we can never be overly connected is that relationship we have with God. It is listening to God and following God which helps us operate in this world with a healthy view of possessions, ideals, and other relationships. That is, if we seek first to grow in our relationship with God we will keep all our other connections in the proper perspective. Sometimes being unplugged, being disconnected, can help us be plugged in to that which is truly important.

Lord, help us to keep connected to you at all times. That connection is one which will help us to maintain a healthy perspective on all of life. We know that you want the best for us and you want to help us become who we are truly called to be, but sometimes we get so focused on our connection to this world we forget that we are designed for eternity and not just the here and now. Thank you for keeping you connection to us and help us keep our connection to you. Amen.




June 15, 2017, 1:55 AM

Summer Words

Disciple

What is the difference between a leader and a follower? I think one thing that differentiates these two is calling, but I also think a good leader is willing to be a good disciple, a disciple of someone they respect. In fact I think when leaders no longer consider themselves disciples then they have lost their way. There is only one leader of all and none of us are it. Whenever I consider following someone I look to see if they are willing to also be a follower, not that they never depend on their own leadership to make decisions, but that they are willing to modify their behavior if they learn something new that is beneficial to those they lead. So let us strive to be leaders when that is our call, but never forget we need to also be disciples.

Lord, help me to discern when my leadership is needed and when I need to be a disciple. Help me to never forget you are the only one who fulfills the leadership role at all times. And when I strive to be your disciple, help me to be fully committed to following you. Amen.




June 13, 2017, 12:18 PM

Summer Words

Creation/Creator

Two words, which for us, are closely connected. Without a creator there would be no creation. Yet if there was no creation would there be a creator? Certainly there would, but it is the creation which helps define the creator. As we look around us at the creation we catch a glimpse of the creator. That is when we look at those around us we are catching a glimpse of the one who created us, but don't forget you too are a glimpse of that creator. You have within you a reflection of that creator. I think we can choose to reflect that creator or not. Today you can reflect your creator to those around you or not. What will you choose this day?

Lord, we often forget that though you created us you also gave us the free will to strive to be the creation you meant us to be. We can exhibit the hope, the joy, and the love you have to those around us or we can show the opposite. Help us this day to strive to be the creation you meant for us to be and know that as we choose to become a closer reflection of you we always have your Son to help us more clearly live out that reflection. Amen.


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