Randy's Reflections
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June 30, 2017, 6:07 PM

Summer Words

Gifted

What does it mean to be gifted? Usually it means to be able to do something easily seen which helps a person stand out from others. Sometimes it is in academics, sometimes it is in public speaking, sometimes it is visual arts, and sometimes it is just in being a good listener. I believe we are all gifted. We can't always see the giftedness in a person, but we can certainly seek to find out what it is. If we spent as much time helping others find out their giftedness and celebrating it with them as we do judging others in their lack of compentancy I think we would run out of time. Let's try to find ways we can encourage others in their giftedness and not expect them to have the gifts we think are most important, for God is the giver of gifts and God does not give gifts that are worthless.

Lord, help us to see the giftedness in others. Help us to help others explore the realm of possibiities within them. Help us to recgonize the gifts you give us and to help others discover their giftedness. We know that every good and perfect gift comes from you, James 1:17. Help us to affirm the giftedness in others and give thanks for the giftedness we have been given. May we use our giftedness to bring glory to your name so that all may praise you. Amen.




June 29, 2017, 11:32 AM

Summer Words

Gentleness

This is a calming word for me. This is a word of tenderness. This is a word of peacefulness. This is not a word used often in a fast-paced, hard-hitting, achievement oriented world like the bay area, but it is a word that helps us focus on the more pleasant things of life. This is a word which I long to experience when I have been bruised and battered during my day. This is a word which reminds me of Jesus as our Shepherd always looking out for our best interests. This is a word which brings healing to the body and soothes the soul. Oh, if this were a word that directed our lives I think we would smile more often and be more attractive to a hurting and harassed world.

Lord, help me to embody your gentleness in treating myself and others with more compassion and care. Lord, help me to receive your care for my soul and offer that care to others. Help me to offer calmness in the midst of chaos, to provide assurance when surrounded by uncertianty, and a loving touch when discomfort threatens to rule our lives. Lord, thank you for your gentleness in my life. Amen.




June 28, 2017, 2:38 PM

Summer Words

Fruit

That which is evidence of our commitment and work, though not always. I love to see what my hard work has produced, but then it is not always evident. I guess it is good just to hear every once in a while that you make a difference. It is nice to have someone give you a compliment. It is great to see something good happen and to know you were a part of that. As long as we don't only judge ourselves or others by what we see. There are a lot of times when we won't get to see the fruit of our efforts. As Paul says, some are here to plant, others to water, and still others to harvest. Let us seek to follow our calling and not worry about receiving the praise.

Lord, you created us, you guide us, you love us, that is all we really need. It is wonderful to hear good things about ourselves but help us to give you the glory for the good things that happen and for guiding our words and work. Lord, I pray that we will get to see some of the good fruit that comes from our efforts, but help us be mindful that you are the source and you are the one who gives us the opportunity, all we need to do is respond. Thank you for that opportunity.

Amen.


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