Randy's Reflections
July 19, 2017, 11:41 AM

Summer Words


Integrity

This is a word I have heard a lot It speaks of being transparent, of being integrated, of being consistent, and of being authentic. What you see is what you get sounds good, but rarely do we want others get what is good. We make too many excuses. We make too many exceptions, for we are only human, right? I think being a person of integrity is something we would like to accomplish, but without God’s grace we will fail miserably. Therefore, let us strive to walk our talk and seek forgiveness when we fail. Then let us ask God to redeem our failures, perhaps that is what true integrity is, knowing that whatever integrity we have is only because God has covered for us. And he will not fail us.

Lord, thank you for your confidence in us. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to try to be consistent in our attitude, our attempts at integrity, and our actions. Thank you for picking up the pieces that we let fall from our failures and the pieces which we have caused as well. We are grateful that we have you in control of our destiny as well as the destiny of this world. Help us to continue to strive to grow into the person of integrity you have planned for us to be. We humbly pray. Amen.




July 19, 2017, 11:40 AM

Summer Words


Inspiration

This is the fuel of life for me. This is also God-given for me. It is only something or someone outside of myself that gives me inspiration. I don’t have an inspiration button or gene or neuron which gives me energy, but I certainly experience inspiration on a daily basis. I believe that when I come up against a problem or a barrier or a dead end God will give me a way out. It may mean consequences not to my liking but it helps me move forward in life. Inspiration helps me grow and that is transforming about God-given inspiration.

Lord, help us to recognize the inspiration you give us. Help us to seek you inspiration for our problems or concerns. Help us to know that the solutions to our problems or concerns are for our benefit. As we are surprised by your inspiration in our lives let us give thanks that we can be inspired to be transformed into someone beyond our imagination. Amen.




July 17, 2017, 7:26 PM

Summer Words


Impatient

Is this something we learn or is it something that comes naturally? If you observe children you will find that when they want something they want it now. Catering to their desires will only make matters worse and soon they expect or feel they are entitled to what they want immediately. Yet don’t we appreciate possessions, achievements, and relationships the longer it takes to cultivate them? Being impatient can mean we have a desire for something and God gives us desires, but along with that desire we need to learn to be patient to fulfill that desire. Let us be impatient about those things which would make the world better, like love, justice and peace, but let us be patient about those things which satisfy us possessions, achievements, and relationships.

Lord, thank you that we have desires and expectations to receive that which is good. Help us to be patient for those things which enrich our lives, but be impatient for those things which enrich the world. Help us to yearn for a speedy resolution for a world that needs love, justice and peace, but be willing to be patient as we seek our role in this endeavor. Give us the an urgency to help others but patience to help ourselves. Amen.