Randy's Reflections
July 15, 2017, 12:08 PM

Summer Words


The last three days I have been helping my brother-in-law paint a two-story house. It is an ominous task. Each day when we end I marvel at what we have accomplished and yet I also look with concern about what we still have to do. Each night I go to bed hopeful that this endeavor will end well. Whenever we look at some overwhelming task we need to remember that we don’t have to do it on our own. We have not only a community on which we can call for help, but we have a God who will be there to help us through that overwhelming task or event. No matter what concerns you have for the future know that God is there for you. Your task may be longer than a week of painting, but just think of the satisfaction when the job is finished. That is what I am trying to do.

Lord, we all have challenges to meet. We all have jobs that need to finished. We all have concerns which cause us some anxiety. But we also all have a God who walks with us, cheers for us, and gives us friends who provide a helping hand, or heart. Lord, help us to be ever grateful for your faithfulness and let us be hopeful for the future which holds heavenly surprises for us. Amen.

July 12, 2017, 7:08 PM

Summer Words


Is this something we do for all people or do they have to earn it? I think God wants us to do this for all people. Doesn’t it mean we have to agree or accept their choices? I don’t think so, but it does mean we have to treat them with respect and honesty. If they say or do something wrong we can still honor them, but we can also confront them. We can disagree with them. We can tell them what we think is wrong, but we need to treat them with as one of God’s creatures. To honor someone does not mean we need to revere them, but it does mean we need to respect them.

Lord, help us to treat others with the same respect you have given us. You are willing to accept our choices, may not agree, but accept. You are willing to offer us your love and grace and so we need to do to all others as well. Help us Lord, to offer others what you offer us, but also help us to voice our concerns if we have any. Honor requires us to treat others with honesty. Amen.

July 12, 2017, 7:07 PM

Summer Words


At first glance this is something we all commend. Yet can we go through a full day without being dishonest? Are we honest at stop signs? Are we honest when someone needs a compliment? Are we honest when someone asks us how we really are (How are you?)? Perhaps a better word to have first on our list is compassion. Compassion not toward our self, but compassion toward others. If we are dishonest, is it because we are trying to avoid the consequences or is it because we are trying to care for another. I don’t advocate dishonesty, but if we are being painfully honest who is truly suffering?

Lord, help us to be honest with ourselves. Lord, help us to be honest with you. Lord, help us to better discern when we are dishonest, is it to save face or is it to help another? Lord, help us to hear your voice and be more concerned about honesty with ourselves, that asking others to be completely honest with us. Amen.