Randy's Reflections
July 3, 2017, 10:32 AM

Summer Words


Goodness is not always easy to find. Most of us know the difference between good and evil. And most of us find it pretty easy to be good as opposed to bad. But true goodness is like love, it is hardest when all around you it is not evident. Goodness is God's glory in action. We find it the first creation story in Genesis 1. When all there was was darkness and chaos God made the earth and all that was in it and saw it as 'very good." True goodness means to follow God and take the initiative to do that which is right and beautiful. That is goodness found.

Lord, help me to recognize when I am called to bring goodness to my situation. I know that goodness is not that which is fair, but that which is needed. You saw the chaos, you saw the darkness and out of those you created order and your gave light. Help us, in our small way, to bring goodness to a world which cries for relief from all that is unsettling knowing there is a better way. Amen.

July 1, 2017, 1:00 PM

Summer Words


Here is the challenge for you this morning. What does the word glory mean to you? Send me what you think.

Lord, thank you that we have words. Thank you that we have words that we can use to express ourselves. Thank you that there are words which others can use to express themselves. Thank that there are words which you use to speak to us. Help us to hear your words, but most of all thank your for the Word, your son. Amen.

June 30, 2017, 6:07 PM

Summer Words


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.