Randy's Reflections
July 1, 2017, 1:00 PM

Summer Words


Glory

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


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.