Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’
This is a lesson for many of us today.
So many of us feel we should be rewarded for just showing up in life and we teach this to our children. We start this “you are special just for showing up” at a very young age.
Participation trophies, attendance awards, etc., these are meant to make the mediocre special.
No wonder we now throw around hollow and meaningless compliments like pennies in a wishing well.
This feeling of mediocracy as something to celebrate spreads into our adult lives. We have a government that swears by it and promotes it. We have mass media that follows suit. Continue reading
As I was reading through 1 Samuel I came across more examples of how music is truly a wonderful gift from God. These verses demonstrate the power of moving air in waves at various frequencies to produce a healing and enlightening power. These are the things they never teach about music in school.
1 Samuel 10:4-6
And they will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which you shall accept from their hand. After that you shall come to Gibeath-elohim, where there is a garrison of the Philistines. And there, as soon as you come to the city, you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and lyre before them, prophesying. Then the Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.
Samuel, the last Judge of Israel, is explaining to Saul what will happen as he is to become the first king of Israel. Continue reading
But you say, ‘What a weariness this is”, and you snort at it, says the LORD of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the LORD. Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished. For I am a great King, says the LORD of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations.
I’m just about all the way through the Old Testament on this go round with the Bible.
This verse spoke to me beyond the literal interpretation.
Animal sacrifices are obviously an antiquated idea.
They existed in Biblical times to drive home the seriousness of sin. Through these sacrifices you atoned or paid for your sin.
The price was steep. You sacrificed your best. You sacrificed your unblemished, your males who could produce quality off spring, the males that could grow your flock and enrich your wealth.
You give your best to God because God comes first. By not giving your best you anger God and hurt yourself. Continue reading
Over the past twelve months, my writing has diminished, and I wasn’t sure why.
When I moved last year it threw all my habits into a tailspin. I started working from home, which at first I thought would really increase the amount of time I spent writing. But over the months my writing time became less and less. I tried very hard to at least maintain my habit of reading my Bible every morning but even that decreased.
Working from my home no longer required me to get up two hours prior to my start time. When I commuted to my job I had to get up, use the toilet, shower, shave, decide on my attire for the day, get dressed, eat breakfast, bring in the newspaper, and some days I had to shovel snow and scrape ice off my car.
Now if I want to start work at 7:00 AM I can lay in bed until 6:50 AM, which leaves me enough time to use the toilet and get a cup of coffee and voila, I’m at work. Continue reading
In peace I will both lie down and sleep. For you alone O Lord make me dwell in safety.
I read this the other morning as I was doing my daily morning ritual.
Reading the Bible every morning is a habit I started about six or seven years ago maybe longer. I’m not exactly sure when I made it part of my daily ritual but I know it was before I made the decision to leave behind the stress and frustration of my management position.
I was looking for contentment in my life, serenity to take the place of the chaos and pressure I was experiencing every day on my job. The chaos and pressure always made its way into my mornings, evenings, weekends, holidays and vacations.
I was not able to lie down and sleep in peace. Continue reading
This is a follow up to my previous post “For Comfort and Convenience”. The post was about how the Israelites were willing to give up a piece of their freedom for a king. They still wanted a king even after being duly warned by Samuel. They wanted someone to fight their battles, someone to give them comfort and convenience and they were willing to give up a piece of their freedom.
After writing that post, I began to think more about a verse in 1 Samuel 8, verse 7.
And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.
God says, “but they have rejected me from being king over them”. Continue reading
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
What is James talking about in these verses? He is talking about personal responsibility.
He is telling us that temptation and sin are of our own doing. We are not puppets and God is pulling the strings. We are all free individuals able to make our own decisions and choices. And with freedom comes responsibility, personal responsibility. Continue reading