Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. | Psalm 34:14 Last week, I was swimming and completely in the “zone,” when I suddenly collided with another swimmer who had entered the lane without alerting me … Continue reading
Even the darkness is not dark to You; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with You. (Psalm 139:12) There’s enough darkness in the world to discourage even the most optimistic of us. Around every … Continue reading
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember Your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all Your works and consider all your mighty deeds. (Psalm 77:11-12) As we head into 2018, most people are … Continue reading
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Guest Author: Becky Musgrove | follow Before reading on, check out Part 1 of this post! Aroma that Spreads. The dictionary definition of aroma gives insight to its powerful presence and effect: “a distinctive, pervasive,…
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Guest Author: Becky Musgrove | follow For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. | 2 Corinthians 2:15 I’ve always loved the smell…
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. | Romans 12:2
It’s that time of year again. That time when we resolve to do all sorts of good things to make our lives better and more productive. This year, I’m taking a new approach: What if, instead of resolving to do more in the new year, I resolved to do less? (Gasp) Yes, you heard me right. Less instead of more. Those very words go against my grain. I am naturally a “doer”—when I see something that needs to be done, my instinct is to do something about it. Most weeks, my free time is divvied up to the max, yet I always seem to be adding “just one more thing” to the list. So, instead, I’m going to be more intentional about prioritizing and taking time to slow down. I realize this may be a seemingly impossible task for most of us, but just take a few minutes with me to consider the implications this could have for your life in 2017. Continue reading
Today I got to go on a long, quiet run. It had rained all night and into the morning, so few other people had yet to venture out into the grey day. After a stormy night the morning had dawned cold, damp, and still, but a few miles into my run the sun came out, and in the wet morning the trees sparkled. It seems like spring has come rather slowly this year—it always does when a lovely sunny day is followed by a plunge in temperatures that forces me to reach again for my winter coat. But today new life was undeniably all around me.
As I ran, I couldn’t help thinking that nature was playing out the drama of the Easter weekend we just celebrated. Through the night of Good Friday it is dark and ominous, and the world feels mournful and crumbling at the seams. When the storm subsides, we wait in the cold, still place between death and life. But in the morning—oh, in the morning! Hope springs new, and the resurrection sun pierces the darkness, and we can shout with the chorus of the song: “I’m alive, I’m alive because He lives!” Continue reading
I love giving gifts. And I love wrapping them almost as much—not just for the obvious aesthetic appeal, but for the challenge of making each one look different and unique from all of the other gifts under the tree. Have you ever noticed, though, that there’s always at least one gift that doesn’t turn out the way you had hoped?
Have you ever eagerly taken a drink of water, expecting it to be cool and refreshing, but instead found yourself resisting the urge to spit it out? When I’m in the middle of a long bike ride, the last thing I want is warm water. Unfortunately, when I’m miles from my car or the nearest restroom, and the hot sun has long since melted the ice in my water bottle, it’s the best I’m going to get (even if it does little to quench my thirst).
This is the uncomfortable scenario that comes to mind when I read Christ’s rebuke of the church in Laodicea:
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. (Revelation 3:15-16)
There’s a continuing debate in business circles about the importance of “doing the right thing” vs. “doing things right.” Basically, it boils down to this: The former focuses on the end goal or desired outcome in light of the bigger picture, while the latter takes into account the details and necessary steps needed to accomplish the task or reach the goal. In an ideal world, both would be equally important, and it would be about “doing the right things right.”
As I thought about this delineation between two seemingly good and “right” approaches, it occurred to me that we often prioritize one at the expense of the other in our own lives. We get so bogged down in the details that we forget the overall focus. (Think: We’re so busy with “doing” that we lose sight of the whole point—knowing Christ and becoming more like Him.) Or, we focus so much on accomplishing the task, itself, that we overlook the details. And let’s face it—sometimes, the how and why matter just as much as the end result. Continue reading