Saturday, February 16, 2008
Yesterday's devotion really should be what we are about ... the Father's business. But I'm learning some interesting stuff. If we spend so much time worrying about our Father's business or our friends', families' or bosses' business, who is living our life?
Chambers had it right when he said that our lives must be devoted to building His Kingdom because once we have the truth, there is only one thing that can happen ... either we build or we tear down, but we must take action. Our action becomes the example for everyone around us. EVERYONE.
No pressure ;-)
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I think the perception is that it did, but Samuel still had work to do. We all have work and that work is made easier if we listen, hear, and follow the instructions the first time.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Yeah, well, that's exactly how God feels when He gives us commandments. Chambers says there is no willful disobedience ... I know there is! I knew much of the time that I was doing the wrong thing. I know even more fully when I do the wrong things now. Yet, I did them and do them anyway.
That's painful to the Lord, but I think it's more hurtful when we don't listen because we cannot hear. We are just so busy with all the day to day, the routine, the idols (and sometime American Idols ;-), and we miss the subtleties of God's instructions for us. We miss the personal moments, meant only for us, that are lost forever because our hearing is poor.
I'm going to try harder to listen tomorrow ... how about you?
Monday, February 11, 2008
The amazing thing was that my "problems" seemed incredibly insignificant and it wasn't even possible to focus on them for any length of time. All I wanted to do was focus on other people and other things outside of myself. Yet, because of my "condition," I couldn't stick around too long. My prayer was very short, but I hope they will get longer.
I anxious to see what it will be like to add my imagination with my thoughts about God's creations. I'll let you know how it goes ;-)
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Well, let's be real, shall we? I started praying for myself, my small little self, and all the power went out of the effort. "One of the reasons of stultification in prayer is that there is no imagination, no power of putting ourselves deliberately before God." Yeah, do you know what stultification means. Man, when I read the definition, I just shook my head ... ya ready?
- To render useless or ineffectual; cripple.
- To cause to appear stupid, inconsistent, or ridiculous.
- Law To allege or prove insane and so not legally responsible.
And as I read the quote from the devotional today again, I thought about using my imagination to put myself "deliberately before God," as if I were really at His feet praying. If I am that close to His presence, working hard mentally to stay off the "irresponsible" aspects of my life, then perhaps I can stay more focused on the useful, smart and amazing causes of the Lord. Granted, the Lord needs to hear my concerns, but not in the context of an idolatrous relationship with my problems, but one of surrendering those problems at the feet of God.
Hhmm, I'm looking forward to praying tonight ;-)
Yesterday's message is an interesting way to look at service ... through us, others are nourished by God. And quite often they will suck you dry. Man, how many times have I complained of being thoroughly exhausted by an event or the whole of a calling? I really don't want to count!
But if I were focused on what the Lord will provide me through that service ... what He provides us when we are totally focused on Him ... then I would never be exhausted. Wait a minute ... could we forget the energy drinks, caffeine, and other things that are supposed to give us energy? Because all we apparently need is to be nourished by God through word and deed -- His word and deed, building His kingdom and establishing His righteousness.
I'm going to try that as soon as I can (right after I finish my Diet Pepsi ... argh!)
Friday, February 8, 2008
"Why haven't we been told this before?"
Check it out ... there were a few points that I didn't agree with, but this man is getting a lot of the right concepts ... it's very interesting. We could have told him this a long time ago ;-)
Thursday, February 7, 2008
So that begs the question ... what have I been receiving in my prayers or as instruction from the prophets that has caused me to doubt the Lord by doubting myself? Thinking of the last calling I received ... I doubted all over the place. And what was the result? I really just ended up confused and frustrated, feeling very sorry for myself. But when I let go of the doubt in myself I was able to enjoy the confusion (oh, yeah, there was still confusion ;-). Everything came easier because I wasn't worried about what I couldn't do.
So what doubts do you have in the Lord's instruction or your confirmation in prayers are you holding on to?
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
"Tell God you are ready to be offered, and God will prove Himself to be all you ever dreamed He would be." As I read this devotion I thought of Alma and the seed of faith (Alma 32) ... it just needs a place to grow. So I wonder if it is the same with this concept? If I just say that I'm ready, will God help me be more?
** Side note: James boarded for his Eagle rank and ......... HE IS AN EAGLE SCOUT! Woohoo! **
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Now, I'm not saying that I don't have talents ... I'm definitely good at a few things ;-) and could be good at probably many things. But as I look at the lives that have been brought to the forefront in these past few days (Hinckley, Monson, Eyring, Uchtdorf to name a few), I think of men who did not think about all the things they were "good at" -- ever. I cannot imagine President Monson ever thinking "Man, I'm really good at story telling. That's what I'm going to be known for in my Church service -- parables and stories -- that's the ticket." Egad! That mind boggles with that concept, doesn't it?
"Are you ready to be not so much as a drop in a bucket - to be so hopelessly insignificant that you are never thought of again in connection with the life you served?" Am I ready for that? I don't know if I'm ready for that, but I truly believe that is the answer to my wondering. For example, I've been so concerned about my place at work -- why am I not being utilized for all the great things that I "bring to the table" -- but really, does any of that matter? Not in the context of true service (even service at work) because our lives must be lived not just for Jesus Christ but through Him, doing the things that He would have us do.
Monday, February 4, 2008
I have been most busy with starting school, getting ready for the Valentine's Dance and finding out that we ARE going to be doing a service project in April ... AAAHHH!!!!
I hope to catch up tomorrow. I bet these devotionals are really interesting ;-)
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Gordon B. Hinckley was laid to rest today ... well, his body was laid to rest anyway. He is busy, I'm quite sure, with the work of the kingdom on the other side of the veil with his sweet companion by his side. What must it be like?
I rarely cry at funerals ... actually never had. They have always seemed a joyous occasion to me. It used to be because I thought this life was so worthless, that at least we'd be done with this drudgery. Then, I learned about the Gospel and found that the joy was because of the knowledge of what was to come. The ability to understand where we came from, why we are here and where we are going it abundantly joyful and incredibly powerful.
There is much peace in that knowledge. There is also much peace in the life of a humble servant of God. Can we take a moment and reflect on a life of service and in a sense become greedy for that life? Can we make the object of our existence here, as short as it is in the grand scheme of things, the building up His kingdom on earth? We can ... really, we can ... Gordon B. Hinckley is just one example of one who did. I guess the question is really ... will we? Will you build His kingdom and establish His righteousness, or not?
Friday, February 1, 2008
He says, “We are nowhere commissioned to preach salvation or sanctification …” What? While I agree with his statement a few sentences later … that Christ came to redeem the whole world, not just our puny selves … I find it incongruent to leave salvation and sanctification out of our preaching and teaching.
We have to teach all three ... redemption, salvation and sanctification. I also don't agree that God is annoyed with us ... oh, well, maybe he does get annoyed with us!