It's so easy to lose sight of the working of God around us, isn't it? I mean, we spend most of our days looking out for ourselves, our families, our homes and, so often, we miss those little events happening in the surrounding world. This fall, our church is studying the Gospel of Mark, the … Continue reading The Great Value of Looking Around
Our society is filled with noise and busyness. Even out in the American countryside, there is noise. Air conditioners, cars, weed eaters, airplanes outside… even inside our homes there is constant noise. Ever heard a refrigerator or ceiling fan? A dishwasher? An air conditioner? If you say, “No,” then you’ve probably become accustomed to having your ears filled with noise.
Yesterday, my new bride and I visited my bank to get her name on the accounts, and, while such a move may seem harmless at first glance, it was a major step for me. You see, for the last 25 years I have been financially independent. Calling my own shots. The Big Cheese. But now...
To cease striving in order to focus on who God is is a vital step in living a life that is right-side-up. It means, basically, "Let go and let God." Ever heard that? I used to think simple phrases like that one were fairly flippant but now I see that what Psalm 46 is saying is basically, "Let go" of your desire for control, "and let God" deal with it.
When Jesus is at the center of your life — at the center of your thoughts, at the focus of your attitudes and actions — life is great isn't it? But it is very hard to keep your focus on Him when the worries and anxieties of life overwhelm you. When the storm blows waves higher than your waist and you're walking on water it is amazingly tough to focus on the One calling you towards Him above the waterline. Life always seems to have a way to interrupt the holiest of moments, doesn't it?
Sing us a song, you're the piano man Sing us a song tonight Well, we're all in the mood for a melody And you've got us feelin' alright "The Piano Man," lyric by Billy Joel, 1973 On Saturday evening Shannon and I attended a unique night of music and elegance at the Monroe Symphony Orchestra. … Continue reading In Search of Escape: A Lesson from The Piano Man