Good morning. It is Monday morning, March 10, 2014. After the disaster that happened yesterday, having 90% of what I had been typing for the past two hours completely disappear, I am trying something a little different today. I’m using MS Word to write the post and then have it uploaded to WordPress. I’ve never tried this before, so we shall see how it works out.
Today is Day of Awesomeness! What a great name for a holiday, right? So be awesome at whatever you do today!
We had a really good time yesterday, visiting with Rachel and Justin. On the way up to Denton, we passed a strange caravan, though. As we approached, we saw police lights on one vehicle, but it seemed to be moving in the flow of traffic. As we got closer, it appeared that there was a bus in front of the police vehicle, which turned out to be a Denton County Sheriff vehicle. The bus was completely black, with no windows. In front of the bus was a Justin Police Department vehicle, and in front of that one was a Ponder Police Department vehicle. Obviously, this was some sort of prisoner transport. It was rather eerie.
When we got to Denton, we met the new cat, Max, so named because, well, he’s pretty max! A very large, yet not at all obese, black and white cat that weighs eighteen pounds. He’s about as friendly as they come, too. We went to lunch at a place called Luigi’s, where we had Italian food. I had pizza, Christi had lasagna, and Stephanie had, as she does whenever it is available, the “pasta combo.” The pizza was a bit disappointing, actually. Christi said the sauce tasted like it came from a can. Oh, well. After lunch, we went to a place called Sugar Queen Cupcakes. Wow! This place is amazing. Not a huge variety, as it is a fairly small shop, but there were probably eight or ten different flavors of cupcakes in the showcase; white chocolate strawberry, wedding cake, birthday cake, cream cheese lime, red velvet cake, peanut butter chocolate, and more. We got a variety, which Rachel actually paid for (it’s my birthday this week), ate some at Rachel’s place and took the rest home with us. It was a great visit.
As already mentioned, I only work three days this week, and I am off the rest, to celebrate my birthday. As is our custom, we will be visiting our favorite cabin in Glen Rose, the Cedar House at Paluxy River Bed Cabins. We can hardly wait. Just typing that name relaxes me!
(Source: Christian History Institute)
On this date in 1747, John Newton, “ a sailor on a slave ship, is converted to Christianity during a huge storm at sea.” He would go on to not only become a zealous abolitionist, himself, but to also write one of the most famous and well-loved hymns in history, “Amazing Grace.”
(From The Divine Hours)
“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD.
Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come;
you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
The words of the LORD are pure words,
like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.
Today’s reading in Reflections for Ragamuffins is “Priorities.”
The majority of conversations in middle-class America seem to revolve around the following topics: “what to buy, what was just bought, where to eat, what to eat, the price of the neighbor’s house, what’s on sale this week, our clothes or someone else’s, the best car on the market this year, where to spend a vacation.” We are entrenched in consumerism and can’t stop “eating shopping, or consuming.” Our success is not measured in terms of “love, wisdom, and maturity but by the size of one’s pile of possessions.”
The disciple of Christ can afford to be different. How much we love the cross is directly proportional to how we are able to deal with the “powers and enticements of the world.” When we succeed in being dead to the world, but alive in Christ, we can say, along with Paul, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” (Philippians 4:11-12)
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.
Father, I pray that you teach me to be content with what I have. Teach me to stop consuming. I understand, of course, that I cannot stop eating, at least not for very long. The point is not in the eating. The point is in the priorities, as the title of the reading suggests. Our priority needs to be in serving you, pleasing you, not in impressing our neighbors or garnering human respect. Truthfully, I should care not what any other human thinks of me. I should only care about what effect your grace and the cross of Christ are having on my life. Teach me your ways, that I may walk in your truth.
I pray for this day. May you keep me safe between work and home as I travel today. I pray that the day’s work will go well. I also pray for Christi’s interview with UTSW this afternoon, that she might find favor with the one doing the interview, and that, perhaps, this might result in a job offer. May your will be done, and we accept it, graciously. I pray for Stephanie today, that you would draw her closer to you heart and teach her wisdom and understanding. I pray your grace and mercy in Rachel and Justin’s lives today.
Your grace is sufficient.
May we learn to stop being a bunch of consumers and, rather, be the body of Christ.
Grace and peace, friends.