The Love of God

Good morning. Unless you’re a Texas Rangers fan. It is Tuesday, October 1, 2013. My Red Sox calendar features. . . what?? Adrian Gonzalez?? He wasn’t even on the Red Sox LAST October!! Guess that’s what happens when you release next year’s calendars in August. 😛

Today is “CD Player Day.” Remember CD Players, kids? You had a round disc, and you put it in a player, and it made music! Hey, that sounds very similar to how I describe records! Hard to believe the CD is going the way of the record. Hard to believe that a CD could ever be described as “lo-tech.” But here we are. Anyway, dust off some of that ancient technology and play a CD today.

The Rangers stumbled around and lost the tie-breaker game to the Rays last night, 5-2. Truthfully, the Rangers were never really in the game. Martin Perez, who has no playoff experience, was foolishly pegged to start this game. Although he occasionally looked sharp, he was not, overall, sharp at all. He struggled finding the strike zone, but hey. So did the home plate ump. That was one of the worst home plate umping jobs I have ever seen in my life. It would have been better if he were calling consistently for both teams, but he was not. The Rangers caught a break late in the game when the field umps botched a trapped ball call, saying that Leonys Martin had caught it. Of course the TBS announcers (why was this game on TBS when it was considered a “regular season game??”) blathered on about that for pretty much the rest of the game. Non of that mattered, though, as the Rangers only managed to eke out two runs. We’ll see them back next year. Fortunately, I still have a pony in this show. And you can bet I’ll be rooting for Cleveland Wednesday night. Probably won’t watch it, though. I just can’t bear the thought of the Rays being in the playoffs again. They have become my second-least favorite team, not too far behind the Evil Empire.

We have Huddle group tonight, so we’ll be up late again. I may go to bed at 8:00pm Wednesday night! I’m sleepy this morning. 😀

Today’s birthday is Julie Andrews, born on this date in 1935, in England. Julie is well known for several musical movies, such as The Sound of Music, and, my favorite of hers, Mary Poppins. Here is the clip of “Supercalifragilistiexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins I have no idea if I spelled that right.

Honorable mentions go to Zach Galifianakis, 44, Jimmy Carter, 89, Tom Bosley, 1927-2010, Richard Harris, 1930-2002, Walter Matthau, 1920-2000, Mark McGwire, 50, George Peppard, 1928-1994, Stella Stevens, 77, Vladamir Horowitz, 1903-1989, Randy Quaid, 63, Rod Carew, 68, Bonnie Parker, 1910-1934, and Paul Dukas, 1865-1935.


God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!
God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.
Psalm 47:5-8
May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!” Psalm 70:4
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. Psalm 50:2

Father, I do pray that all who seek you would find you, especially since no one seeks unless they are drawn. May the whole world someday say, “God is great!” I pray for your glory to be known over all the earth. I also pray that you would show me something this morning that will aid me in the discipline of submission, as I seek to submit to you in every way.

Today’s reading in A Year With God is called “If the Lord Wishes.” The scripture reading is James 4:13-15.

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

James gives us a warning that we really shouldn’t require. No man controls what will happen tomorrow. Life is totally dependent upon God. Sure, there is really no harm in saying that Christi and I are going to Glen Rose next Thursday (WOOT!!), but our attitude should be (and it is) that we will go, as I like to say, “if the Lord says so, too.” I used to hear a broadcaster on KCBI radio station say that years ago. I like that phrase. “If the Lord says so, too.” That’s basically what James says, here. The point is, we must always be looking beyond ourselves. We appeal constantly “to God’s graciousness and guidance.” There’s nothing wrong with planning, as long as we are humbly submissive to God’s plan, seeking his counsel for our lives. Here is a quote from The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, by Hannah Whitall Smith:

“But it really would seem as if God’s own children were more afraid
of His will than of anything else in life–His lovely, lovable will, which
only means loving-kindness and tender mercies, and blessings un-
speakable to their souls! I wish only I could show to every one the
unfathomable sweetness of the will of God. . . .He loves us–loves us, I
say–and the will of love is always blessing for its loved one. Some of us
know what it is to love, and we know that could we only have our way,
our beloved ones would be overwhelmed with blessings. . . . And if this
is the way of love with us, how much more must it be so with our God,
who is love itself! Could we but for one moment get a glimpse into the
mighty depths of His love, our hearts would spring out to meet His will
and embrace it as our richest treasure; and we would abandon ourselves
to it with an enthusiasm of gratitude and joy that such a wondrous
privilege could be ours.”

What a beautiful quote! Would that the whole world could understand the love of God.

Father, I pray that the whole world might know your love. Sadly, there are still people who are under the misunderstanding that you take joy in punishing sinners. Nothing could be further from the truth! Help us to know your love and comprehend your love. Part of my prayer everyday includes Ephesians 3:17-19, in which I pray for certain people to “comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that suprasses knownledge. . .” Can we know that which surpasses knowledge?? Only with the help of your Holy Spirit! So I pray that you fill us with your Spirit, that we might know and comprehend a thing that is unknowable; the “breadth and length and height and depth” of your great love for us! And as we know and experience that love, how much easier it is to submit to your will for our lives. May we be successfully submissive; may we not plan arrogantly, but humbly, with the mindset of, “If the Lord says so, too!”

I pray for this day, that Christi and I will have a good work day and that we might find favor with our employers, working for the prosperity of our companies, that we, in turn would prosper, as well. May we be a shining example of your grace in the workplace, and may we have an opportunity to show someone else your peace. I pray that you would overwhelm Stephanie with your steadfast love today, and comfort her spirit, as she is sad today.

Father, I also pray that you would enable us, your people, to have open eyes and hearts; that we might notice those people around us every day, who are normally “invisible.” There are so many hurting people around us. We cannot help them all, not individually. But help us to be more aware. We might be able to help one, if we would simply be a little less self-absorbed. Help us to think beyond ourselves, Father.

Dive into his love today. It is like nothing else you’ve ever known.

Grace and peace, friends.

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