Recklessly Abandoned

“History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.”~~Napoleon Bonaparte
(http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes_of_the_day.html)

Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is cryophilic, “preferring or thriving at low temperatures.”

Today is yaD drawkcaB. I would try to type part of the blog entry backwards, but it’s too tedious, and I don’t have enough time on Sunday mornings.

The trip home, yesterday, went very smoothly. We stopped for a bite of breakfast, and then one more quick stop at Pirtle Cemetery. Other than that, we made a non-stop “flight” back to home. If you care to look at the picture album that I put together, you can see it on my Facebook page. I set the privacy on the album so that everyone should be able to look at it.

I have to say that I’m pretty emotionally drained from this trip. It’s not just from the sadness of a funeral for a 34-year-old cousin. It’s largely from all the memories that were drummed up by visiting old houses and cemeteries where close relatives are buried. It’s been way too long since I have been out that way. I figure that, sometime this year, we need to take Mama out there to spend some time with her brother.

Today is the last day of January. The high temp for tomorrow, February 1, is predicted to be 76. I don’t really know what to say about that. I’m not going to make any jokes yet, because we still have all of February left in front of us, and that’s usually when we get our worst winter weather.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!
May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah.
May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!
May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!

Psalm 20:1-5

As we look at Psalm 20, we find that it appears to be intercession for the king. “No one can sustain leadership without support of the people’s prayers.” The prayers of the people are more important than the taxes, industry, and intelligence of the people. “The best thing we can do for another is pray for him or her.” In light of this, I can’t help but wonder how many “Christians” have prayed for President Obama over the past eight years.

“I pray for those set over me in government and church. Strengthen them in their leadership, support them with your grace, keep them open to your justice and mercy, use them as instruments for your will.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

Today’s reading is “Do You See Your Calling?”

. . . set apart for the gospel of God . . .
Romans 1:1

What is the primary nature of our calling? Chambers insists that, rather than being called to be holy men and women, we are called to be proclaimers of the Gospel. “The one thing that is all important is that the Gospel of God should be realized as the abiding Reality.” Our goodness, humility, holiness, heaven and hell; these are not the ultimate “Reality.” Redemption is Reality, and “the need to perceive this is the most vital need of the Christian worker today.” Our own holiness is an effect, not a cause, “and if we place our faith in human goodness, in the effect of Redemption, we shall go under when the test comes.”

In the beginning verse of Romans, it is important to note that Paul did not separate or “set apart” himself. It was God who separated him, set him apart. We must not become infatuated with our own character; we must be recklessly abandoned to God, allowing God to separate us, to set us apart to proclaim his Gospel.

Father, help me to keep my eyes off of my self and my own holiness, or lack thereof. My character is not the most important thing; it is not Reality. The Gospel is reality; redemption is reality; making disciples is reality. Teach me how to do this, and then lead me to someone to teach. Teach me to be recklessly abandoned to your Gospel.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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