Carried Away

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.~~Havelock Ellis
(BrainyQuote)

Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is passel, which means “a group or lot of indeterminate number.” We might say, “a whole bunch,” or, simply, “a lot.”

Today is Single Tasking Day. As much as some people pride themselves on their ability to “multi-task,” it is actually quite inefficient. Today, try to focus on one thing at a time.

Yesterday seems like a very smooth day. Christi and I went out for a little bit, to get some dog and cat food, and pick up a cheap phone for our new land line with Charter. Not that we ever intend to use it. It’s not even really a “land line,” per se, it’s VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol). We probably won’t even give anyone the number, except for immediate family.

The installation went very smoothly. It took a little while, because the guy had to run a cable to our house. But he got everything hooked up, and we are getting Internet speeds over 50 Mbps from the router we bought at Best Buy. He questioned as he was bringing in equipment, “Y’all aren’t getting Wi-Fi??” We told him we bought our own router. That way we aren’t renting one from Charter, which would make our monthly cost higher. He took a look at the one we bought, at my request, and said it would work fine, and it does. In fact, it took me, maybe, ten minutes to get it set up and working.

We’re getting ready for our worship gathering, this morning, at The Exchange. We begin at 10:15 at the Northpark YMCA at 9100 N. Beach in Fort Worth. Come join us, if you’re in the area!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.
O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

Psalm 30:1-5

“‘The man who in the darkness took in the dark guest to sit by his fireside finds in the morning that she is transfigured and her name is Gladness’ (Alexander Maclaren, The Psalms, 1:284). Hard experience offered to God results in the discovery that joy and blessing permeate life.” How often do we offer up our “hard experiences” to God? It is far better to do this than to sit in self-pity, bemoaning our circumstances.

“Dear God, you have set joy and salvation all around me. Neither grief nor destruction can hold me in sorrow or despair. I praise you for this day, created for joy, in Christ Jesus. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

Today’s reading is “Have You Ever Been Carried Away for Him?”

She has done a beautiful thing to me. Mark 14:6

“If human love does not carry a man beyond himself, it is not love.” If what we are experiencing is wise, sensible, and calculating, it is not love.

Chambers addresses one of his favorite topics in today’s reading, that of being totally abandoned to the Lord. Have we ever been completely “carried away” to do a thing for God, not out of a sense of duty, but because we love him? We can do things that are of value to God, “not Divine colossal things which could be recorded as marvelous, but ordinary, simple human things which will give evidence to God that I am abandoned to Him.” This follows the theme of recent readings, which all focus on doing the ordinary things, doing that “next thing.”

Being abandoned to God, opines Chambers, is more valuable than “personal holiness.” When we strive for holiness, we are focused on “our own whiteness.” We pay great attention to how we walk and talk, and we are fearful that we might offend God. “Perfect love casts out all that when once we are abandoned to God.” Are we of any use to God? Probably not. But we can be of value to him. What’s the difference? When we are concerned about being of use to God, we are always focused on what we can do for him. But if we are abandoned to God, “He works through us all the time,” and we are not really thinking about it.

Father, teach me to be carried away with my living to you. May I learn to be abandoned to you, so that you can work through me without me having to think about it and plan it. Teach me that my focus need not be on holiness, but on doing the ordinary things of life out of a sense of abandonment to you.

Come, Lord Jesus!!

Grace and peace, friends.

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