Waive Your Rights

“The good is always the enemy of the best.”

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“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.” ― Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is hypnagogic, which means, “of or relating to drowsiness,” or, “inducing drowsiness.” I’m in a hypnagogic state this morning.

Today is Towel Day. And yes, it is a tribute to Douglas Adams. Don’t forget your towel.

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!
I am about to reveal the order of the top four finalists in The Voice. I am somewhat disappointed in how they finished, as my favorite came in fourth place.

4. Laith Al-Saadi
3. Hannah Huston
2. Adam Wakefield
1. Alisan Porter

In fact, my two favorites came in fourth and third. I wasn’t exactly unhappy with the results, though, as I have though Alisan Porter was pretty amazing, most of the way through. Adam Wakefield was a bit of a “sleeper,” though, kind of quietly rising to the top of the field each week with his soulful country style. We haven’t watched Monday night’s performance episode, yet, and we have our bi-monthly prayer gathering tonight, so we weren’t going to be able to watch tonight. For that reason (and it’s almost impossible not to find out, these days), we decided to stay up and watch it last night. Which is why I’m in a hypnagogic state this morning.

It’s Wednesday. Only Wednesday. The good news is that we have a long weekend coming up. The not so good news is it looks like it’s going to rain all day on Memorial Day, which is the day we had planned to go to Scarborough Faire. Saturday looks nice, though, so we may go then.

The Red Sox beat the Rockies 8-3 last night, and Jackie Bradley, Jr. extended his hitting streak to 28. Baltimore lost, so the Red Sox are in first place! The Rangers beat the Halos 4-1. Unfortunately, Seattle also won, so the Rangers remain 1.5 behind the Mariners.

One other thing. Today would have been my parents’ wedding anniversary. 59 years. My mother has been struggling a bit the last couple of days. If you’re the praying type, would you please say a prayer for her? I talked with her last night, and she said that, for some reason, this year is harder than last year. Perhaps it was that last year, the shock of his passing was still fresh. May God bring his comfort to you today and hold you in his loving arms.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
This will please the LORD more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs.
When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive.
For the LORD hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.
Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and everything that moves in them.
For God will save Zion and build up the cities of Judah, and people shall dwell there and possess it;
the offspring of his servants shall inherit it, and those who love his name shall dwell in it.

Psalm 69:30-36

“The great songs of praise are sung by those who have known the intensity of pain, the desperation of doubt, and the abyss of rejection.” To people like these, the love and salvation of God are seen as resurrection and rescue.

“I praise you, merciful Father, that you have not led me in a way bound by grim duty and joyless servitude, but in one that, though it traverses ‘the valley of the shadow,’ always leads to ‘the house of the Lord’ (Psalm 23:4, 6). Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

The Test of Self-Interest

Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.
Genesis 13:9

Abraham is talking to Lot in this verse, allowing him to choose which direction they should go when they split up. He rightfully could have chosen the most luxurious of the places, but allowed Lot to choose first. Many choices and prospects will come our way in the life of faith, and some of them would be ours by right, “but if you are living the life of faith you will exercise your right to waive your rights, and let God choose for you.”

There is a lot of clamoring about rights, these days, especially in the camp of “religious liberty,” which, oddly enough, is something that the Bible never guarantees us. In fact, if people would actually read the book, they would take note that it guarantees quite the opposite. Nevertheless, there is a large group of “Christians” who are insisting that politicians uphold their religious liberties and “rights.”

However, there is a “discipline by means of which the natural is transformed into the spiritual by obedience to the voice of God,” and that involves waiving our rights and letting God choose our path. “Whenever right is made the guidance in the life it will blunt the spiritual insight.” The greatest enemy in our lives is not sin, but the “good.”

“The good is always the enemy of the best.”

Father, I all too often fall into the trap of insisting on what is mine by right. I pray for the inspiration and guidance of your Spirit to press me to waive my rights and let you choose what is best for me instead of what is simply “right” or “good.”

Come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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