Today is Friday, August 19, 2016! Today is S’s birthday! She is 23 today! Happy birthday!!!
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” – Dr. Seuss
Mesmerism – a compelling attraction; fascination.
Today is World Humanitarian Day. May we all see what we can do about either supporting or engaging with some kind of world humanitarian organization.
Today is the day! I slept until 9:15 this morning. That doesn’t happen very often, not even on a normal weekend morning. Of course, I stayed up until mumblemumblemumble o’clock last night, playing No Man’s Sky.
S has already opened her birthday presents, and the birthday cake is cooked. Homemade strawberry cake, from a recipe provided by a good friend of my mother. I’m not sure what we are doing first, this morning. Possible getting those pedicures done, followed by some lunch.
Since today is a special day, I want to see who has the same birthday as S. Besides our beloved son-in-law, J, she shares a birthday with these people:
232–Marcus Aurelius Probus, Roman Emperor
1843–C.I. Scofield, Scofield Reference Bible
1871–Orville Wright, American aviation pioneer
1883–Coco Chanel, French clothing designer
1902–Ogden Nash, American poet
1906–Philo Farnsworth, American inventor (electronic television)
1919–Malcolm Forbes, American publisher
1921–Gene Rodenberry, American television producer (Star Trek)
1931–Willie Shoemaker, American jockey
1935–Bobby Richardson, American baseball player
1938–Diana Muldaur, American actress (Star Trek:TNG)
1939–Ginger Baker, English musician (Cream)
1940–Jill St. John, American actress (Diamonds Are Forever)
1940–Johnny Nash, American singer-songwriter (I Can See Clearly Now)
1942–Fred Thompson, American actor (Law & Order)
1945–Ian Gillan, English singer (Deep Purple)
1946–Bill Clinton, 42nd POTUS
1948–Tipper Gore, Second Lady of the U.S.
1948–Gerald McRaney, American actor (Major Dad)
1951–John Deacon, English musician (Queen)
1952–Jonathan Frakes, American actor and director (Star Trek:TNG)
1955–Ned Yost, American baseball player and manager
1955–Peter Gallagher, American actor
1958–Gary Gaetti, American baseball player
1960–Ron Darling, American baseball player and announcer
1963–John Stamos, American actor (Full House)
1965–Kevin Dillon, American actor
1965–Kyra Sedgwick, American actress (The Closer), married to Kevin Bacon
1969–Matthew Perry, American actor (Friends)
1970–Jeff Tam, American baseball player
1975–Tracie Thoms, American actress
1978–Chris Capuano, American baseball player
1979–Dave Douglas, American musician (Relient K)
1982–J.J. Hardy, American baseball player
1982–Erika Christensen, American actress (Parenthood)
1983–Missy Higgins, Australian singer-songwriter
That’s quite a list, there. I counted seven baseball players, three people associated with Star Trek, one from Full House, and one from Parenthood.
Happy birthday, S!!
(From Praying With the Psalms)
But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel.
But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness, and put God to the test in the desert;
he gave them what they asked, but sent a wasting disease among them.
When men in the camp were jealous of Moses and Aaron, the holy one of the LORD,
the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram.
Fire also broke out in their company; the flame burned up the wicked. Psalm 106:13-18
So often, forgetfulness and rebellion are paired. The people forgot the works of God, then they rebelled against Moses and Aaron. “When we forget God’s ways of providing for us, we impatiently seek to set up our own self-government.” These rebellious acts are done in an “atmosphere devoid of the memory of grace.”
“Merciful Lord, grant that my remembrance of your ways will lead me to a more trusting obedience, and grant that my obedience may improve my memory, so that I may not forget anything you have done for me or quarrel with any of your commands. Amen.”
(From My Utmost For His Highest)
Come to me . . . Matthew 11:28
In this reading, Chambers speaks of self-consciousness as something, though not a sin, itself, can “upset the completeness of the life in God,” continuously producing a wrestling within us. There are various things that can cause self-consciousness, from a “nervous temperament” to being dumped in a new circumstance. “It is never God’s will that we should be anything less than absolutely complete in Him.” Anything that disturbs our rest/abiding in Christ must be dealt with at once. And the way we do that is by following his command to “Come to me.” If we finish the verse, we see this: Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. And then what does he say in verse 30? My yoke is easy!
We must come to Christ and ask him to produce within us Christ-consciousness, rather than self-consciousness. Once we begin to examine ourselves too much, we lose sight of Christ and we become divided. “Beware of anything that is going to split up your oneness with Him and make you see yourself separately.”
What I believe is being said, here (it’s a little complex), is that, when circumstances (or people) threaten to disturb our rest/abiding in Christ, we must immediately go to Jesus, rather than following the temptation to begin looking at self in introspection. The answer never lies within me. The answer lies in Christ. His yoke is easy. If I simply follow his command, he will give me rest, and I will be Christ-conscious instead of self-conscious.
Father, this is a difficult teaching, but I think I understand it. I need more of this Christ-consciousness and less self-consciousness. Teach me this way, and show me how to step into the easy yoke with Jesus. My desire is to continuously abide in him and his words. Draw me into these habits, Father, as I move forward in your Kingdom.
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.