Today is November 1, 2016. Seven days until election day. Nine days until our Glen Rose weekend.
“Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.” – William James
Hagiography – the writing and critical study of the lives of the saints; hagiology.
Today is Extra Mile Day. This is a day to ask yourself how you can go the “extra mile” to make someone’s life better. Or even your own life better.
We had a great time, last night, eating Halloween Chili. We met some new people (well, the people weren’t actually new . . . that make them babies, wouldn’t it?), rather, some people we hadn’t met before, had some good conversation, and some most excellent chili. There were also lemon squares, peanut butter cookies, and white chocolate pretzels! Yum!!
Game Six of the World Series is tonight. The Cubs have Jake Arrieta on the mound, which will make things difficult for the Indians. What are the chances that he could almost no-hit them again? I sure don’t know. I don’t do math whenever I can help it.
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! Psalm 32:12
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law Psalm 119:18
With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! Psalm 119:10
(From Praying With the Psalms)
A Song of Ascents. Of David. If it had not been the LORD who was on our side— let Israel now say—
if it had not been the LORD who was on our side when people rose up against us,
then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us;
then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us;
then over us would have gone the raging waters.
Blessed be the LORD, who has not given us as prey to their teeth!
We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped!
Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124
If we attempt to stand alone against “the forces of evil,” we don’t stand a chance. But we do not stand alone, none of us, even if we think we do. Jesus stands with us. His promise holds, from Matthew 28:20, And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
“I bless your great name, Almighty God. I look back over past years and remember the help I have known from your hand. Thank you for your strength shared with me, for your power exercised in me, for your being on my side in Jesus Christ. Amen.”
(From My Utmost For His Highest)
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19
This is a sobering reading.
We do not have the privilege of a “private life,” as Christians, as people who have been “brought into fellowship with Jesus Christ’s sufferings.” God will break up our private life and make “it a thoroughfare for the world on the one hand and for Himself on the other.” We will not be able to stand that if we are not fully identified with Jesus Christ. We can’t have a public life, a life that we display at church or gatherings, and a private life that no one else sees.
“Let Him have his way; if you do not, instead of being of the slightest use to God in His Redemptive work in the world, you will be a hindrance and a clog.”
Regarding heartbreak, there seems to be this prevalent theory that Christians should never experience sadness or heartbreak. “Why shouldn’t we go through heartbreaks? Through those doorways God is opening up ways of fellowship with His Son. Most of us fall down and collapse at the first grip of pain; we sit down on the threshold of God’s purpose and die away of self-pity, and all so-called Christian sympathy will aid us to our death bed.” Yes, these words are harsh, but have we not experienced their truth, if not for ourselves, in the lives of someone else?
“If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart.” After all, if we believe the Scriptures, my heart is not my own, is it?
Father, these are hard truths today. Thank you for reminding me that my so-called “private life” does not truly exist. My life is yours, and yours to do with as you wish, including my heart. If you must break it, then do so. It won’t be the first time. Do whatever you need to do in order to make me part of your purpose in this world. Make my life a thoroughfare. Have your way with me.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” . . . Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:15, 18)
Grace and peace, friends.