Today is Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Day 21,859.
Dizzy Dean, born on this date in 1910 (died 1974), said, “Let the teachers teach English and I will teach baseball. There is a lot of people in the United States who say isn’t, and they ain’t eating.”
The word for today, from Dictionary.com, is decathect, a verb which means, “to withdraw one’s feelings of attachment from (a person, idea, or object), as in anticipation of a future loss.” That’s rather depressing.
The roads, for the most part, appear to be dry and passable, this morning, so I will be heading to work in a while. I will try to get finished a little early and allow myself extra time. The temperature is currently 22 with a wind chill of 15. Baby it’s cold outside.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
A Miktam of David.
Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”
As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.
The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.
The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
To be able to say of the Lord, “I have no good apart from you,” indicates a true understanding of what is “good.” I can truthfully say that, were it not for God, my life would not be good. And because of Him, I can say that “the lines have fallen for me in pleasant places.” I have long loved this Psalm, especially verse 11, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
(From The Business of Heaven, C.S. Lewis)
Christianity v. Christianity-and-Water
“The time is always ripe for reunion. Divisions between Christians are a sin and a scandal, and Christians ought at all times to be making contributions towards reunion, if it is only by their prayers. I am only a layman and a recent Christian, and I do not know much about these things, but in all the things which I have written and thought I have always stuck to traditional dogmatic positions. The result is that letters of agreement reach me from what are ordinarily regarded as the most different kinds of Christians; for instance, I get letters from Jesuits, monks, nuns, and also from Quakers and Welsh Dissenters, and so on. So it seems to me that the ‘extremist’ elements in every church are nearest one another and the liberal and ‘broad-minded’ people in each Body could never be united at all. The world of ‘broad-mindedness’ and watered-down ‘religion’ is a world where a small number of people (all the same type) say totally different things and change their minds every few minutes. We shall never get reunion from them.” (“Answers to Questions on Christianity”)
(From The Finishing Touch, Charles Swindoll)
In short, today’s reading, as Charles relates the story of buying a Harley Heritage Softail Classic not too long after his son and new daughter-in-law rode off on one after their wedding, reminds us that not ever moment in life has to be “grim and sober. It’s about breaking another thick and brittle mold of predictability. It’s about enjoying a completely different slice of life. . . . It’s about stepping into a tension-free anxiety-free world where I feel the wind and smell the wildflowers and hug my wife and laugh until I’m hoarse.”
It’s about freedom and grace.
I’ve known far too many people in my life who believe that being a Christian means always choosing the thing that would please you the least. Two job opportunities? Choose the one you like the least. NO!! Life does not have to be like that. I believe, with all my heart, that God wants us to enjoy this life that we have, and to enjoy Him along with it! “In your presence there is fullness of joy!” Not melancholy sadness!
Father, I thank you that I have good in my life because of you. I thank you for the fullness of joy that I can experience in your presence. I do confess that I do not experience this as often as I can/should, but that is my own fault for drifting off the path and acting like I don’t believe you. Help me to be more joyful, and to enjoy your presence, along with the life you have granted me, every day.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:22
Grace and peace, friends.
PS . . . I’m not buying a motorcycle.