Today is Saturday, March 30, 2019.
Twenty-fifth day of Lent
40 days until our Vegas trip.
Quote of the Day
“I have long been of the opinion that if work were such a splendid thing the rich would have kept more of it for themselves.”
Bruce Grocott, British politician, 1940-
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Word of the Day
Nadir ~ the lowest point; point of greatest adversity or despair. (Dictionary.com)
It’s Saturday morning, and C has left for the women’s “If” gathering. They are meeting at another member’s home, where they will watch live streams (I think they are live) of conference speakers, and then spend some time discussing the topic(s). This will, presumably, last all day.
I’ll be going to pick up the groceries between 12:00 and 1:00 PM, at which time I will also grab lunch for S and me. And Sonic drinks, of course. Oh, and I’m supposed to drop C’s books off at the library. Hopefully, I don’t forget that part.
The Rangers didn’t play last night, but the Sox did. Since they are in Seattle (west coast), the game did not start until 9:00-ish CDT. Needless to say, I did not stay up for it. When I went to sleep, the Sox were down 6-2. I woke up this morning to discover, much to my delight, that Mitch Moreland hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to put the Sox ahead 7-6. They held on to win the game. So the Sox are now 1-1 going into tonight’s game. The Rangers play the Cubs at 7:05 PM, with Yu Darvish facing off against Edinson Volquez. I can’t believe the Rangers have Volquez again. And that he’s starting. The Sox will play at 8:10 PM with Eduardo Rodriguez facing Mike Leake.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
Today I am grateful:
1. That C is able to attend the women’s gathering today.
2. That even though she is still experiencing some pain from her accident, she is getting gradually better. Last night, we talked about how close she came to being seriously injured.
3. That I may get to lead four songs in tomorrow’s worship. I’m not, however, grateful that Terry’s voice is failing him. We are certainly praying that he will get better.
4. That Jesus knows what is best for us.
5. That he is teaching me how to do what he said.
It is not ourselves that we proclaim; we proclaim Christ
Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants, for Jesus’ sake.
For the same God who said, “Out of darkness let light
shine,” has caused his light to shine within us, to give the
light of revelation–the revelation of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
(The Book of Common Prayer, 2 Corinthians 4:5-6)
(From Faith That Matters)
Today’s reading is “Do You Do What Jesus Said Is Best?” by Dallas Willard
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?”
“Plainly, in the eyes of Jesus, there is no good reason for not doing what he said to do, for he only tells us to do what is best.” Willard goes on to suggest that we try to imagine ourselves standing in front of Jesus, trying to explain why we didn’t do what he said to do. That scenario is almost amusing to me. Yet, I am constantly failing to do what Jesus says to do. “He has made a way for us into an easy and happy obedience–really, into personal fulfillment. And that way is apprenticeship to him. It is Christian ‘discipleship.’ His gospel is a gospel for life and Christian discipleship.”
The message of Matthew 4:17 is this: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” I love the way Dallas translates this. “Rethink your life . . .” That is what “repent” means. “Rethink your life in the light of the fact that the kingdom of the heavens is now open to all.” This message “presents the resources needed to live human life as we all automatically sense it should be and naturally leads one to become his student or apprentice in kingdom living.”
If I were standing in front of Jesus and he asked me the question in Luke 6:46, I honestly do not think I would have an answer. It’s kind of like when my mother would ask me that terrible question after I had misbehaved as a child, “Why??” Oh, how I hated that question!!! All I could do was stand there and stammer, “I don’t know.” Of course, that answer wasn’t the truth, was it? (For the record, I am not in any way criticizing my mother. It’s more of a reflection of the way we humans simply are.) Typically, the answer would be, “Because I wanted to,” or, “because I thought my way would be better.” And I can see Jesus simply laughing at the very idea that we would think our way would be better than his.
Dallas has said something more than once that would shock people, but I believe it’s true. He has told people, that if they can find a better way to do something than the way Jesus said, they should do it, and that Jesus would agree. He said that with total confidence, because Dallas Willard was confident that there is no better way than the way Jesus said!
I do see my life in Christ as an apprenticeship. I’m not always real good at doing what Jesus said is best, though. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. I’ve still got a long way to go. But his grace is drawing me closer all the time. And when I fail, I regroup, rethink (repent), and keep on keeping on. Our pastor’s email signature is “Keep on.” I love that.
Today, I challenge us to consider what Jesus says is best, and act upon it.
Father, help me to be more serious about the things Jesus taught. Remind me to study them, to think upon them, to contemplate them, and to act upon them. Remind me that Jesus was the smartest person who ever walked on the earth, and that he knows what is best, for me, and for everyone else.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”
Grace and peace, friends!