Comparing is seldom, if ever, helpful…

There’s a lot of comparing going on. I guess this is nothing new. Helpful comparing and contrasting of methods and ideas can be healthy and helpful.

But too often, our insecurities cause us to not compare methods and ideas, but compare ourselves – our person – to others who we thing better than we.

This is not helpful. Indeed it is counter productive and can be debilitating.

We should always be thinking about ideas and methods, but recognize that those ideas and methods are not us.

We disciples of Jesus are created, gifted and guided by God. When we replace relationship with our Father and wisdom from above with a book, a blog or a podcast, we’ve begun to learn leadership from the led, not the leader.

I remind myself of this:

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Consider the great accomplishments of Paul. He recognized it was the guiding hand of God he followed.

So, fellow disciple, as you love to read books and blogs about leadership and ideas and methods, be sure to balance that input with input from a healthy dose of your Heavenly Father through a disciplined life of personal spiritual development.

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Ordering our ways

“So Jotham became mighty, because he ordered his ways before the Lord his God.”

Ok, don’t focus on the “became mighty” bit, instead, note that this was “because.” The blessing from God resulted from this: “he ordered his way before the Lord his God.”

Today, I’d suggest if we want God’s blessing, we should be intentional about the spiritual disciplines which train our hearts and minds. This is how we may order our ways before our Father to honor him and give him glory.

This ordering will help us practice the presence of God. What greater blessing could there be?

(2 Chronicles 27:6 ESV)

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He knows, guides and loves us.

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me!”

And so begins a deeply comforting Psalm, #139.

It is a Psalm that is based on the greatness of God. Our loving Father, who never leaves us, who orders our days, and knows ours hearts better even than we. Go to him with the Psalmist and ask:

“And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”

How great is our God!

Psalms 139:1, 24 ESV,24.esv

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Invitation to contemplate the greatness of God

One of the incredible comforts of God is who he is, his nature, his attributes, his character.

The angels sing “holy, holy, holy” – how fabulous that will be, to hear and see! But that’s then, this is now.

So, the wisest thing for me each morning is to dwell with my father and contemplate his greatness and his steadfastness. See, that steadfastness is rooted in God’s holiness.

And so, with David I cry:

“Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love, and teach me your statutes.

I am your servant; give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies!” (Psalms‬ ‭119:124-125‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

To contemplate and grow in my knowledge of God, what a joy!

Each morning, to begin each day reading his word, hearing his voice, speaking my heart and receiving forgiveness after confession, what a joy, what a privilege.

How can I forsake such an honor?

How can I ignore such an invitation?

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Don’t just ✅ the box…

Sometimes I’m told that people feel that “having a quiet time” or “doing their devotions” feels like checking a box.

I get that.

So what?

I would even suggest that ESPECIALLY then is it important to be reminded of God’s promises.

Indeed, when we just ✅ the box, we are actively cultivating a heart to love God’s word, so that we can agree with the Psalmist:

“Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:49-50‬ ‭ESV‬‬

My hope is is the Lord, not my devotions. They are just a tool to ready my heart to hear and have life!

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We stumble because we’re human. As disciples of Jesus, I thank God that it is not my skill, ability or strength that enables me to go on. It is Christ in me…

consider and be thankful, fellow disciple….

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”

‭‭Jude‬ ‭1:24-25‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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Memorizing / meditating …

When we dwell daily, even several times a day, on a Scripture, it becomes etched in our memory…

Here’s one:

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