“Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
2 Corinthians 3:15-18 ESV
Ten years ago, I led my final prayer as chaplain of The Covenant School (in a closing ceremony – appropriately enough) and embarked on a new journey serving full time with CEO. As I recall, I left the building and was driven to D.C. to fly that night to take a team to serve in Hungary.
Today I’m thanking God for the honor to work alongside incredible fellow disciples in many cultures. Serving with all of them is a joy!
But, I’m mindful that that decade of serving alongside WOULD NOT happen without the hundreds of people who have prayed, given generously, encouraged and exhorted. God has used you mightily! As Paul said, I thank God…
So may God receive glory from our partnership. Thank you all.
Take 15 minutes to watch, then take another few to think and take stock.
In this talk he gives an interesting description of happiness and contrasts it to joy.
He is vulnerable about his own experience and uses it to describe the disconnectedness many live in.
It is a thought provoking talk that is worth your time and consideration.
I’d be curious to hear your thoughts in the comments.
In the midst of all that we may be doing on this holiday, let’s pause and remember those who have sacrificed for others. Women and men who have given their lives in service to our country deserve remembrance. Also, the many, many women and men who have sacrificed mobility, sanity, their families and, well, the list goes on. Yes, I know it’s Memorial Day, not Veterans Day, but there are many who didn’t die, yet they made great sacrifice nonetheless. Let’s remember them as well. Finally, for we who are citizens of heaven, let’s also thank God for our King Jesus who sacrificed his own life for our citizenship in the true and everlasting kingdom. So, let’s pause and give thanks to the glory of God.
The longer I live, the clearer it becomes that I need to exalt God more and more and complain about my circumstances less and less.
Don’t misunderstand, complaining is natural. We all do it. But here’s where complaining becomes crippling: when I’m so focused on my complaining about my circumstances that I’ve forgotten about God’s faithfulness.
How do I tell if I’ve begun to drift into forgetting God’s faithfulness? When contentment has fled and despair lingers. This is a signpost that I’d drifting into the debilitating bog of self.
“Set your mind on the Father instead of your circumstances (good or bad).” This is the way I might give a blunt paraphrase to Paul’s urging to the Colossians.
So, when we catch ourselves drifting in the the bog of discontent, let’s pause, exalt God, and remember his faithfulness to us over the eons!!!!
Use the urge to complain as a call to exalt!!
Then, with a fresh recall of God’s faithfulness, we may renew our hope in him.