Saturday, August 13, 2016
As a truck dispatcher I spend a big part of my day trying to convince drivers to cover loads that are not always somewhere that they want go.
In a short time I know who will be willing, who won't, who will do it without complaining and who grumbles about everything.
It is so much more pleasant to work with agreeable people.
I've been doing a lot of reading and studying this week about being willing to say yes and step up to the plate whenever God calls out to me.
Very often I will see my faults and inadequacies. And think someone else might be the better choice.
But when God calls me, I need to be more willing to jump into action. If He finds me acceptable for a task, then who am I to doubt?
God will always be with me. He will never send me and then abandon me.
What about you? Are you a willing worker for the Lord? Do you see a need and jump in? Do you wait to be asked? Do you makes excuses? Do you hope that no one asks anything of you?
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, (Colossians 3:23 NIV)
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, (Ephesians 6:7 NIV)
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17 NIV)
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, (Philippians 2:14 NIV)
Saturday, August 6, 2016
I feel like my writings have seemed so negative lately. And I wonder how on this earth I can share joy and be encouraging to others when I am so disheartened in my own life.
But then I look around me and it seems as if almost everyone I know is living lives of dissatisfaction. No one seems to be living the dream anymore.
Sure there are some happy times. Sure there is a spot of joyfulness here and there, but for the most part, many of us get by by just getting by.
We are to be joyful. We are to be rejoicing as we go. What does that mean?
Did the first century church have it better than we do? Did Paul, a writer that writes about rejoicing, live a life of peace and contentment?
We know that they didn't. So what is the difference? Why do we struggle so much to live joyfully?
We think of joy in worldly terms. We think joy equates with happiness. We think to be joyful means that we are always cheery and smiley.
But biblical joy is different. Biblical joy is a contentment that comes from knowing that something far better awaits us. So we can endure for now by holding to the hope of God.
It's kind of like going to the dentist. We don't like to go. We don't want to go. But go, we will, and endure because we know we will be better off because of it.
Christian joy is not "fake it til you make it" cheerfulness. Christian joy is enduring because we know something far better will be ours.
Some examples of biblical joy are below.
*Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4 ESV)
*and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. (Acts 5:40-41 ESV)