Monday, April 16, 2012

Don't Be Held Back

Don’t place yourself on the shelf by thinking, “How great to be in such a wonderful state of mind!” Act immediately— do something, even if your only reason to act is that you would rather not. If, during a prayer meeting, God shows you something to do, don’t say, “I’ll do it”— just do it! Pick yourself up by the back of the neck and shake off your fleshly laziness. Laziness can always be seen in our cravings for a mountaintop experience; all we talk about is our planning for our time on the mountain. We must learn to live in the ordinary “gray” day according to what we saw on the mountain. (Oswald Chamber, My Utmost for His Highest, April 16)

A few thoughts this morning as I read and pray:

I must practice better obedience while living in the "gray."

I must quit just planning the things I feel God is calling me to do, shake off my laziness and do them.

There are some areas where I have significant room to grow in obedience and faithfulness, and I am praying for strength. And I'm convicted this morning to step out and act.

Praying today for boldness to live and serve the way Jesus did.
Praying for faith to trust that I can act and serve as he did and lay down my pride.
Praying for creativity in the ways I love and serve others alongside my children.

A group of friends and I are currently working to memorize The Sermon on the Mount.
This morning I'm thinking about some of these words from Jesus, and specifically "blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy."

(Pictures completely unrelated... just some pretty ones from my New York files that make me happy.)