Familiar Road?

roadThis past Sunday, the Christian Church celebrated Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem prior to Easter Sunday. The story is so familiar to most of us, I am afraid that we have lost sight of the important due to the familiar.

The disciples had walked this familiar road many, many times.   Jesus was familiar with this road as well. His parents took Him every year to the Passover Feast.  But this year, this trip, everything was going to be different. All the travelers knew the road but only  Jesus knew the journey.

Jesus had been trying to explain to His disciples what awaited them at the end of this journey but they never did grasp what Jesus was saying. They did not know this familiar trip was going to be anything but “familiar.”

Our lives are composed of many familiar “roads.” The student has a road that they are familiar with: meet bus 7:30 am, this class, that class, lunch, recess, etc. The worker has his familiar road: rush hour traffic, punch-in at  8:00, work eight hours, punch out, drive home, supper, etc.

But are you prepared for the journey? Jesus may detour your road by a coworker sharing they are facing a divorce and need your support. Jesus may have a student cross your familiar road with the news they are pregnant and want your advice. At any time, that “familiar” road may become a journey.

You may know the road but only Jesus knows the journey!

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365 Prayers

Several years ago, I found a book that had a unique, but Biblical,  approach on praying. In every area of life there are people who shape our world. These people have a great deal of influence in their fields: political, science, music, entertainment, medicine, finance, sports, education, etc. These are people who wield power. 

The book is based on 1 Timothy 2:1-2 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”  The book gives you 365 people to pray for each day of the year. Each page includes a brief biography and suggestions how to pray for that person. 

Throughout the Bible we see how God used heathen rulers to accomplish His will. In most cases they were not even aware they were being used by God. The Lord can control a king’s mind as easily as he controls a river. He can direct it as he pleases. Proverbs 21:1 (ICB) 

You do not need a book to tell you who to pray for. Listen to the news. Read a news paper. Allow the Holy Spirit to direct you. But pray!

Looking Good or Being Good?

A man being sought by police in Ohio was unhappy with the mug shot that was circulated with the warrant for his arrest, so he decided to send authorities a better one.

Donald A. “Chip” Pugh, 45, is wanted for failure to appear in multiple cases including arson and vandalism, the Lima Police Department stated in a Facebook post. Police posted a mugshot of Pugh on their Facebook page, but the suspect didn’t think it was the most representative of himself.

Donald A. Pugh's selfie photo

To rectify this, Pugh texted police a new selfie with the caption “here is a better photo that one is terrible.” Police posted the new photo on Facebook with the caption: “We thank (Pugh) for being helpful, but now we would appreciate it if he would come speak to us at the (police station) about his charges.”

It seems that it’s human nature to be more concerned with looking good than actually being good. This way of thinking isn’t restricted to thugs. Many upstanding church people are just as guilty of being too concerned with appearances.Too often we are more concerned with what others think of us than of what God thinks of us. This is dangerous, for it produces Christians who think they can be good without repentance.Don’t be satisfied with posting a better mug shoot of yourself for the public to admire. As often as it’s necessary, turn to God in repentance and allow Him to cleanse you from the inside out.

From the Palm Beach Post

GPS

Confession: I love electronic gadgets; especially my phone! The GPS is a tremendous help (most of the time.) When I type my destination into my phone, the first question that come on the screen is this: “Directions from current location?” In other words, “Do you want to start where you are?”

Of course I want to start from here. Sometimes I am not sure where “here” is! As soon a I tell the GPS yes, it begins calculating my route – not from where I started before I lost my way, not from the direction I should be headed but from right where I am now!

The most common reason people give for not following Jesus is that they want to get their lives together first. They want to start their journey from somewhere else than where they currently are.

Jesus reaches out to with grace and love and invites you to follow Him, right where you are. Start following Him right where you are and He wants you to start now!

Trust His directions!