I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
With all the that’s been going on in Washington this past week I feel like shutting down myself. I’m not commenting on the rights and wrongs of it here but It does make me realize how fortunate we are to have someone we can trust. God. Perhaps we can shut off from the craziness? In the midst of the madness when we’re getting frustrated, angry and our head is full of confusion we can simply turn to God and ask “Please intervene and sort this out”! It’s worth trying. As Christians it’s our duty to stay peaceful, calm and have wisdom. We need to pray for some of that wisdom in Washington.
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, we pray for wisdom for our leaders and for ourselves. We pray for a peaceful resolution in Washington. We pray this will happen quickly for the good of the people who’s lives are being affected by the situation – Amen!
‘And do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for God is pleased with such sacrifices’
It’s okay. We don’t have to become Pastors. But we can take on more responsibility as Christians. Whether it’s more of a mentoring role within a church or applying the skills in our paid work to helping others. When we reflect on our week, did it have the right balance between our time spent earning money and giving our time sacrificially? I have done very little of the latter since I’ve been on the road so it’s something I’m keen to re-balance now I’m home. When I was mentoring at The Bowery Mission in New York a couple of years ago, the last thing I needed on a Wednesday evening was to jump on the subway and head Downtown. But every time I did it I walked away energized. The Holy Spirit at work. Because it was of God. It is difficult to feel that way when we walk out of our office buildings every night. We should feel great but we’re human. We feel worn down by the same things. But a different kind of work can be a good replacement for a non-existent pay rise or promotion. The reason we crave the money and the promotion is because we need to feel better about what we do. Rewarded for the pain. It’s temporary though and the pain comes back. We can never find favor with God but finding other ways to work for Him where we don’t expect anything in return means it’s simply through love. Love for God and for others.
The Bowery Mission, Downtown, New York
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, we give thanks for our careers and our jobs. We know that they are gifts from you. We pray we can find other ways to use our gifts or gifts we didn’t know we had to work for your kingdom and to glorify you – Amen!
And we know for those that love God all things work together for good, for those that are called according to his purpose.
Looking for the good in things that on the surface don’t seem that good is all part of being a Christian. I found out at 5pm today that my 10.15 flight had been delayed until midnight. I wasn’t happy and I grumbled. But as I sit at the airport now I’m realizing that things seemed to go better because of the delay.
I was able to have more time at the church service and not worry about rushing to the airport at 7pm. I was able to spend more time catching up with people who I hadn’t seen in a while and I was able to relax and focus on the message which I may not have done if I was in a hurry. I had more time talking to my wife and I got one more hug from my daughter who I had earlier said goodbye to. Airport security was empty because it’s late and I’m now realizing that a midnight flight to London isn’t a bad thing from a time difference point of view. And, I can glorify God by writing about it.
I don’t know how God works and I will never know how he gave me that time. Can He delay planes? Or did He just allow me to see the good? How many other people benefited but don’t know it? Trying to work it out isn’t possible but I’m going to credit Him the delay anyway. Praise God!
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, forgive us when we grumble about things instead of trying to find the good. We give thanks for the gifts you bless us with especially the gifts we don’t ever acknowledge or recognize – Amen!