Before we speak, let us check our motives and words.  We can speak life, or we can speak death.  The choice is ours.

Lasting fulfillment

There is joy, meaning, and purpose to so much of life, but the wrong perspective will send us looking for those things in places where we will never find them.  Let us seek God for direction on our fulfillment in life.

Well over a year ago, we were in this same place.  It has been a long season for the world, the Church, and the individual.  Let us continue to seek God for our role and her role in all of this.

When the call comes

Esther, Mordecai and the Jews of their time certainly had their flaws.  Yet, God used them in a mighty way, and we are still talking about it today.  For them, the question was simple.  Would they be willing to face death individually and corporately in order to try and save themselves from annihilation?  They would be.  Would we be willing to do the same?

The great masters of the arts put their work behind their passion.  They could not be sure that their work would create a legacy, immortalize them in our culture, or be tossed aside when the next great works appeared.  Beethoven and Rembrandt could not have known that we would be admiring and studying them today.  Let us focus not on our legacy but on our work, and let us trust that God will use that work to impact others long after we are gone.

Lock me up, please

We have been freed.  The chains are gone, the doors are open, and we have been shown the way.  Those who are wise would appreciate that freedom and do whatever it takes to keep it.  Yet, so many of us willfully walk back into bondage.  Let us ask God to show us how we have imprisoned ourselves again so that we can break out of the pattern.

We serve a God who will quench our thirst for him, but that really depends on us.  We can have a little thirst for him, or we can thirst for him like the wandering Ibex searching for a stream in the wilderness.  How much of God do you want?  How thirsty are you? 

Shielded from glory

We come to the Father by way of the Son, and we do so gladly.  Do we ever consider what it means exactly to approach the Father in this way?  Do we remind ourselves of the ways the Son makes our relationship with the Father possible?  Perhaps we should take some time to meditate on how He does this.

Together again

Recently, God has been reuniting me with people I thought I had lost forever.  He is restoring friendships I thought I had ruined hopelessly.  Perhaps He wants to do the same for you.  Seek him for that restoration today.

When I get there

There is much imperfection and evil in this world to distract and disappoint us.  It should not go unnoticed to the believer, and it should remind us of the great hope we have in the life that is to come.  Let us focus on who we will become and what life will be when we get there.

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