Can I get a little personal?

Psalm 50:7-15

“O my people, listen as I speak.

    Here are my charges against you, O Israel:
    I am God, your God!
I have no complaint about your sacrifices
    or the burnt offerings you constantly offer.
But I do not need the bulls from your barns
    or the goats from your pens.
For all the animals of the forest are mine,
    and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know every bird on the mountains,
    and all the animals of the field are mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
    for all the world is mine and everything in it.
Do I eat the meat of bulls?
    Do I drink the blood of goats?
Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,
    and keep the vows you made to the Most High.
Then call on me when you are in trouble,
    and I will rescue you,
    and you will give me glory.”

I wonder if I can get a little personal for a moment...

I never intended to become a blog type person, writing endless posts about life, faith, etc...  In fact, I'm not sure I'm really any good at it.  But, life changed and we have all had to change with it.  Our usual ways of connecting and communicating were placed under restrictions, and so we have had to find new ways of doing the old things.  Whether it is the best way... well, that remains to be seen.  We are still trying to figure this all out.

There are many days when I am sitting at the computer looking at a blank screen and wondering what to write, and I find myself asking the question, "Why?  Who am I writing for?"  I mean, am I writing something as a means of justifying my presence, or am I writing because God has given me something to say.  And, sadly, I think I often have to say it is more of the former than the latter.  Perhaps you can relate?

We are so shaped by our culture of production that, unless we are creating/producing something... well, we feel useless.  We place huge value on productivity... But is this God's way?  Certainly not, for truly what can we offer God in means of product that God cannot provide for himself?  As Psalm 50 reminds us, God owns everything.  He made it all.  He's not interested in what we can create or provide...  Unless it is a heart of worship and thankfulness.

A heart of thankfulness and worship...

That demands being still and quiet.  As Psalm 46 commands us, "Be still... and know that I am God."
Or as the psalmist says in Psalm 131, "Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself,

    like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk.
    Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me."

Perhaps this is where the command to keep the Sabbath becomes so important...  a command to Rest. To remember.  Remember that we are not God, and that all we have is a gift from God.  And that we cannot save ourselves...  and when we stop trying to be all things, we encounter the One who gives us ALL things!

Yes, I hear you.  Yes, we are created and called to work.    Work is God's gift as well.  But haven't we allowed that to get out of perspective?  Work is God's gift...  not our purpose.  Not our life.  Better that we remember to be still and recognize all that God has given... put it all in its proper perspective. Stop letting the wrong things give us purpose and identity.

I'd like to encourage you to take part in a very important Spiritual Discipline:  go for a walk!
Not for exercise... though you will get some of that too.
Not to arrive at a destination.... though that may happen.
Not to find something in particular... though you will discover many particular things.

Go for a walk... and simply ask God to open your eyes to what He has given you this day.

And then Look!   
        And give thanks!

You might just be surprised at how playful and creative God is in blessing us.  
God is not a Task-master demanding more all the time.
God is a loving Father who has called you into a life of wonder and abundance.

Perhaps it's time to stop and take a look?


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