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Sep 16

I Am Organised

I Am Organised

Organisation and spirituality doesn't seem initially to go together. What on earth does God have to do with being organised?! You may well think this, but as we begin to look at how we ourselves are made, all of creation and if course the universe, we see the most intricate design and organisation. Some people don't believe being creative goes with being organised but the creativity of God is organised into bringing yet more life and creativity. It's an amazing cycle of life. It's one which God calls us to share with him. We also can help contribute to his creativity which is no way separate from, being organised. Psalm 144 says: Teach us to order our days rightly, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Organisation is good order, which in it's turn, brings peace and then freedom. When we accept our share in the responsibility of organising and ordering our days, we discover a peace and freedom within to be more and more creative. Ultimately, then, to be organised, or ordered, is deeply spiritual. Our worship and our prayer lives need to be organised and ordered so that we can be free to share in Gods creative power as he calls us.

Prayer: Dear God, help me to see that in ordering my school work, my life in all sorts of different ways, I am sharing in your creative power if organising and ordering the world. Help me to understand the significance of that. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Tags: Faith
Sep 9

Doing the right thing 2

Doing the right thing 2

Do you know the song by Faithless about a 14 year old?


It is very human to want to treat others as we have been treated ourselves, especially if we've been on the receiving end of unfair treatment.  Jesus' Golden Rule for his followers was: "Treat others as you wish to be treated yourselves", which is harder but more rewarding.  This song also reminds us that there are people all around us who can help us if only we would listen to them.

Watch the song again but this time the lyrics will be on the screen.


Prayer: Lord, help us to treat others as You would wish them to be treated.  We ask for the Holy Spirit's help to do this.  Amen.

 

 



Tags: Faith
Jul 14

Doing the right thing

Doing the right thing

When Steve Jobs finished designing the first Macintosh computer, he did something special:  he asked everyone who helped him design that first revolutionary machine to sign a large piece of paper.  He then took that paper and turned it into an engraving template.  When those first Macs finally rolled off the assembly line, the names of their creators were engraved inside the case of every one.

Inside the first Macs  Inside the first Macs

You couldn't see the signatures from the outside—and most people never even knew they existed on the inside because few people had any reason to open up a computer in those days. But if you opened one up and looked deep inside, you'd see them—the signatures of their creators, including "steven jobs."

But Steve Jobs wasn't the first one to sign his creation on the inside.  

God did it when He created each one of us.  He's written His name deep inside us.  And if we take a closer look, we'll find that it's not just His name that's written there, but also His laws—His words of instruction to help us live the fullest life possible.

As God said in the book of Hebrews:  "I will put My laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people" (Hebrews 8:10b).

Our conscience has been implanted by God.  It helps us to consider our options and the outcomes of our actions.  It helps us to regulate our passions and desires, comparing them to God's passions and desires for us.  When our passions and desires are different from God's, our conscience kicks in to let you know that something is amiss and needs to be addressed.

Our conscience, though, is a warning indicator only.  We can override it.  We can ignore it.  We still have free will.  We need to check out our options using God's Word. 

Even though God has written His Word on our hearts, sometimes we can't read the writing so clearly.  We need to check out the pages of the Bible, the example of Jesus Christ and the inspiration of the His Holy Spirit.

Prayer:  Lord, help us to hear Your voice more clearly this and every day.  Amen.

 

 

Tags: Faith