I’ve really enjoyed this Summer – lots of good family time, delicious summer food (peaches, cherries, etc) & the longer days are a few of my current favs. Summers can be nice & relaxing – until you get a sharp jab! Some sharp jabs could be a work confrontation, something you forgot that’s now in your face, a finance challenge (there’s nothing left to cinch on the belt), a personal insight about yourself that’s uncomfortable, etc.
I’ve had a few sharp jabs recently that have served to keep me on my toes this Summer – despite the “relaxing” nature of the Summer. So what do we do with those “sharp jabs”? Here are a few things that are presently helping me:
- remember that God already knew about the sharp jab & He didn’t chew His nails on the issue(s)
- taking walks – the summer is nice because its pleasant to walk outside in the morning or evening. I find these to be good chatting times w God, when I can pour out my heart to Him & then listen for His perspective
- being honest – when something bothers you, its better to not suppress it, but ask God to help you find a constructive way to express what’s bothering you
- truth search – sharp jabs often expose a deeper issue that needs to be addressed. Don’t get distracted by the results of a deeper cause. Solve the cause & you can change the results
Sharp jabs come & go – with God’s help, they can be used to really help us grow!
I’ve had alot of random thoughts & questions running through my brain lately. Maybe you could give me some feedback:
- strength can be be a misperception. I find that I’m probably in my best frame of mind when I am most dependent on Jesus
- Christ must always be the mediator not only between God & me, but also between me & others
- when I need direction on various projects & I don’t have alot of time to chase rabbit trails, what’s the best approach to chosing a path?
- I want my kids to desire more of God’s Word – are there more things I should be doing to help cultivate this desire in their hearts?
- community & solitude each have their pitfalls
- Saving Moses – how can we make this more effective?
- family is an environment where the Holy Spirit most effectively works to change me
- it seems to me that the only long-term way to transform my insecurities is with the help of the Holy Spirit
Just a few things that my brain has been pondering 🙂
I was recently in Haiti for some work with www.savingmoses.org. It was deeply moving experience for me – even from the time I landed at the airport. You see, the airport at Port au Prince was damaged & so every passenger was led to a large warehouse to go through the immigration process. I was pleasantly surprised to be almost totally surrounded by missions groups who were coming to help Haiti in a variety of ways. Everyone was very friendly, chatty & I could tell they were eager to jump into doing some good, hands on missions work. I love to be with people when they’re hearts are intent on helping others – such a rich experience!
My return to the States was a bit of a contrast. As we entered the US, we were going through the normal immigration formalities & had collected our luggage to finish going through customs. There were some long lines & it seemed like one line was shorter than the rest, so we jumped in that line. Unfortunately, we cut in front of a group of people unknowingly. One of the girls in the group proceeded to say something really rude to us. I turned around to see what was wrong & realized what we’d done. When I asked her where she had been, she explained that they were returning from a missions trip to Haiti. I don’t think she caught the irony of the situation – she had gone to Haiti to be part of something altruistic, benevolent, unselfish & nice. Now that she was back to the US, she was in “normal-ville”. I’m left wondering how often we miss opportunities for God to transform us. Just something to consider