Today is the three year anniversary of the introduction of this blog. I enjoy writing in this space because it gives a space to flex some creative muscles. I know there are some seasons when it was tough to get the creative juices flowing and the last year or so has been that. But I am glad this has been available.
I don’t know what the next year has in store for this blog. I hope there are more creative posts. I hope that what is said here is encouraging to others that read it, that it gets people to think. I also hope that it’s helpful to me to just share thoughts and feelings here.
If this is the first time you’ve read a blog post here, welcome. If you have been reading regularly the last three years, thank you. I hope that as the journey continues that we all learn and grow from it.
“In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt offering and sin offering
you have not required.
Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
I delight to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart.”
I have told the glad news of deliverance
in the great congregation;
behold, I have not restrained my lips,
as you know, O Lord.
I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
from the great congregation.” (Psalm 40:6-10)
God wants us to delight in Him. God wants us to give ourselves to Him. David knew this and shared this as part of this Psalm. He knew how good God was. He knew that God was with him. And David also wanted to share this with others. He made it a point speak out about God’s faithfulness and His salvation. He shared about God’s steadfast love and deliverance.
We should do the same. Those of us that are followers of Jesus should not keep the good news to ourselves but share it with others. We should be overjoyed to share what has changed us and made us whole. This week, let us have that be our desire.
This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from writer G.K. Chesterton:
“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.” (G.K. Chesterton What’s Wrong With The World)
For this week’s “Thursday Quote Day” here is another quote from author J.R.R. Tolkien:
“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” (J.R.R. Tolkien The Fellowship of the Ring)
Here is another update on the books I’ve read in 2016:
Film, Faith and Philosophy: Big Ideas on the Big Screen edited by R. Douglas Geivett and James S. Spiegel
Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster
Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue by Robert K. Johnston
It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It by Craig Groeschel
Called to Coach: Reflections on Life, Faith and Football by Bobby Bowden with Mark Schlabach
Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life by Michael Kelley
Arise by Clayton and Ellen Kershaw
Soul Revolution by John Burke
“Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places” (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
Old Testament prophets knew about hard times. Many of them suffered hardships in being faithful to the message God had called them to preach. Many of them were lonely. Many of them were ignored. But regardless of the tough times they went through, they were faithful in serving God and were faithful in preaching the message given to them.
Habakkuk shares here that even though tough times may come, one can still rejoice in the Lord. He knows that the source of his strength comes from the Lord. He knows that the source of his salvation comes from the Lord. Even when there is suffering and hardship, God is there. Even when there is loneliness and heartbreak, God is there.
This week, let us remember that God is with us. He loves us and He is our source of strength and salvation if we just trust Him and follow Him.
This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features a quote from speaker and activist Shane Claiborne:
“Community is what we are created for.” (Shane Claiborne)
This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features a quote from golfer Curtis Strange:
“That’s the best thing, to get back in the fight, to suck it up and fight it. I didn’t win. But I can win and I will win again. That takes toughness.” (Curtis Strange)