Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
When I think about all the things that are going on in my life, in my community and in the world, I totally get why never ending praying is a mandate. I sometimes wonder what kind of world my child will be living in once I'm gone. In the years since her birth, I've witnessed so much tradegy on a local, national, and international scale. Locally, we endured the Washington DC sniper attacks (2002) and the Washington Metro Crash (2009). On the national stage was 911 attack (2001) and Hurricane Katrina (2005). On the global stage was the Christmas Tsunami (2004), Earthquake in Haiti (Jan 2010) and the most recent Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcano Erruption in Indonesia (Oct 2010). We need to pray and keep on praying.
My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest (Exodus 33:14)
I have to admit that I have trouble getting the proper amount of rest. There is always one more thing to do. This usually has me going until about midnight if not later. That would be okay if I could sleep in most days, but unfortunately I have to be up and about by at least 6:30 a.m. So I rarely feel rested. That's why I need something to keep me going - coffee won't do the trick. I need His presence to go with me daily so that I can manage my competing prorities and still have time left over to take care of my temple. Today I'm going to trust that God has eveything in control and I'm going to take a well deserved nap.
The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied (Proverbs 13:4) One of the things that bothers me the most is a person who wants something for nothing. Yesterday I was out and about and decided to get something to eat. I met two different types of people in my travels. One lady had set up shop on the sidewalk and beckoned me over to sample her wares. The other approached me while standing on line waiting to order food and asked me to give him some money. They both wanted the same thing but one was willing to work for it.
In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps (Proverbs 16:9)
This has been an interesting week. I decided to visit a friend in the hospital and carved out an hour or so. When I got there, she was still in the operating room. I ended up waiting for five hours for her to be moved to her room and then only had about a half hour visit. I had to reschedule and cancel some of the other things on my schedule or delegate others. I wondered what God was trying to tell me. At first I wished that I had brought along my laptop so I could get some work done. Then I wished for even a note pad so that I could at least jot down some of my thoughts. I think God was slowing me down and allowing me to take a break. Then yesterday I got all dressed up and prepared to do some work for a client. The meeting was running behind schedule so the component that I was supposed to lead got pushed from the agenda. Again, God was telling me something. I realize the man can plan but God has the master plan.
Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue (Proverbs 17:28)
I was waiting for my train one day and I noticed something interesting. Two people were in a conversation but I could only hear one side of it. Either the other person was soft-spoken or she never parted her lips; I'm not quite sure. But I learned about the speaker's family, job, vacation plans, and a whole bunch of other things. She spoke so quickly and loudly and changed topics without even so much as a breath. When she left, silence decended on the terminal. I imagined that there was some relief on the part of her friend. It got me to thinking; am I a talker or a listener. Sometimes it's good to be silent and just listen. When we're talking a mile a minute, we don't have an opportunity to learn anything. KMS (Keep Mouth Shut) is a piece of advice that we may want to practice.
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out (Proverbs 17:14)
Have you ever noticed that some people have to be right all the time? They will fight you to the end just to prove that you are wrong and they are right. Sometimes it's over the most trivial matters. Have you also noticed that if you stoke the embers they'll turn into flames. In other words, if you keep arguing the point it goes on and on. Often it can end in harsh words and hurt feelings. This happened to me recently over something very simple. In retrospect, I wish I had just dropped it; but I was right. Sometimes it doesn't matter who is right it's more important to salvage the relationship.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones (Proverbs 17:22)
There just isn't enough laughter in my life. I thank God for my book club which turned 15 years old this month. Once a month I go there for food, fellowship and discussion but most of all for a good belly laugh. I wish I had more laughter in my life...what about you?