Back in the Saddle and Watching the Spirit Work
I’ve been extremely busy these past few months with our continued community ministry and regular church labors related to post-Katrina rebuilding. In addition to that my computer died for almost a month and has finally been resurrected. As a result, no bloggin’ for me. Thankfully my laptop is back and the saddle is warm. So, for the both of you reading this, I apologize for the major gap in posts.
As I mount back up on my steed I’d like to simply post a few thoughts that express where my mind and heart have been lately. I hope you find them useful.
Being ‘loving’ means never giving up on someone just because your dander is higher than your grace. Sometimes you have to lasso a friend when they walk near the edge and other times you can’t avoid watching them land on the ACME crate.
Listening to hearsay isn’t a failing for most people… it is a way of life; yet most hearsay is believed because it fulfills our previous presumptions.
If you always think you know someone than you never allow for them to change.
Feelings are not facts but they are real. A feeling-fact must be scrutinized.
In personal discussions it is wise to propose your commentary in the form of questions rather than statements of fact. By doing this you undermine your presumptions and conclusions with humility and avoid misunderstanding.
If a person knows that you love them they can withstand far heavier criticism than just a large wind bellowing from ambiguity and pride.
I have had the privilege of watching the Spirit work in the lives of His saints in ways I’ve never seen before. No less than eight different people in our congregation have testified to an active change in their attitudes, actions, and thoughts. Romans 8:29 reminds us of our end – to be like Him. How beautiful to see people moving closer to His image. How amazing is the move of God through the means of grace rebuilding the inner man.
I know that we’ve all felt abandoned by God at some point. We’ve all smelled the stench of the pit and know the desperation of clinging to breaking vines as we struggle to find new air. My hope in hope has been strengthened by seeing His children advance – folks who I thought may never ‘get it’ actually getting it and seeing my own life take on new form.
We truly do underestimate the power of the Resurrection given to us by the will of God through His eternal Spirit who not only has the ability to free us from our errors, but who actually finds pleasure in seeing us dance freely -singing joyfully under the sky of the abundant fountain where no fear or folly dwell, bringing us blessing upon blessing through the Body and Word. Amen.