Lord, I want the ability to hear your voice.
The noise of this world is distracting and bothersome. The constant demands on my focus are knocking me off the path that leads to you.
I desire the peace that you provide. It overtakes the chatter in my head and the clamor in my soul. Surpassing all understanding, only you, Lord, can extinguish the discord and meaningless mix of sound that this world wants to drown me in!
Lord, I need to hear your voice.
The onslaught of sarcasm and cynicism....the waves of hatred and harlotry....the whispers of deception and deceitfulness....the torrents of lies and lasciviousness. Screams from every direction.
Show me, Lord, how to escape the madness.
"....And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire,...
I didn't say this quote. Bill Gates did. And it hit me right between the eyes.
No wonder he's so successful!
Reflecting on 2017, I looked at the good, the bad, and the ugly. It appeared mostly good, thank God! But then I asked myself, "did you do the most good?, for the greatest amount of people?, with everything you had?"
I don't believe in focusing on the past. My energy is best expended on right now and how I can make that better. So, I thought, what is the "most good" for me? Is it going to church on Sunday and seeing my friends and coming into agreement how great Jesus is? Is it putting a check in the mail to a ministry outreach that feeds starving kids from Africa? Is it seeing some homeless man and sending up a quick prayer to heaven for his poor soul? That's all good, but it's not the MOST good. Not for me.
This new year, I want to put out a challenge to you and ME. Let's ask ourselves, and be...