Friday, September 27, 2013

An inspiring quote

The Scottish preacher Alexander MacLaren (1826-1910) once observed: 

No unwelcome tasks become any the less unwelcome by putting them off till tomorrow. It is only when they are behind us and done, that we begin to find that there is a sweetness to be tasted afterwards, and that the remembrance of unwelcome duties unhesitatingly done is welcome and pleasant. Accomplished, they are full of blessing, and there is a smile on their faces as they leave us. Undone, they stand threatening and disturbing our tranquility, and hindering our communion with God. If there be lying before you any bit of work from which you shrink, go straight up to it, and do it at once. The only way to get rid of it is to do it.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Habit Forming

Some of you may remember the very popular book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by
Stephen Covey.

Habit number seven is called Sharpen the Saw. This final habit deals with continuous improvement in both the personal and interpersonal spheres of influence.

Covey writes, balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes exercise for physical renewal, prayer (meditation,fasting etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to society for spiritual renewal.
In my trek through the bible this year I read about Ezra’s habits. For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel. Ezra 7:6

Notice the makeup of his habits...he set his heart (commitment), he studied God’s word (strong devotional life), he did what God’s word encouraged of him (obedience) and he taught others (service).

Commitment, a strong devotional life, obedience to God and service to others; these are life building habits that make for an effective and dynamic life with God.

The sum total of our life is predicated on habits. “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny”

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A song for revival

Back in the late 70's, early 80's, I heard this song and it touched me in a deep way. Keith Green, in my estimation, was one of the greatest Christian song writers in this country. Sadly, his life was cut short, by the will of God. I have included the words at the end. Friends, if your relationship with Jesus is cold, please listen and allow the Lord to renew you with the wine of his love!

My Eyes Are Dry -music by Keith Green

My eyes are dry, my faith is old,
My heart is hard, my prayers are cold,
And I know how I ought to be,
Alive to you, and dead to me.
Oh what can be done, for an old heart like mine,
Soften it up, with oil and wine.
The oil is You, Your Spirit of love,
Please wash me anew, in the wine of Your blood.
My eyes are dry, my faith is old,
My heart is hard, my prayers are cold,
And I know how I ought to be,
Alive to you, and dead to me.