O tormented soul! How deep thy sorrow,
Thy branches bowed in heavy sighing and weeping!
Thy leaves can find no extra hour to borrow,
Thy crown exposed, and tired of vainly seeking.
No strength canst thou derive from soil depleted,
Thy shallow roots touch not the deeper river;
Thy purpose — to bear the finest fruit — was defeated —
In all thy foliage, thou failedest to find the Giver.
From meditation to glorification is but a short step. In both a word is spoken. In both God is the focus of thought. In both meaning and purpose are present. Dwell on the goodness and holiness of God and make him the center of all attention. God be praised!
by J. Randal Matheny © 2012 UPLift
Bad skiers on the slope were we,
Before the falling avalanche,
In panicked race to eternity,
Attacking time by clock and tranche. Continue reading
We spend so much time, like a fish out of water flopping around without results, trying to decide what to do with our life. No plan, no notion, no purpose, we lose time and energy on things that don’t matter, because we lack focus.
Now Jesus said this to test him, for he knew what he was going to do.
John 6:6 NET
Jesus came to this world with a purpose well established in mind. In this same chapter, Jesus declares several times to the multitude why he came down from heaven to earth: to give his life, so that people could come to the Father and be raised on the last day.
Like Jesus, we can also know very well what we are going to do. Because we have his purpose, the Father’s vision, the Spirit’s power.
This knowledge of what we are going to do will permit us to work with others, as Jesus did with Philip, to test him, and with so many others.
Jesus knew his mission in life.
Emotions are, by nature, volatile and undependable. He who lives by emotions is unstable and incapable of relating properly to others or contributing responsibly to society. Life according to emotion is immaturity, an ever-changing, selfish sea, now calm, now turbulent, now raging.
Intentionality is life according to purpose, plan, and perseverance in action, the determination to be guided by unwavering principles and timeless truth. Such a person finds love, success, and contentment, the steady beam of light welcome everywhere and at all times.
Intentionality may perhaps be best expressed in the words of the Hebrews writer, borrowed from the Old Testament, to sum up the life of Christ: “Here I am: I have come to do your will” (Hebrews 10:7-9 NET; see John 6:38).
Below, some tweets from various accounts, and some thoughts too big for a tweet.
• Existence has meaning which can be discerned and used to frame our lives. Otherwise, it’s all for nothing. The secret is to discover it.
• The coward makes the wrong decision for fear of others’ opinions. The courageous person has only one thought in mind: to do what’s right before God.
• I’m no prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I predict Continue reading
I wrote the following article this morning in Portuguese for the “God with Us” devotional. I translated it for those who might be helped by it. Continue reading