Where You Are

Man Hand writing Living a Thankful Life with black marker on visThere are times when I find myself in a place (not a physical place) and I wonder how I arrived here. If I allow myself to be moved around by the circumstances in my life and on this journey of life, I can drift just about anywhere. I have recently been encouraged and inspired to “sit up straight” and take notice to things around me. I am noticing my response to things that are negative. I am noticing my response to things that are positive. I’m am noticing my response to negative people as well as positive people. I am becoming aware of where I am currently, but more importantly where I want to go.

I don’t have grandiose dreams of being President, representative or hold any elected office. I don’t mind serving and helping the people who hold positions of leadership, but I don’t aspire to those positions. I’ve seen first-hand the games that must be played to hold those positions and it’s quite distasteful to me. I’m in a place of servant leadership in my church and I feel called to be here. I serve at the pleasure of the King of Kings. His credentials are stellar and complete. Check this out…

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the one who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8 CSB)

I don’t need a title to serve. I don’t need a position to hold. I don’t need lots of equipment or wardrobe to serve. The training is “on the job” serving.

John, the disciple/apostle was an eye-witness to the Son of God. He saw Jesus heal. He saw Jesus forgive. He saw Jesus teach. He saw Jesus love on people. He saw Jesus serve.  John finds himself on the island of Patmos – tradition says he was banished there away from people and society. He embraces where he is and serves from there. Check this out…

I, John, your brother and partner in the affliction, kingdom, and endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.  (Revelation 1:9 CSB)

“Wherever you go, there you are” is credited to Confucius. I need to become aware of where I am. I need to be aware of my attitude. I need to be aware of my heart condition. I need to be aware of outlook. My circumstances change quickly and I must adjust. I can’t control what others say or do. I can’t control the weather. I can control my attitude and response to the things that happen to me.

I made a commitment to follow Jesus many years ago and I’m determined that where every I go, He’s going too. When I get to wherever it is I’m going – I won’t ever be alone. He has never left me alone. His Presence make my “present” make sense. He knows right where I am, even if I’m not sure. I am here largely because of choices that I’ve made and He’s right here too because I wouldn’t be here without Him.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Praise The Lord

 

Worship to GodI’ve been around people who can praise the Lord in any and every circumstance. I remember one person saying it all the time years ago and I thought they were a bit crazy. I have studied and researched in my journey what it means to Praise the Lord. My research and study was not exhaustive but it took a few years for me to get where I am in my understanding. I believe I must make a choice to Praise the Lord always and in all circumstances. I believe He oversees my life. I don’t believe He causes bad things to happen, but I believe He could prevent bad things from happening. I can’t always follow His thought processes when it comes to what He does or doesn’t do. The more I study His Word, the more I trust Him and the more I can praise Him always. Check this out…

Praise the Lord.

Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord. (Psalm 150:1-6 NIV)

The Lord’s ways are higher than my ways.

The Lord has never been wrong.

The Lord has never been late.

The Lord has never been early.

The Lord has never been surprised.

I love this song by Crowder called Praise The Lord

I used to shake You like an 8-ball
I used to shoot You like a gun
I used to hold You like a hammer
Try to nail down everyone
I used to keep You in a steeple
Used to bind You in a Book
I used to take You like prescription
Without knowing what I took

(Chorus) But now I just don’t buy it anymore
No, I’ve tried and I’ve tried to know everything for sure
But I find I know less as I come to know You more
You’re not who I thought You were
Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord

Your love’s an ocean, not a river
A symphony, not just a song
I don’t think everybody’s right
I think we often get it wrong
I think that when we get to Heaven
We’re gonna laugh when we can see
How hard we try to make it
And how easy it should be (Chorus)

Providence is endless
Mercy is a mystery
And fear is no good reason
To believe in anything (Chorus)

            (Written by Sean McConnell)
I can’t control all that happens to me today, but I can trust the Lord to use whatever happens for His praise and His glory.

Pressing On!

Dwayne