60 Hours

29 12 2014

time“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”  John 13:34-35 MSG

This year is quickly coming to an end.  It’s a good time to take a quick inventory of things that were on our “to do list” for this year.  If you are like me some things will be transferred to my 2015 list in hopes that the coming year will be the right time and place to accomplish those goals.  Other items we can proudly say were achievements for the year.  But even with 60 hours left, you may have time to consider your relationship “to do” list.  What are the things that need to get done in our hearts and minds regarding the people in our lives?  Did we intend to reach out to a loved one that we have not connected with in a while?  Did we forget to call and encourage someone who is going through a difficult time?  Did we seek to repair a relationship that was severed or damaged in the past year?  The people in our lives are so important in our walk with the Lord.  It is important to make every effort to remove unforgiveness, malice and bitterness from our hearts and our thinking.  We can use the hours that remain to reach out to those people in our lives and take those steps that will help us to have a clean heart and mind as we approach the New Year.





Heartwork

6 12 2013

YDSCF0547ou intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:20 NIV
Our hearts are designed to be healthy full of peace and love. It is a large vital muscle within us that gets stronger as we extend our love and compassion to others. Acts of love circulate wellness throughout our being and emanate out to God’s people – using kind and encouraging words and extending genuine concern to those who are in need. We can keep our hearts healthy being careful not to let unforgiveness, jealousy and other blockages that create harm to our bodies and to the Body of Christ. Some of our life experiences seem to be designed to do irreparable harm – betrayal, abuse, disappointment. Thanks be to God that our hearts and experiences in the hands of the Savior can turn what the enemy planned for evil into good. Our passage today is from the familiar account of Joseph’s brothers who left him to die in a pit because of their jealousy against him. What an unthinkable act of betrayal. Joseph when encountering his brothers later did not seek vengeance but found forgiveness in his heart seeing the larger picture and how God turned this evil act into something good. I believe God is able to do this for each of us who may need the heart work of forgiveness and the healing of fresh wounds and scars. God is the ultimate heart surgeon, who can complete the work when we place our heart and our will in His hands.