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Untrained Servants

I may indeed be untrained as a speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way. II Corinthians 11:6 NIV

Paul and the other apostles made it clear that Paul was untrained as a speaker. When he spoke it was of his personal knowledge and relationship with Jesus. I speak of my personal relationship with Jesus through my writing. I don’t have the first hand and physical knowledge Paul had of Jesus. Paul and the other apostles were plain everyday people passing the message on the best way they could. That is what they were led to do. Now days, people who look plain, ordinary and even boring are looked over. We miss the knowledge and love that lies in their hearts. Paul would have been overlooked by our modern standards for spiritual leaders. People look for talent to entertain, instead of content to touch their souls.You know the preachers that can yell the loudest and have the biggest cathedrals. By commingling my knowledge and understanding, I pray I am successful in my small endeavors. For me that means I would like some spiritual nugget I possess to grow into a boulder for someone else and be passed onto others.

Through your writing or speaking you can only hope and pray that someone’s heart is touched. Whether we are children’s writers, spiritual writers, anthology writers ,we all want to speak to or touch someone’s heart. That’s what writing is all about. We are untrained servants too and no matter what we intend to pass onto others,we need to do this with some knowledge in our genre. If we are intimidated by our lack of knowledge, we should keep searching and learning. I know this keeps me searching and learning in my spirituality and writing endeavors. Just like Paul, our way of communicating may not always be the most eloquent, but if it’s coming through with love and discernment, people’s hearts will be touched.

Lord help us to always to communicate our knowledge to the best of our ability. Help us to communicate and touch people’s hearts and spirits through prayer and love. Amen

Work Hard for God

Bible ComputerWhatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.Work hard at whatever you do. You will soon go to the world of the dead, where no one works or thinks or reasons or knows anything. Ecclesiastes 9:10 NIV

 As a mother, I’ve tried to instill in my family to work hard at whatever they were attempting. It didn’t matter if they were the best, just that they did their best. Even if they fell short of their objective, they could be proud of their effort.  By taking a chance, someone might see them and be inspired to try harder.  By not trying, they’d never know what they could accomplish.

Now I have to eat my lecture.  My Father expects the same from me.  Whether I’m cleaning our house or writing, He wants my best work.  Age is catching up with me I don’t want to meet God with my mission incomplete. That will only happen, if I don’t work hard, write, and submit.  While being part of the world of the living, I can think, work, and reason out what is my best. God will take care of the rest because He is working through me.

Prayer: Lord, too soon we won’t be able to use our writing to help others.  Whether its death of the body or of the mind, our ability to think, reason, or remember will be compromised.  Help each of us to work hard to touch one person, and we will touch millions.


Living in the Present

Young Man with His Hand on His ForeheadGod extends his patience and generosity to us all. It’s never too late to let go of past failures. We can always make a choice to do the right thing in the present moment. When we do, God can bring it to good purpose.— from Fools, Liars, Cheaters, and Other Bible Heroes

 God is generous enough not to remember our past failures. Why do we dwell on them? We mull the problem over and over to the point of keeping ourselves awake at night. We ask ourselves why did I do that and how could I have done it different. All this time, he’s patient and generous. He knows you have questions, but when we figure out the problem and have a solution; forget it. Save the knowledge for future decisions.

 Failures can be a growth experience. From a failure we need to take the facts that made our endeavor a failure and change our life. Let go of the past and grow from it. If the situation arises again, make the right choice in that moment. He will honor your choice and bring your failure to a good purpose.

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