January 11th, 2004


Blessed regardless

If we obey God, it is going to cost other people more than it costs us, and that is where the pain begins. If we are in love with our Lord, obedience does not cost us anything—it is a delight. But to those who do not love Him, our obedience does cost a great deal. If we obey God, it will mean that other people’s plans are upset. They will ridicule us as if to say, "You call this Christianity?" We could prevent the suffering, but not if we are obedient to God. We must let the cost be paid.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (11 January, "What My Obedience to God Costs Other People ")

Thought I'd stay in the rest of the evening yesterday, but ended up joining in with an impromptu game night at Annette's with her, Heather, Nate, and Nathan. Played a couple of card games, Pit and Hand and Foot, and left with Heather after I mopped the floor with my friends in the latter game. Lots of laughs. Good to challenge myself to do these social things that aren't my style and enjoy them for what they're worth— no more, no less. The investment is larger than the event; it's important to be depositing in those accounts now. The future may bring the need to draw on those investments. I am blessed regardless.

Dreamed of Jodi last night. It's been awhile. I wake on the mornings after with a sense of being a little less alone, along with the tears that well a bit as I type. Those aren't a bad thing, however. The memories alone are more than I deserve. I am blessed regardless.

Excited for worship and congregational meeting this morning. It will be good to hear John preach again, as well as for our church to come together and focus on our vision for a moment. Worshipping the Lord is a privilege at all times, yet my heart feels especially ready to sing. As ever, I cannot say what the day will bring. But I, I am blessed regardless.
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