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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.


Oh man, I haven't played Hand and Foot since early high school. I don't even think I'd have any idea how it works anymore.

Have a blessed Sunday, friend.
I did. :)
Ever played "Flux"? Yeah, the name sounds gross.
Nope. It had been ages since I'd played a card game at all, save solitaire. I need a poker night. And a trip to Vegas.
We used to be hip to all the latest games. Now we're lucky if we can have friends over to eat pizza & try to hold our collective kids down long enough to watch a Disney video.
sounds like somebody's feelin' lucky. ;)
You're so money, and you don't even know it.
hand and foot! i play that at least once a week.
I had a good time learning it.
thank you for not saying irregardless.
This message brough to you by the Department of Redundancy Department.

*coughs* you realize you were being redundant? *smirk*
In reference to the Chambers quote - my pastor's wife and I were discussing just that yesterday after church. I had asked her how Tom and she handled their children with non-Christian extended family, and she wove a beautiful picture of just what Chambers wrote above. Tres interesting.
You'd almost think there was a plan or something.
I thought you wrote "I dreamed of Jedi" there for a moment.

must sleep.
Sleep you must, yes.
hmm. And I thought you wrote "I dreamed of Jeannie" in your statement.

Oh, the irony. It burns.

You have no idea.
Truly appreciated the Utmost quote. I do find it easier to "suffer for Christ" myself than to involve others. Not surprising that it's a more effective interrogation technique to threaten a person's family members than to harm the person himself.

I do wonder about this phenomenon, however. Human nature is to care for self, to seek my own advancement. Do you think this "concern for others" is really just concern for my reputation or that it could be genuine? Perhaps it has nothing to do with the "others" and everything to do with my own false sense of independence and ability to take care of myself.

Constant reminders that God is in control are needed.

Just thoughts.
Do you think this "concern for others" is really just concern for my reputation or that it could be genuine? Perhaps it has nothing to do with the "others" and everything to do with my own false sense of independence and ability to take care of myself.

That, or it can also have everything to do with my desire to be loved and accepted by people, "loving the praise of men."

Truth is, my motives probably don't have everything to do with any single desire. The heart is murky. Culture (Christian and secular alike) tells us that understanding it is the key. Lately, however, I've been trying this thought from Charles Spurgeon on for size:
There is many a knot we seek to untie, which were better cut with the sword of faith.
There is much that is multi-motivational (would that be the correct term?). A man does the dishes for his wife 1) because he loves her, 2) because he wants to watch the afternoon's football game without interruptions, 3) because it's his turn, 4) because he doesn't like how the kitchen smells, 5) because his mother-in-law is planning to stop by later in the day, and 6) because of any number of motivations. Thanks for the reminder.

I bet that Spurgeon will fit if it's all that you have to wear to the banquet.