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20th

Forward motion

Beware of anything that competes with your loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of true devotion to Jesus is the service we do for Him. It is easier to serve than to pour out our lives completely for Him. The goal of the call of God is His satisfaction, not simply that we should do something for Him. We are not sent to do battle for God, but to be used by God in His battles. Are we more devoted to service than we are to Jesus Christ Himself?

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (18 January, "'It Is the Lord!'")


The day begins well. Spent lots of yesterday in a funk, almost entirely of my own doing. I'm one of the moodiest people I know, and I haven't nearly as much cause as I'd like to think. Dying to myself is far from a terrible thing— more freedom than sacrifice by far. Need to be reminded more often. He is, thankfully, faithful, and faithful to give me opportunities daily.

We'll see how the day goes, but as it stands, things look pretty relaxed after work and worship. Work itself may be a different matter, as I'm trying to leave more room for volunteers to be responsible for their own service rather than personally ensuring all the ducks are in a row. I've quoted this before, but it bears repeating: my old friend Monte wisely observed, "The only way to have all your ducks in a row is when they're dead." I want our church to be a little more alive, and that means risk and failure. I can live with that, and He can certainly provide for it.

For the office, I've been playing with iCal as a calendaring solution that will enable me to keep John's schedule, the church's, and my own. Looks like it will work like a charm (much better than Entourage, which I'd been using— sorry Micro$oft and journeyto). The fact that there will soon be a synching solution for John's and my Sidekicks only sweetens the deal further.

Been neglecting a ton, and the same things are still on my mind and heart, but being faithful in this moment means trusting Him and moving ahead. He will be faithful to the rest.

Comments

I needed to hear that. Thanks. Oswald Chambers rocks.
Don't kid yourself.

You just love any opportunity to spell Microsoft with a "$".

And I'll be here for you when your iCal breaks down. :)
I hope you will be-- it'll probaby be a long time from now.
sigh - nothing worse than someone who loves the Apple. :)
You me and you know it.
1-9 on the list, baby.
Blast that pesky #10.
You're not moody, you *brood*. Crucial difference. Brooding is manly and attractive. Moody means you need to borrow one of my Midol.

Oh, and I got a copy of My Upmost last week.
i think i beat you in the moodiness area. it may sound weird, but i think in those times the best thing to do is *relish* it. you are who you are, and while obviously imperfect (yes, i said it), it doesn't have to be negated for being spiritual/Godly. i hope that makes sense.
"The only way to have all your ducks in a row is when they're dead."

I am totally stealing this.