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Less is more

Today we have far too many desires and interests, and our lives are being consumed and wasted by them. Many of them may be right, noble, and good, and may later be fulfilled, but in the meantime God must cause their importance to us to decrease. The only thing that truly matters is whether a person will accept the God who will make him holy.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (1 September,"Destined To Be Holy")

Less and less. More and more.

Great day yesterday. Community Group was so good! Love the sense that God is up to something, that the lights are going on for us and we are starting to know Him better, to see how He works and what He wants for us, and to long for what is real.

Lots brewing in mind and heart about praise, some of which I shared with my group last night. It's big, and if it doesn't fizzle, I'll likely jot some notes here to map those thoughts.

Rain has returned this morning. I love the sound.

Hard to believe it's midweek already. Phil's vacationing in New York this week, so it's just John and me for staff today. Speaking of hard to believe, sometimes the fact that I work for a church still amazes me, the fact that I get to do what I do and make a living from it. Not that it's not work; it's just incredible to be in a place where I can always serve, where the vision and mission are clear and I can order not just my work but my life behind them, where I never have question of whether what I'm doing has meaning or purpose. Though there are many things I miss about being an educator, gratitude doesn't beging to capture how I feel when I even begin to understand what I've been given in this.


The rain woke me up at about 6. I haven't wanted to go back to bed yet...
Don't look now, but I hear hope under every paragraph here. :o]
I'm not sure what interests he's referring to... whether they be things to do with church or just life in general. But Jeff and I have recently become frustrated with families who seem to take part in every activity under the sun, and then spend their weeks pulled in a million different directions while their unit suffers. I've yet to figure out a way to show them that this is destroying their home. The worst is when they say they're a part of all these things "to witness"... and yet... there's no TIME to! Even while attending, they're preparing for the next. Or just dropping kids off here and there and not actually taking the time to meet other parents. Anyway... enough from me. :)
I love the sound of rain too. I used to borrow compact discs of rain sound effects (rain on perspex, rain on a tin roof, cars on a wet road...) from the local public library and listen to them straight through while I worked.
Amen for that! What do you do in the church?
I'm the Administrator, which means I do all the stuff that's not teaching and preaching or music and worship. It's a great job.
That's great :) what a cool job. Good for you!

Will you take me back and accept my apolgy for being overly-sensitive?

Of course-- I'm not even sure you were out of line. And I like you.
I like having you as a friend. I really do.