The Evil Snooze Button...

Why is it that when you know what is good for you you don't do it?  You may even want to do but you don't. I think it boils down to the passage in Romans 7:

19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.
20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

I find it increasingly difficult as the week goes on to get up and have my quiet time.  I heard someone say recently that the "snooze button is evil."  I'm beginning to think they are right.  I set my alarm to get up, I want to get up and have my quiet time, but the snooze button beckons.  Ah, the limited pleasure of an extra 10 minutes of sleep.  But how does that compare to the eternal blessings of spending time with God.  It really doesn't.  I know this in my head.  I know this in my heart.  I know intellectually and I know this experientially, but I still hit that snooze button.  So let me get you to pray for me again  and pray for less slothfulness and more diligence in my quiet time.

It's Critical

Romans 14:10 “Why do you criticize and pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you look down upon or despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.

(12) And so each of us shall give an account of himself - give an answer in reference to judgment - to God.

(13) Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother.” (The Amplified Bible)

I don't normally read the Amplified Bible. I found this after I did a search on a "critical spirit. " Why was I doing a search on a "critical spirit" you ask.  Funny you should ask, I was going to tell you anyway.

It was brought to my attention that I may have a critical spirit.  It was God who brought it too my attention.  I made a grievous error and asked Him to show me my sin.  I say that because, you really can't ask God to do things you really don't want Him to do.  I mean surely I had no sin, right?  Wrong.  Anyway I digress.

Things have been good in my spiritual life, I could feel the moving of the spirit.  But I don't want to rest on my laurels as they were.  So I ask the Lord to help me grow more and to remove all obstacles of my life.  One day while listening to John MacArthur speak, I got out of his sermon that there were those who did experience the joy of the Lord because of a critical spirit.  His words seemed to get louder at that point and it is now the only thing from the sermon I remember.

I've noticed lately that I have become increasingly critical of those around me.  My family, bless them, are some of the ones who have negatively benefited from this criticism.   But they are not the only ones on whom I bestow my critical eye.  It has kept me from rejoicing with those who lives the Lord is working in.

It is my prayer that the Lord with remove this spirit from me and teach me to be an encourager.

Moments Like This

Yesterday I got her up and took her to school as I do nearly every morning.  There were a few arguments as usual, but generally a good morning.   I got her to school and said bye to her.  We didn't see each other all day.  It's really not that unusual. 

I finished the day at work.  Called Janet to let her know I was on my way to church, it's Wednesday.  I arrive before they did.   I waited and played on my new Motorola Droid (It's not an advertisement even though I like it).

There's a bang on my window, it's her.  I get out of the car and she says "Hold me!"  I pick her up and receive those wonderful hugs that fathers always dream of.   It is the highlight of my day and I can't wait to see her today.

Better Than I Deserve

You might think from the title that I was talking about what Jesus has done for me.  In most cases you would be right, but today I'm talking about my wife Janet.  I have to tell Janet does not like the spotlight.  She'd prefer to fade into the background and not be noticed at all.  But I can't help but notice her.  I think she is the most beautiful woman on earth.  Which is why I don't understand why I have never written specifically about her.

Janet packs my lunch for me almost every day.  Yesterday she packed me an orange, pretty good isn't it?   Well, when I peel the orange it was moldy on the inside.  I didn't eat it.  I told her about it.  She was shocked and couldn't apologize enough.  I really didn't think there was a need to apologize, things happen.

Today she packed my lunch, and peeled the orange before hand to make sure that it wasn't moldy.  Now you tell me, isn't that better than I deserve.

A Kid at Christmas

I just bought a new cell phone.  I haven’t got it yet.  But I’m very excited, because it’s one of those new fangled droid phones from google.  It’s the Motorola Droid.  I’ve seen them in action and I can’t wait.

It is the only thing in my life that I have ever bought that was top of the line or best in it’s class.  The research says this phone it is.

Okay it’s not the iPhone, but in order to do that I would have to switch carriers and that is something I’m not willing to do.  Besides what does the iPhone have that the Droid doesn’t.

So I’m going to wait patient for the Fedex guy…