January 2008


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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Martin Luther King, Jr

“Strength to Love”, 1963

On this day, we stop to honor a man who was not afraid to submit to the call of God on his life.  May each of us pause and ponder the power of a dream and its effects on future generations. 

I was making a comment on my friend Coni’s blog when my next blog topic hit me.  Christ, Undercover!  Coni was saying how she had a completely different view than another sister in Christ who had asked her how she reconciled being a Christian with working on the set of a t.v. show which had a lot of promiscuity in its storyline.  Coni saw it as an opportunity to shine for Jesus, to be a light in a dark place.  She also stated that she believed God opened the doors to get her the job working on the set of that show.  To quote Coni, ” I still believe that we are called to go into the big, wacky world and touch peoples lives.”  I agree wholeheartedly with that! 

Oftentimes,  I see myself as being on secret assignment from the Lord- being a light in a dark place.  I often look for ways I can be a blessing to someone- seeing it as another opportunity for the Love of Christ to shine through.  What I love about it is I can do it anywhere– at home, in my workplace, at the hair salon, in the grocery store, etc.  My assignment may be someone I know, an acquaintance, or a total stranger- it makes no difference.  The only thing that matters is obeying the Holy Spirit and letting the Love of God shine through. I may have an unction to give a particular gift, make a card or a sign, lend a helping hand or a listening ear, etc.  There are so many ways you can make a difference in someone’s life, simply by looking for opportunities to bless and being attentive to those around you. 

Love is always looking to bless.  Just read the Love chapter in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and you will see so many ways to let the Love of God shine through.  Meditating on the traits of Love found in this chapter will change your life if you’ll let it.  What would happen if we all decided to look for ways in order to bless others today…if we decided to listen to that inner witness to act…if we were attentive to the needs of those we came in contact with- not looking at them as, perhaps, we customarily do, but as recipients of this wonderful love we have inside us- what would happen? 

…Perhaps, seeds sown for a changed life?- 

 Mission accomplished! 

I remember you at the strangest of times…your laugh…your smile…jokes for which you forgot the punchline…the times we’ve shared…the tears we’ve cried…the awkward hello’s and tear-stained goodbyes…seasons of transition…recovery from lies…emotional reconciliations and giggle-filled highs…talking for hours- reliving the past…stretching each moment to make it all last…Yes, I think of you at the strangest of times…how Love has been patient and God has been kind.

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A Very Happy New Year
 to You and Yours!