>> Thursday, January 14, 2010
I try not to be a divisive Christian, and I hope I don't come across as one now. I'll leave it to smart theologians and anyone else led by God to have an opinion on the whys of calamity or to discuss Pat Robertson, Obama, or CNN. But I'm an ordinary person. And if being "out of the ordinary" means I have to get in the mix of these things, then I'm content to be ordinary forever.
"Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages.He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news,and healed their diseased bodies,healed their bruised and hurt lives.When He looked out over the crowds,His heart broke.So confused and aimless they were,like sheep with no shepherd.'What a huge harvest!' He said to His disciples.'How few workers!On your knees and pray for harvest hands!'"Matthew 9:35-50, The Message
"Let me tell you why you are here.You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings outthe God-flavors of this earth.If you lose your saltiness,how will people taste godliness?""Here's another way to put it:You're here to be light,bringing out the God-colors in the world.God is not a secret to be kept.I'm putting you on a light stand.Now that I've put you there on a hilltop,on a light stand--shine!""Keep open house; be generous with your lives.By opening up to others,you'll prompt people to open up with God,this generous Father in Heaven."
"You're blessed when you care.At the moment of being 'care-full,'you find yourselves cared for.""You're blessed when you get your inside world--your mind and heart--put right.Then you can see God in the outside world.""You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperateinstead of compete or fight.That's when you discover who you really are,and your place in God's family."(All verses from Matthew 5 in the Message)