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Don’t Reel It In

I cry out to God Most High,
    to God who fulfills his purpose for me. Psalm 57:2

I took advantage of this weekend to get some yard work done.  I will admit yard work is not a favorite, but I love the way a yard looks after some TLC.  I was weed eating the ditch when I noticed my machine was making a lot of noise, but the weeds were not going anywhere.  I flipped the weed eater over and there was just about one inch of green cord sticking out. I tugged at it, bounced the bottom on a rock and twisted the cartridge. Nothing helped.  My daughter came up the hill and asked what was wrong. I relayed the information, and she took the weed eater and removed the cartridge.

“Here’s the problem.  The cord was hung up on this and holding it back from releasing.”

                I returned to my task.  As the grass flew, I found myself thinking about what she said. “the cord was being held back”.  Because the cord was unable to be released, it made the weed eater ineffectual. There was a lot of noise, but nothing was happening.

                There are many things in our lives that may hold us back from realizing our potential and fulfilling God’s Plan for our lives.  Sometimes it is other people, we may blame circumstances, but I believe it is mostly ourselves that hold us back. It is the fear of ridicule, fear of failure, unable or unwilling to take the risk, finances, or lack of confidence. Whatever it may be, we seem to forget that if God has placed a desire, a talent, or a mission within you, he has already taken care of all the issues you are worried about. I struggle with this myself probably a lot more than I should. I worry about being ridiculed or not having the money to do something and I worry that some people will think I am crazy. (Actually, several already do)

                It is easy to be bold when our peers are cheering us on.  It is easy to speak out when our message coincides with popular ideas. However, when we speak the truth and share Christ with others outside our circle it is not as easy. When we act while using the Bible as our guide, not everyone understands or appreciates our reasons.  So, we hold back. We reel it in, and we render ourselves ineffectual.

                Jesus dealt with the same issues during his life and ministry. He knew he had mission; he knew it when it was just 12 years old and boldly announced to his family in the synagogue, “I must be about my Father’s business”. (Luke 2:49) Jesus did not allow his human side to be held back, he walked in faith.  During his ministry he did not carry food or an extra cloak but rather depended on the Lord to provide. And boy did God provide, feeding over 5,000! (Matthew 14:13-21)

                So, as you read this, you may be thinking well that was Jesus of course he had faith and God made his way. I am just somebody, somewhere doing something.  I get it.  However, God has given you a mission.  God has a plan a design and he is eager for you to step up and accept it. Stop reeling it in, let it out and get to it.

Will it be easy? Absolutely not.

 Will everyone like what you do or say?  Absolutely not.

Will all your family and friends support you? Absolutely not.

 Will Jesus walk it with you? Absolutely.

                Typist for Jesus

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Bubble Trouble

Bubble Trouble

So they complained to Moses by saying, “Give us water to drink!” Exodus 17:2

I was washing up dishes the other evening when I noticed that Bryan was acting strangely.  He was crouched down, eyes wide and tail down.  “What is it boy?”  I asked.  He turned and went to get in his chair.  I did not think too much more about it, until the next morning.  Bryan was taking much longer in the back yard than usual.  I went through the gate and peered around the deck.  Bryan was lapping up something.  Concerned it could be a dead animal or maybe something someone had thrown in the back yard; I began calling him as I walked into the yard.   For some inexplicable reason, he had dug a hole and was lapping up muddy water.  I took him in and to the new water dispenser.  I stuck my finger in the cool water and put it up to his lips.  He licked but would not venture closer.  Finally, after much cajoling he timidly approached the water.  Once he tasted the coolness he began to lap faster and that is when it happened.

“BA-LOOP, BA-LOOP”

Bryan took off like a shot out of the kitchen.  That big bubble had sent him skittering across the tile.  I never thought that an eighty-pound dog would be afraid of air bubbles when I bought a new water dispenser over the weekend.  I know that many of you, like me are laughing at Bryan for being afraid of the bubbles, but we are not that much different.  Very few of us embrace change.  Nor do we like it when God moves us out of comfort zone.  Sometimes, for God to bless us or position us where he needs us, it means that things in our lives must change.  The Israelites prayed for 400 years before God sent Moses to lead the them out of Egypt and to their own land.  However, to get from the land of captivity to the promised land, there had to be some changes.   Just like the Israelites of the Exodus, we too do not want to endure changes or adapt to something new. 

              Poor Bryan is so afraid of the new water dispenser that he prefers to drink muddy water out of the backyard than deal with something new.  How many times have you, so afraid of change, settled for muddy water?  I cannot count the times I have allowed my fear of change, failure or discomfort keep me from blessings or opportunities.  Do not settle for muddy water, instead trust God to lead you, provide for you and strengthen you as you embrace the opportunities that come with change.

Typist for Jesus