Keep It Simple – Good News for January 15

15 01 2009

Hebrews 3:7-14

The Holy Spirit says:

Oh, that today you would hear his voice, “Harden not your hearts as at the rebellion in the day of testing in the desert, where your ancestors tested and tried me and saw my works for forty years. Because of this I was provoked with that generation and I said, ‘They have always been of erring heart, and they do not know my ways.’ As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter into my rest.’

Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil and unfaithful heart, so as to forsake the living God. Encourage yourselves daily while it is still “today,” so that none of you may grow hardened by the deceit of sin. We have become partners of Christ if only we hold the beginning of the reality firm until the end.

The Daily Path: Since the active return to my Catholic faith, I have been increasingly conscious of what a daily partnership with God means. It’s the genesis for  this blog and many other daily activities as I attempt to draw ever closer to God. My objective is to always keep it simple. Although we are surrounded by daily opportunities for sin to “harden our hearts”, we are also surrounded by even more chances to feel God’s love and live it. “Oh, that today you would hear his voice…”

Keep it simple, but keep Him close.

Room to Chat: My wife and I prayed last night with some friends of ours who are members of the local Presbyterian congregation. We didn’t actually say a formal prayer, but we did have a very spontaneous chat about our respective spiritual journeys. What a complete surprise that was! One minute the topic is youth sports, the next… God. This completely unexpected but delightful conversation about God in our lives was in essence, a prayer of thanksgiving.

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15 01 2009
Mahalia

Simplicity is okay if it is okay with God. ….The human man is made literally from clay. God is like the master potter forming and shaping a vessel out of clay. But if the clay is too hard, it will not bend into the form and shape he wants. If it is too soft and moist, it lacks firmness to ‘stay put’ where the potter bends it. …

The human clay must be pliable, must yield willingly. … Yet if he is so lacking in will, purpose and determination that he won’t ‘stay put’ when God molds him partly into what God wants him to be—too wishy-washy, weak, lacking root of character, he will never endure to the end. He will lose out
….

This is worth contemplating. When God shapes you, do you stay put? Initially, drawing closer to God is not SIMPLE and EASY….but in the end it is simply beautiful and worth the sacrifices….

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