leaving a mark…

13 01 2008

I have been thinking about this a lot lately…what kind of mark am I leaving on people?

How am I loving people?  How am I interacting with people?  Is my life going to leave a mark on others?

Deep thoughts I know but that’s where I am at in life!  A great Psalm – 139

Psalm 139

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

 1 O LORD, you have searched me
       and you know me.

 2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
       you perceive my thoughts from afar.

 3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
       you are familiar with all my ways.

 4 Before a word is on my tongue
       you know it completely, O LORD.

 5 You hem me in—behind and before;
       you have laid your hand upon me.

 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
       too lofty for me to attain.

 7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
       Where can I flee from your presence?

 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
       if I make my bed in the depths, [a] you are there.

 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
       if I settle on the far side of the sea,

 10 even there your hand will guide me,
       your right hand will hold me fast.

 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
       and the light become night around me,”

 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
       the night will shine like the day,
       for darkness is as light to you.

 13 For you created my inmost being;
       you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
       your works are wonderful,
       I know that full well.

 15 My frame was not hidden from you
       when I was made in the secret place.
       When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

 16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
       All the days ordained for me
       were written in your book
       before one of them came to be.

 17 How precious to [b] me are your thoughts, O God!
       How vast is the sum of them!

 18 Were I to count them,
       they would outnumber the grains of sand.
       When I awake,
       I am still with you.

 19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
       Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!

 20 They speak of you with evil intent;
       your adversaries misuse your name.

 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD,
       and abhor those who rise up against you?

 22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
       I count them my enemies.

 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
       test me and know my anxious thoughts.

 24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
       and lead me in the way everlasting.

My God is El Roi (the God who sees me),  the God who knows me, the God is aware of all my circumstances even when I am unaware…





a little politics

9 01 2008

MIKE HUCKABEE AD IN MICHIGAN 





Politics

4 01 2008

Are you paying attention to the people running for President?

Who would you vote for?

What are the issues you care about?





An excerpt from Quiet Strength…

2 01 2008

I loved this from Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy about success…

“The competing views of success in our world often create an interesting tension.  Society tends to define success in terms of accomplishments and awards, material possessions, and profit margins.  In the football business, winning is the only thing that matters.

God’s word, however, presents a different definition of success – one centered on a relationship with Jesus Christ and a love fror God that allows us to love and serve others.  God gives each one of us unique gifts, abilities, and passions.  How well we use those qualities to have an impact on the world determines how  ‘successful’ we really are.

If we get caught up in chasing that the world defines as success, we can use our time and talent to do some great things.  We might even become famous.  But in the end, what will it mean?

What will people remember us for?  Are other people’s lives better because we lived?  Did we make a difference?  Did we use to the fullest the gifts and abilities God gave us?  Did we give our best effort, and did we do it for the right reasons?

God’s definition of success is really one of significance – the significant difference our lives can make in the lives of others.  The significance doesn’t show up in win-loss record, long resumes, or the trophies gathering dust on our mantels.  It’s found in the hearts and lives of those we’ve come across who are in some way better because of the way we lived. “

Quiet Strength