No, I haven’t flown away yet, though the recent lull in posting is quite unannounced. Just putting first things first. I think we each must evaluate our priorities regularly because we are prone to allow them to go askew (or maybe that’s just me). I do have a few tid-bits to share with you today, though.
– This passage from James rings in the ears of my heart continually these days.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” ~ James 1:2-6 (ESV)
There’s so much to pull from there! If you haven’t yet, do find the time to study the whole book of James, even if only one chapter a quarter. You won’t be disappointed (is Scripture ever disappointing?!).
– I also recommend this sermon series I have mostly finished: Know Christ by Alistair Begg at Truth for Life
– Finally (and randomly – I apologize), I want to leave you with this quote to chew on:
“[P]iety is working, not wishing. But working without praying is unproductive because it lacks the Lord’s blessing. Jesus said, ‘Without me you can do nothing’ and he made the sanctification of his people a matter of prayer to his Father.” ~ Hywel R. Jones in his book Psalm 119 For Life