Thursday, June 22, 2006
Dear Christian. Be filled with praise and give abundant thanks that you serve the God of infinite peace! Forget not the picture of your Savior slumbering serenely in the midst of a chaotic, turbulent storm, whose power is so great, He need but only speak a word, "peace." And instantly the rushing water and whooshing winds obeyed Him and all was still and silent, at perfect rest. Dear Christian, empowered by the Holy Spirit that dwells within you, fret not. Your God is more than able to calm any storm that rages within your fearful heart. If Jesus was able to cast out demons, heal the sick, and raise from the dead, if Jesus was able to pluck a wretched sinner like you from the mire and muck and to translate you into the kingdom of the Son of His love, how much more can He soothe your worried spirit and ease your troubled mind? He is able and willing to accomplish what concerns you. Rest, dear Christian, rest!
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
It's almost impossible to believe. My best friend is getting married in 3 days! I am ecstatically happy and miserably sad at the same time. I didn't realize it was possible to feel such contradictory, conflicting emotions together. Sandi and I talked about something a couple of weeks ago and I still can't seem to get it off my mind. The purpose of marriage is to serve God better with someone than you can serve Him alone. Yet, there are so many married people who say their time with the Lord was never the same after they got married. But I don't think that has to be the case. As a matter of fact, I think marriage is a sanctifying time and should make you even more like Christ than when you're single. Marriage should not be seen as a distraction or a disruption in your spiritual life. Of course we should enjoy singleness and the benefits of serving the Lord without any encumbrances...but that doesn't give us license to look down our noses at marriage. After all, it is one of the greatest earthly gifts the Lord can give us. Yes, practically the form and the focus of your ministry must shift when you're married, but the motivation and drive remain the same--the glory of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In three days I will walk down the aisle and watch as my kindred spirit makes vows to the man God has chosen for her, and I will praise God for the gift of marriage and the gift of singleness that He so graciously bestows on His children as He sees fit.