No One Shares My Reality (Or Yours)

I do a lot of reading and frankly, I’m tired of reading ministry articles and books full of ministry ideas. They are meant to help me do ministry better but generally they leave me feeling like I can never do it right. I always have the question, “Wow, this is great stuff but how do I apply it to my reality?” It is always then that I realize that no one shares my reality. All I have is trusting God as my guide and hopefully gleaning some good and usable ideas from my reading. This usually happens after my attitude subsides.  (I do realize that we do this in this article but it is different. We are right.)

So since I am in this mood, I’m going to rant a bit. But it is my hope that these rants will encourage you as you spend day in and day out in your reality.

Like Rizpah

Originally published in 1992.

Rizpah was one of the daughters of Saul and she had two sons.  Her two sons, Armoni and Mephibosheth (not the Mephibosheth David befriended), were hanged to their death by the Gibeonites as were several other of Saul's descendants.  Rizpah, a mom and lover of her sons, can teach us a lesson out of what she did for her dead sons.  

This is what she did:  "Rizpah daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it out for herself on a rock.  From the beginning of the harvest till the rain poured down from the heavens on the bodies, she did not let the birds of the air touch them by day or the wild animals by night."   2 Samuel 21:10 CEV.

The Glass is Half Full

Originally published February 15, 2008.

Concerning this generation of teens and young adults, I believe the glass is really half full.

I know study after study is saying that teens are leaving the church in droves when they graduate from high school.Study after study is saying that the younger generation has a bad connotation of Christians and thus are not seeking out the Church or even God as an answer for their lives.There are the stories of how this generation is so much more narcissistic than previous ones.Add to all that are the all-too-common stories of how debaucherous young men and young women act these days.Can behavior standards get any lower?For some, it could seem as if the glass is half empty.

However I am seeing the glass as half full.And this is why.