Spread too thin

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For many months, and in some cases years, I have bemoaned and complained about my lack of focus and drive and productivity. I can feel the push to create and share but at times, it seems stifled. What is causing this blockage, this breakdown, in the flow of my mind and heart?

Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

I thinking I am spreading myself too thin, because I am jumping from thing to thing to thing…looking for what I want, or in an extremely self-delusional way, what I think I need. I am going to spend this next year in a journey of self-discovery. I am not looking for what I want or need. I am going to look for what God wants and, without the added sense of ego what needs from me.

I have been called “according to His purpose” (emphasis and edit mine) and not my own. It should be about Him and not about me. It is my calling, but it is not my message. We confuse the fact that because the message is shared with us that we think we own it. It is simply not true. The message, the truth, the calling, the vision, the direction, they all belong to God and He through His grace shares it with us.

God, make me into what you want me to be!

Soli Deo Gloria!

The Better Choice

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But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22 NLT)

As we travel down the road of life, we are faced with many choices. Some choices seem easy at first, but have hard consequences later on. Some of the difficult decisions that we have to go through seem to be a lot simpler on the other side.

Today, we see Samuel giving Saul a message from God to destroy the Amalekite people for their sin and against Him and His people. The LORD instructs Saul to completely destroy every thing and every person. Saul rushes off with 210,00 troops and wins a great victory. However, Saul captures King Agag of Amalek and the best of his sheep, goats, cattle, calves, and lambs. Scripture goes even further to mention that they kept only what appealed to them. Notice here that these things appealed to them, not God. In fact, they destroyed everything that was of poor quality or worthless.

Saul returns home after a great victory, but here comes old Samuel to meet with Saul. Before Saul had even arrived, God had spoken to Samuel and told him what had happened. God was not pleased with the choice that Saul made. When Samuel confronts Saul about the “bleating of sheep and goats and the lowing of cattle,” Saul quickly tell him that he was not keep them for himself. They were to be sacrificed to the LORD.

Oh, sure, Saul! You were not going to keep any of the animals for yourself! In fact, I am sure that the reason that you kept King Agag was to sacrifice him to the LORD as well. Samuel and God see right through this ploy. Samuel answers in verse 22. Basically, he tells Saul that obedience is much better than gifts or offerings. If we cannot even obey the commands of God, what does it mean that we offer Him a present? God is not impressed by what we say we are going to do, but what we actually do.

This decision costs Saul. Verse 35 says that Samuel never went to meet with Saul again. and, chapter 16 begins with God leading Samuel to a new leader for the people. We have to be careful about the choices we make and the intentions behind those choices.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Twitter vs. Facebook: Round 1

Written by Lindsey Fleeman

Ding. Ding.

I love Twitter.  There…I said it.  I might even dare to say (though I’ve only had a personal twitter account for a week) that I may love twitter more than Facebook.  OK, I was just joking on that one, but seriously, Twitter has some good pros that all should look into.  Firstly, with Twitter you can follow anyone in the world, which really helps one keep up not only with their friends, but with celebrities, magazines, companies, and funny people they don’t even know.  Unlike Facebook, there is no stigma attached to users who update their “status” every other minute. AND, there’s no pressure or bad feelings if no one responds to your tweets.  Whereas on Facebook, I always feel like a loser if my profile page is full of nothing but my own status updates.  No comments on Facebook to me is a sad day.  But you see on twitter, it’s not really expected that reply to anyone.  Nice, sure, especially when someone with 1,000 followers responds to you, but it’s not expected.

Next: Twitter knows everything.  Seriously.  If it’s happening in the world, Twitter knows first.  And you can follow news sources on Twitter, which will help you trust the outlandish tweets…like Obama is an American Citizen (though I am pretty sure that they checked on that before he ran guys…).  For a person who doesn’t read news blogs, or watch the news on TV, or read it in the newspaper, Twitter is quite a reliable and fast alternative, often pointing me towards articles that I can read for self-betterment.

I’m sure this is a discussion I will continue in other entries, but come on.  Both Facebook and Twitter are awesome, but in the end it comes down to the fact that I love rooting for the underdog.  And come on, the real reason people aren’t on Twitter is because they don’t really understand what it’s all about. Check it out folks, test the water, but in the end, I’m pretty sure you’ll end up seeing things the way I do.

by Lindsey Fleeman