labor day

Ant

Word: Hey lazy, even ants are smarter than you! Consider its ways and wise up.
Though an ant doesn’t have a foreman, boss or manager, it stores its
provisions in the summer and stockpiles its food at harvest time.
How long will you lie there, you slug? When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty
will descend on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man. (Proverbs 6:6-11)
Wonder: Do you put in a full day’s work for a full day’s pay every day or do
you do what you can get by with?

Word: Hey lazy, even ants are smarter than you! Check out its ways and wise up. Though an ant doesn’t have a foreman, boss or manager, it stores its provisions in the summer and stockpiles its food at harvest time. How long will you lie there, you slug? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will descend on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man. (Proverbs 6:6-11)

Wonder: Do you put in a full day’s work for a full day’s pay every day or do you do what you can get by with?

new every morning

Butterfly-red

Word: “… for the Lord’s love is great and his compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Wonder: What blessings from the Lord today will you see? What blessings will you count?

Word: “… for the Lord’s love is great and his compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Wonder: What blessings from the Lord will you see today? What blessings will you count?

no asking going on

No-Soliciting

Word: “Why is it you do not have? Because you do not solicit God.” (James 4:2)
Wonder: There are not any “No Soliciting” signs around the throne of God. Quite the
opposite, actually; he encourages us to ask of him, for he longs to bless us. However,
there are probably some “No Soliciting” signs posted around our heart. There are
matters about which we think “There’s no use asking about that, for he’ll never
hear me.” As to some things, we think “I’ve asked about that before or knew of
others asking and so, there’s no reason for me to ask now.” And on a multitude
of matters, we’re not even aware of the fact we ought to be asking about them,
and so there can’t be any soliciting going on.

Word: “Why is it you do not have? Because you do not solicit God.” (James 4:2)

Wonder: There are not any “No Soliciting” signs surrounding God’s throne in heaven. Quite the opposite, actually; he encourages us to ask of him, for he longs to bless us. However, there are probably some “No Soliciting” signs posted around our heart. There are matters about which we think “There’s no use asking about that, for he’ll never hear me.” As to some things, we think “I’ve asked about that before or knew of others asking and so, there’s no reason for me to ask now.” And on a multitude of matters, we’re not even aware of the fact we ought to be asking about them, and so there can’t be any soliciting going on.

So what might happen if we got serious about asking ourselves about what we’re asking of God?

a pain-free passion?

Word: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)
Wonder: This nick-nack is terribly ironic and disturbing. To reinterpret the cross of Christ with a prayer for a pain-free life smacks to me of everything that is wrong with consumer Christianity. God forbid that our following Jesus might involve carrying our own cross. It is an all too easy, and can even be a quite subtle, thing to make faith be about my will rather than his. But there is no such thing as pain-free Christian faith, unless it is not Christian or is not faith. Christ, not comfort, must be our Lord. What symbols do you encounter that speak of consumer Christianity?

Cross-Prayer-of-Jabez

Word: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)

Wonder: This nick-nack is terribly ironic and disturbing to me. To reinterpret the cross of Christ with a prayer for a pain-free life smacks to me of everything that is wrong with “consumer Christianity.” God forbid that our following the one crucified for us could involve our own crucifixion. It is an all too easy, and can even be a quite subtle, thing to make faith be about my will rather than his. But there is no such thing as pain-free Christian faith, unless it is not Christian or is not faith. Christ, not comfort, must be our Lord. What symbols do you encounter that reek of consumer Christianity?

the path

Path

Word: Watch your step along the paths for your feet and stick to the path. Do not stray off the path either to the right or to the left; keep your foot from evil. (Proverbs 4:26-27)
Wonder:Word: Watch your step along the paths for your feet and stick to the path. Do not stray off the path either to the right or to the left; keep your foot from evil. (Proverbs 4:26-27)
Wonder:

Word: Watch your step along the paths for your feet and stick to the path. Do not stray off the path either to the right or to the left; keep your foot from evil. (Proverbs 4:26-27)

Wonder: What we need, though only the Lord can provide it, is a simple path through life. What we need, and we’re the only ones who can do it, is to simply stay on the path. What is the greater challenge to you most of the time: seeing and understanding the path God has laid out or, having seen the path, sticking to it?

access denied

No-Trespassing-sign

Word: “One of the seven angels … showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It was radiant with God’s glory! Its brilliance was like a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. … Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life can enter. … Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may … go through the gates into the city. Ever to remain outside of the city are the dogs – those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, murderers,  idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” (Revelation 21:10-11,27; 22:14-15)
Wonder: God alone determines who can enter the Holy City forever, and who cannot. Only God can make people pure; people made holy to populate the Holy City. How open are you to his purifying work in you here and now that you might be with him then and there?

Word: “One of the seven angels … showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It was radiant with God’s glory! Its brilliance was like a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. … Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life can enter. … Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may … go through the gates into the city. Ever to remain outside of the city are the dogs – those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, murderers,  idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” (Revelation 21:10-11,27; 22:14-15)

Wonder: God alone determines who can enter the Holy City forever, and who cannot. Only God can make people pure; people made holy to populate the Holy City. How open are you to his purifying work in you here and now that you might be with him then and there?

who is your builder?

House-construction

Word: “Unless the Lord is the builder of a house, the work of its builders is in vain. If it isn’t the Lord
watching over a city, those on guard duty are useless.” (Psalm 127:1)
Wonder: Is your faith more in the Lord and his involvement with your life or is it in what you can
do on your own and how you try to do the right thing?

Word: “Unless the Lord is the builder of a house, the work of its builders is in vain. If it isn’t the Lord watching over a city, those on guard duty are useless.” (Psalm 127:1)

Wonder: Is your faith more in the Lord and his involvement with your life or is it in what you can do on your own and how you try to do the right thing? That is, is your faith actually in him and his work or is it in you and your work?