red tape

it binds, with rules and laws
it binds, with ideology and theology
it binds, with doubt and division
it binds, with plans and good intentions

when we should be sharing life
when we should be speaking life
when we should be doing life
red tape binds us

Time Capsule

A friend wrote a blog titled: What would you say to yourself 10 years ago? My comment is below:

I thought about this a lot, and there’s a lot I would tell myself, but sadly aside from the natural things there’s not much spiritual stuff my 18 yr old self would accept. I can be rather slow and stubborn at times (for good and for bad).

But I think if there was one really desperate message that might be able to reach out to my younger self it would probably be comprised of something along the lines of get over yourself, don’t let pain harden your heart, God is real, and His dreams are bigger than your dreams go and live them.

Funny some of these things I’m still trying to learn. Maybe I should forward this on to my future self as well 🙂

So consider this a note to my future self.

An Honest Heart

Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit. Psalm 32:2

We cannot deceive God. Twice in the Acts God is called “the Heartknower” (Acts 1:24; 15:8). But we can deceive ourselves. Here are four differences between deceit and honesty in our hearts.

One, a deceitful heart doesn’t know its sin because it doesn’t want to know. But an honest heart is saying, “Bring it on.”

Two, a deceitful heart notices how well a sermon applies to someone else. But an honest heart is too concerned about itself to judge another.

Three, a deceitful heart, when it isn’t growing, blames its inertia on hardship or its church or even on God himself. But an honest heart says, “It’s my fault. I need to get in gear.”

Four, a deceitful heart delays response. It says, “I’ll get around to it, even soon. But I can’t right now.” An honest heart puts God first. Delayed obedience is a way of saying, “I’m setting the terms. I am Lord.” But an honest heart says, “Lord, whatever you want – right now.” An honest heart says, with the old hymn,

The dearest idol I have known, whate’er that idol be,
Help me to tear it from thy throne and worship only thee.

Reposted from Ray Ourtlun’s blog