Bowing to Authority
Almost 250 years after the Revolution, independence is still important to Americans. Just as colonists objected to high taxes from the English crown, we object when others saddle us with overbearing burdens or demands.
As God’s child, however, I recognize the importance of his authority and oversight. God works in me to make me more like him, and he works through me to do his bidding. The Holy Spirit intertwines with my thoughts and actions to bring about God’s good will. Even when I’m selfish or don’t want to conform, God’s presence becomes part of my daily activities. “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13, ESV).
Because God knows what’s good and right for me,I’ll depend and lean on him, even when doubts arise. As I grow older, I see more clearly that hope and satisfaction result when I follow God’s direction.
Don’t Carry Two Days at Once
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength — carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time.” This wise counsel is attributed to Corrie ten Boom, a devout Christian whose family in Amsterdam sheltered some 800 Jewish people from Nazis during World War II, suffering imprisonment as a result. Her father and sister died in captivity, but Corrie was freed and later set up a rehabilitation center for concentration camp victims and supporters of the Germans alike.
Surely ten Boom couldn’t have survived and achieved what she did without laying aside her worries and trusting God. Indeed, her wisdom closely echoes Jesus’ teaching: “Do not worry about your life. ... Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? ...Your heavenly Father knows [what] you need. ... Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:25-34, NIV).
The Master’s Works
As a skilled inventor, John Muir was a prized factory employee in Indianapolis. If not for an industrial accident in his 20s, he may have spent his life making things indoors. But after recovering from being temporarily blinded, Muir headed on a 1,000-mile walk to “consider the lilies.” He then began doing that literally ,as a botanist.
To his résumé, the 19th-century Renaissance man added naturalist, glaciologist, conservationist, founder of the Sierra Club and Father of National Parks. Yet when Muir was asked what he did, he replied simply, “I study the inventions of God.”
Too many of us have a Christian vocabulary rather than a Christian experience. We think we are doing our duty when we're only talking about it. —Charles F. Banning
“Sometimes when you're in a dark place you think you've been buried, but you've actuallybeen planted. Bloom!” —Christine Caine
“Truly it seems that we are never so alive as when we concern ourselves with other people.” —Harry Chapin
“Forever is composed o fnows.” —Emily Dickinson
“You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together, we can do great things.” —Mother Teresa
“Sacred writings are bound in two volumes — that of creation and that of Holy Scripture.” —Thomas Aquinas
“Try not to become a [person] of success, but rather try to become a [person] of value.” —Albert Einstein
Articles from Communication Resources NewsletterNewsletter July and August 2019 editions.