The Change

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Why do we pray?
We pray because we see things that need to change.
But sometimes the change needs to begin with us.

Matthew 5  in the Message reads;
“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. – Matthew 5:8
Change comes slowly sometimes, but begins with commitment. Why not begin today.

Father God,
Today I dedicate my mind to you. I want to think on things that are good, right, pure, and excellent.

Today, I dedicate my eyes to you. I want to see others the way you see them.

Today, I dedicate my ears to you. I want to hear your voice above all the others clamoring for my attention, and honor others by listening well to them.

Today, I dedicate my mouth to you. I want my words to be life-giving.

Today, I dedicate my heart to you. I want my heart to be pure and undivided. I want to master my emotions, not serve them.

Today, I dedicate my hands to you. I want to touch others in love and goodwill.

Today, I dedicate my feet to you. I want to go wherever you send me, walk toward the messes, not run from them.

Today I dedicate myself to stand firmly upon the truth and not stumble, not waver.

Today I dedicate my life to you. After  all you have done that is a reasonable response.

Taken in part from a devotional by
Elaine Scott
Browns Bridge Church

Romans 12:1-2

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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One Response to The Change

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Amen. We all need to change or fossilize.

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