Do I say what I see?
Or do I say what you see-
Because if I do, then you will like and follow me?
If I don’t say what you already know
Then in your eyes, falseness and lack is what I sow
Faithful farmers though, sow what is needed
Even when the rocky ground refuses to be seeded
This is where I am at this Monday morning. And this Monday morning is just one Monday in a long line of about 100 of Monday’s since the long winter of Covid began.
I see day after day people acting in ways that are not true to who I have seen them to be or true who they say they are. And this craziness, well, we all seem to be okay with it. Are we that tired? Collectively have we slipped to the lowest common denominator of simply excusing all behaviors saying, “they can do what they want, it is their choice.”?
I have seen this happen over and over, even when their choice is wrong and brings much harm to others. We just shrug our shoulders and move on.
I want to help others. I really do. Yet I am convinced that when there is no help wanted because people do not see that help is needed, then I can not do a whole lot.
I guess it is just strange to me, because this whole season has awakened in me a deeper awareness of the help I need, and how I need others to help me through this life.
That is why, I go back to this reality: I can throw stones at others all day along. I really can. Yet, I must to return to a place that keeps praying these 3 prayers:
12 But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
The New International Version (Ps 19:12–14). (2011). Zondervan.
4 Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.
The New International Version (Ps 25:4–7). (2011). Zondervan.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
The New International Version (Ps 139:23–24). (2011). Zondervan.
I will stay here in these prayers this week. I want to to speak to the reality that I see and what damage is being caused intentionally and unintentionally by those that seem to be ‘treacherous without excuse’, AND I must allow God to do the work in me that He needs to do. The inward work precedes the outer words.
Is there work that God
What is that work? Will you surrender and participate, or will continue to kick against the very hand that wants to lead, guide, heal and make you whole?
Strength and courage,