Some days I may feel utterly useless, and especially so as now I’m retired. Being retired can feel a bit wobbly at times. However, the truth is, I’m not really useless despite the feeling. Each day is a new adventure with entrusting myself and my day to God for him to bring blessing to others through who I am and whatever I may do. Whatever my feelings God is still the same God and I live for him as enthusiastically as I ever have. I just don’t “do” the same things as I used to.
“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 NASB
Be like a postage stamp “stick to one thing till you get there!” Josh Billings.
Some years ago I wrote the following poem. It really speaks of issues that can cause us grief in our pursuit of health and wholeness in life as well as in our walk with Jesus. I trust is blesses and challenges you!
Incline my heart to you
My heart is inclined to you, O Lord
Yet not all
So often I see myself withholding
some thought, some desire
some bit of the old
declaring with shaking fist
this is mine,
A so-called friend offends me
I want revenge, tit for tat.
Don’t tell me to forgive,
so my heart inclines to hatred
this is mine
There’s much to do, and
I’m tired of doing
I want to play
to go where I want to go
and do what I want to do
so my heart inclines to selfishness
this is mine
And so the list goes on
I spiral down
lost to myself in whirling self-pity
deeper into loneliness,
so my heart inclines to
hopelessness and despair
O God, I am yours, You are mine
Written as a result of reflecting on 1 Kings 8:54-61
Copyright © 2005 Fran Woods
See: Bhojli Reflections: Poetry.
Christianity Today has produced a roundup of their reporting on John Stott over the years. There’s a lot of material. You might find it encouraging. Here is one Christian (and a very humble Christian, at that) who has had a tremendous impact on the lives of so many through his long life.
Collected below is Christianity Today’s coverage of Stott’s life and ministry. Articles and sermons from our sister publications Books & Culture and Preaching Today are also included below. …
read more: John Stott | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.