The Lord Jesus Christ kept his balance between seeking the Father and serving people. He did not let the demands and needs of others keep him from time alone in prayer and meditation. Neither did he neglect proclaiming the Father’s word to both crowds and individuals by escaping by himself to a mountain.
Every saint needs this same balance. Spirituality and ministry are not either/or options, but both/and necessities. Without the Father, service is mere social improvement. Without the practice of faith, spirituality becomes nothing more than another form of consumerism.
In the excellent book, “Why? Explaining the Holocaust,” Peter Hayes examines the motivations behind the German brutality directed against innocent Jews.
How could they have been so barbarous? Were they just soulless monsters?
After a lengthy discussion of the history of antisemitism among the German people, Hayes considers other motivations. Continue reading
Some things one does for one’s own spiritual benefit, as is right and necessary. If by chance those things benefit others, as they often will, so much the better. Growth in the Spirit is not a lonely nor selfish proposition. Of course, one must take care that such benefit does not become the end-all and do-all of ministry. There is that service that is undertaken solely for the benefit and need of one’s neighbor. The overflow of my benefit to the other cannot be the main service provided for another. The additional blessing to others that comes from one’s own efforts toward growth can never substitute the teaching, evangelism, edification, and benevolence given to others. But when the additional blessing occurs, blessing indeed it can be.
WHAT IS YOUR DEFAULT MINDSET?
According to computer technology and terminology, a “default” is “a pre-selected option or a pre-designed value or setting.” For example, when I started typing this article the page appeared in the format that I had previously designated for the settings I would like for all the pages to have when I type these essays. I do not have to re-set the borders of the pages, the type style, the font size, etc. each time I compose an article. All of these things have already been determined and “saved” to the default setting for all “News and Views” essays. Continue reading
Some softwares and WP themes provide reading time estimates for the posts, based, one supposes, on some average figure of words per minute. They do this, apparently, so you’ll know ahead of time how long of a read it will be.
In today’s Believing Prayer, I set a one-minute reading time when linking to it on my Hubzilla spot, the more to encourage people to click and read and pray. (OK, so maybe it’ll take two minutes to read.)
Years ago, a book was published called One-Minute Manager. It purported to help managers act decisively. Though one’s spiritual life cannot be contained in one-minute prayers, neither are they inappropriate.
Prayer doesn’t have to be long. It does have to be sustained.
Tim Hall makes a spiritual application of the UN World Food Day commemorated today. http://eepurl.com/5W5sb
Since 1945, October 16 has been celebrated as “World Food Day” (established by the United Nations) to draw attention to the needs of people throughout the world. It’s hard for many of us to understand chronic hunger. But occasions like this at least make me pause and try to understand.
Imagine this hypothetical scenario: people starving, even though food is within their reach. They simply refuse to eat what is before them! Would that not be a tragedy?
Tim encourages us, among other things, to “develop healthy habits.” Read this good meditation at the above link.
Question: Is giving glory to God always a public act? Can it be a private one? I’m very interested in your perspective on this, since I have a “Do this and live” list, and the last one is “Give glory to God.” Can I do that privately, or ought I think of it as a public act?