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Apr

Give and Take

Psalm 139:23-24, Search me, O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts, See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

The days come and the days go and we find ourselves developing new routines and schedules. One area where we may see big and small changes these days is in our relationships.

I have found in my own life and in working with people in the Special Support Ministry at Island  Christian Church for many years that if you want to see where people are really at in their walk with God, take a look at their relationships with the people around them. And… add some extra stressors like this monster we are all wrestling with these days and what happens?  We will see the good and the not so good in how we interact with the people around us. I personally do not like to be reminded of areas of my life that need extra attention like not being in the greatest mood when I am tired or overwhelmed or how I can find myself being more concerned with me than those around me.

I find these days with the reality of this virus always right there in front of me that I can too easily become self-consumed where it is all about me.  Yes, even pastors have their issues. ( I am only speaking for myself.lol). I have to remind myself however that there is an upside to all this.

Our Lord loves when we realize and see our weak areas and our faults and He loves when we take them and ourselves to Him and ask for help. In Psalm 139 our Lord tells us how special in His eyes we are. He tells us how much He cares about and loves us. And He also reminds us that He has the ability to help us see our weak areas, address them and then move on in victory. Nowhere (except in our relationship with God) is this more important than in our relationships with the people around us, especially those we love.

Life will always have its challenges but these days we are really in tough times and we more than ever need one another.

When I find myself in that not so good place of being self-focused I read those so important words in Psalm 139 and in Psalm 51:10Create in me a clean heart oh Lord. Renew a right spirit within me.

As I read those verses, I pray the words to the One who shows me what needs work and then provides His strength to enable me to accomplish what needs to be done which is to put those around me before myself.

I know I have touched on this area before in my writings but for me and perhaps for you I find that every day I need to remind myself that it is more about giving and less about taking. It is more about others and less about me.Thank you. May God be glorified and you be blessed each day as you walk with the Savior. 

Pastor Steve

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