Monthly Archives: February 2013

Installing update 1 of 2

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I have been waiting for my laptop to start for more than 30 minutes now. All I get is “Please do not power off or unplug your machine. Installing update 1 of 2”.

I am not one of those with loads of patience, so I have already enquired from my husband whether I can get around this somehow. The answer was no. I have to wait. And wait. And wait some more. The updates are vital. And frustrating. And time consuming.

Just like our spiritual “updates”. They are vital but oh so frustrating at times. Even painful at times.

As Christians, we are constantly growing spiritually. Or at least we should be. If we are not growing, there is something seriously wrong with the relationship between us and God. And it won’t be His fault. If we are not growing, we are not close enough to Him anymore. And not because He moved. Because we moved. But that is a discussion for another day.

Spiritual growth is improvement. It’s becoming more like Jesus. It’s becoming holy. But is it really possible to be holy? Can we as Christians live holy lives? This could end up as a huge debate!

What does the Bible say? That is afterall our “manual”.

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:13-16)

God will not command me to do the impossible. I do not believe that for one moment. So if God tells me to “be holy”, it must be possible for me to do just that. And that command is found in quite a few places in the Word.

Is it easy? No! Each day we try, and so often we fail. Praise God for His mercy! He forgives us for failing and we try again. In some areas of our lives, we grow sufficiently to succeed in changing, in other areas we battle!

As for me? I am still battling with patience. My laptop is still installing update 1 of 2. This entire blog was done on my ipad.

Clearly, my “patience update” has not finished installing just yet.

What is the name of your giant?

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We all have giants in our lives.  Giants that steal our joy.  Giants that make us battle under the pressure.  Giants that make us depressed.  Giants that cause us to lose hope.  It’s human.  We can only handle so much before we start breaking down.  We can only do so much before we become despondent.  We can only suffer so much before it all becomes unbearable.

David was human too.  But David was also a man after God’s heart – the Bible says so.  Why?  In most of the Psalms he starts off lamenting his situation.  Quite human, he moans about everything in his life that is not going the way he wants it.  Just like you and me, David suffered from life in general.  People who betrayed him.  People who were unfair.  Pressure.  Stress.

But there is something else there in those Psalms.  After a short while of moaning, David changes his focus.  He no longer laments his situation; it doesn’t help anyway.  He changes his focus to God.  Instead of focusing on the greatness of his problems, he focuses on the greatness of God.  And every time it brings joy into his heart.  The same holds true for you and me today.  I am reminded of an old song:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of the earth
Will go strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

What is the name of your giant today?  Your job?  Your manager?  Your finances?

Join me.  Stop looking at the giant in your life.  Start looking at the greatness of God.  The giant will suddenly become small compared to the greatness of God.  Your spirit will be uplifted and your strength will be renewed.

Isa 40:27-31
Why do you complain, Jacob?  Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord;  my cause is disregarded by my God”?
Do you not know?  Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

 

A life filled with passwords

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I hate passwords.  And yet, they are a necessity in the era of internet and social media.

This morning I set out to change my Twitter password, only to find out that I can’t remember the old one, so I can’t change it.  I am patiently waiting for the email reminder of my password to arrive.

I have a secret list with my passwords on.  Okay, most of my passwords – Twitter excluded.  Actually that list should also be password protected.  What an irony.  There are 23 entries on the list and the three most used passwords are not even on the list.  Imagine that.  27 Passwords.  And I know they are not all on the list (eg Twitter).  I am not sure whether I view it as amazing or disgusting. I think the latter.

How wonderful that we can approach God without a password!  I don’t need to remember any special code to open a prayer conversation with my Father.  I don’t need to behave perfectly to come into His presence.  Jesus opened the way once and for all.  I can approach His throne with boldness, just because I am His child.  No secret list required.  No secret place required.  No password required.

What a privilege.  What a relief.

Hebrews 4:16: Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.