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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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August 6, 2013 - Who's In Your Wake?

By Jerry D. Scott

Dr. Henry Cloud writes: "You can tell a lot about a ship as you look at its wake. If it is in a straight line, you get the feeling that the boat is steadily on course and that the captain is not dozing at the wheel. ... If it is smooth and flat you know something about the speed of the boat. ... With people the same thing is true. As a person goes through life, he leaves behind a wake."

That analogy creates a vivid picture in my mind. It makes me think about the wake my life leaves. Cloud further observes we leave a two-sided wake involving both relationships and tasks. It isn't just how we accomplish those jobs we are assigned, but whom we affect in the process.

As we evaluate the task side of our lives, it is important we ask questions such as, "Am I completing tasks on time and without needless diversions?" "Do I understand the task and set my course to finish it?" "Is my work well done, worthy of review?"

On the relational side of our lives, there are important questions too. "Do I create hope and encouragement, or build barriers and discouragement?" "Are people thankful for my presence?" "Do I make others feel enriched or feel exploited?"

We must determine the course God wants us to sail. We must be diligent to know the Word and patient to understand the Spirit's ways. In my lifetime, I've come to understand I cannot adjust speed or course every time somebody makes an objection.

I must humbly listen for the voice of the Lord. When I understand what He wants from me, then I must sail on, gently but on course. I must pray for His Spirit to keep me true to those principles that set my course, and keep going.

Take a look at the wake you're leaving on life's sea. Don't just look close to the stern. Look toward the horizon too. Is the influence you leave behind straight and true? Does it show steady speed? Here's a word about living well, for God's glory. Take Paul's benediction and turn it into your prayerful petition today.

"[We are] praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you'll live well for the Master, making him proud of you. ... As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you'll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul — not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us" (Colossians 1:9-12, The Message).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Faith Discovery Church (Assemblies of God) in Washington, N.J.

 

 

 

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