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Visions of Service … Power in choosing a ministry for everyone

Be Thou My Vision…  in a couple of days I am going to give a short sermon on “changing the world” to a Men’s Ministry Breakfast…

Yes, changing the world… can one man.. one woman… or one child to that… certainly…

Can “common” people do that… can you do that without million of dollars, without abundant and immense resources? … Yes, definately…

Look at the first Christian church in the world.  It was not made up of the rich, the famous, those of influence, those of importance… No… it was made of of you and me… fishermen, tax collectors, woodworkers, potters, sales people, crafts people… young, old, beautiful, not so much…

But from that first church has grown the Christian movement… the effort to bring the gospel to the whole world…. because the first Christians had passion.. had an abundant and excited love for Jesus Christ.   They wanted everyone to know about him… these were not just people to whom miracles had been done… these were common everyday folks who went out and told the word….

I am think of a few friends who got together some time back.  They thought it would be a good idea to just set up a little booth with food, information, offered prayer, balloons for kids and a message.  They asked an apartment manager if they could set up in his apartment project where the demographic was quite poor… a place where many would say they were in danger.  But they decided to do it anyway….  the first time they set up they were amazed at the turn out… and the spiritual response… The Lord blessed their idea… So they continued… Now when they set up it is a production… lives are changed, souls are saved, medical care is given, counseling is provided and the world is changing because of their influence… a few men and an idea….

I am thinking of a woman with a beautiful spirit, who decided that if she knew about it there would be no child who didn’t have school supplies… so she set out to get donations of school supplies at the local elementary and middle school… Again, she was shocked at the response of the community and the businesses… First, her local two schools benefited… then the abundance of the Lord started pouring in.. so that every Tuesday she and several other devoted women receive and divide school supplies…  soon they had all their schools needed so they branched out… now thousands of kids receive school supplies…

I am thinking of another person who took it upon himself to supply blankets to the homeless on the cold nights of the Houston winter….  the difference here is that this is a boy of 12… he felt he had heard Gods word and decided to ask his parents to go to a local store and purchase basic blankets…  When they went to distribute the blankets they found that there were not enough to do around at all… the boy then started asking companies for blankets and friends for volunteer help… God blessed his work… now he destributes thousands of blankets every winter… lives saved… lives changed through the reality of the love of a little boy…

I am thinking of a person who decided that every senior citizen deserved at least a call a day… to break their loneliness… to insure their safety…. to insure they knew they were loved and cared for in there infirmity… he soon found he couldn’t do it alone because soon others suggested elderly who couldn’t go to church… now nearly one hundred volunteers work out of a church building with a phone bank built with donations calling to check on many, many senior citizens each day… the world has changed because of his good work….

I am thinking of a retired teacher who thought that the kids in her local school could use some math tutoring in the afternoon… Her first afternoon in the library was lonely… but soon one shy little boy came in… he needed help on his fractions…. the next day he brought a friend… then another and another …. the program now serves hundreds of kids in many schools and has raised test scores of students as well as the self-esteem of the kids because one woman cared.

These are all the products of one persons hands…. one persons heart… one persons Holy idea that the Lord blessed immensely because all of them were done in His name and for the least of His children…

Never doubt how you can influence the lives around you..   God has given you all the power and ability you need… he equips those he calls….

Answer the call…. find something that moves you deeply… something that calls out to your heart… something that calls from within your soul… if you look into your heart, soul and listening to the prompting of the Holy Spirit your work will be blessed and will truly change the world…

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Jake Olsen… A true Christian Inspiration

When I saw this video,  I knew I had to share it with my readers….   here it is the Jake Olsen story…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX0ovhkgR7s

not sure how this goes…..

Are we ever sure how this goes…. as I listen to Calling all Angels…I am so moved by the line “Are we ever sure how this goes”….

Walk me through this ….  Don’t leave me Lord….

They are leaves in a powerful stream…. kids…. just as I was….

What saved me … a mother who loved me beyond all reason… a father who had to leave far too early…  powerful men who led me when I needed a strong lead to follow….

  How do I help save them…. lost kids…. who have no idea they are lost…. or how lost they are…..

How do I communicate love to someone who hasn’t known love…. the true love that builds strong walls against the tide of darkness coming in so fast…. How can I know when I am right…. is it peace?   Is it logic?  Is it my own human reason…

Their youth is slipping away like a flower fading… the time when they might be malleable…. when change can happen… before habits are to hardened…. to much of their “person”…..

How do I tell them that the right choices will solve their problems when they don’t want to hear about the right choices…..

How do you learn to make the right choices about the small things…. and the eternal things when you have no real home…. no one who can really show you how to live? 

How do you instil vision?  How do you instil beauty?  How to you show what honor is? 

The greatest desire of my heart right now it to find the ways…..

So I think, and I pray and I listen…

I look to His example, how would He have done this?   What words would He have said to the kids in my classes…. and in my ministry….. Lord I need your guidance, your example and your wisdom… I cannot do this myself….

 

What He did was to courageously step into the teeth of the storm…. which is what I will do tomorrow…. and the next day….

To teach as best I can…. by example….. by love…. by building impenitrable walls when I have to… 

But, to follow his example I must…. because all these kids need Him….. Let him fill me…. 

Because I’m not sure how this goes…..

I’m not sure how this gods…..

Listen quietly for the Holy…

Sometimes when you just stop…. you hear the almost silent whisperings of the Holy Spirit…

Jesus Christ doesn’t speak loudly, or brazenly…. He speaks softly, lovingly…. He isn’t forceful with us..

If he made us love him our love would be meaningless… our love for him would be false… He desires our real, honest love.  

And when we do turn to him, accepting him, bringing him into our lives… he speaks to us softly still….

He is always there… all we need do is listen…

O Magnum Mysterium—O Great Mystery

O magnum mysterium
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
jacentem in præsepio.

Beata virgo, cujus viscera meruerunt
portare Dominum Christum, Alleluia!

Translation:

O great mystery
and wondrous sacrament,
that animals should see the newborn Lord
lying in their manger.

Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy
to bear the Lord Jesus Christ. Alleluia!

I am so thankful that the same God who created every mystery of the universe chose to come to Earth in the form of an innocent, pure, totally helpless human babe…

O Great Mystery… why should I be considered?  What love you must have Father to come for us. 

And wondrous sacrament…  The sacred nature of that moment thousands of years ago under the star leaves me breathless at the birth of my forgiveness..love for us… and grace to save us…  the Divine Power of that moment when you entered this world… the same God who created everything without beginning and without end…

That animals should see the newborn Lord… When I look at the stars in the Milky Way I get just a glimpse through a glass darkly of your magnificence…and you chose to be born in a manger… your birth attended by blessed animals… That the God of the Universe should choose to be born in the most humble of places… where animals sleep…

Lying in their manger… the most humble of places… in a cave really… my Father you were homeless, poor, without any help, any resource… looked upon by the animals you chose to be around you… from the mystery of what Heaven must be to the lowest of places on Earth…

Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to bear the Lord Jesus Christ… and you chose an innocent to bear you… one whose humility… one whose virtue… one whose faith… must have been as great as any human before or after… the one you deemed suitable to bring you from the eternal to the mortal… to grow your mortal body… capable of pain… capable of death… capable of bringing us back to God through your death… and then the body resurrected … O Magnum Mysterium… as we will someday be resurrected…

Oh Father… who are we… no, who am I that I deserve this… that the God of the Universe… eternal and forever… would come into this world of pain, this world of trouble to give all for me… for us…

Alleluia… 10,000 praises… not enough to even begin to touch the praise we owe to you…

That is the true miracle of Christmas… that you came from what Heaven must be to what we are…

So that we could live eternally with you…

O Magnum Mysterium…

Thankfulness for Burning bushes… glorious light…

I came across this quotation tonight…

Earth is crammed with heaven,
and every common bush afire with God;
but only he who sees takes off his shoes.
The rest sit around it and
Pluck blackberries
.” ~Elizabeth Barret Browning

thirty-nine — burning bushes… for helping me remember to look for the fire in every bush, every person, every child I teach…every creation of  God is a container for the indwelling fire of the holiness of all the creation.  

 burning bushes… that I may better remember that in each child, regardless of their walk, is the holy fire of God.  Every child deserves to be regarded as the living receptical of the fire.

burning bushes… that I may look for them in every place, every rising and setting of the sun, every grace…

burning bushes… that I may know that every person I deal with in ministry contains the fingerprint of God…

burning bushes… please God that I may see the fire as I do my work of helping grow young people…that I may remember that when you breathed life into them at their conception… that what I say and do may ring down through their generations… that I remember the responsibility you have entrusted to me…

burning bushes… to remember that every moment has the potential for Holiness and the sacred if we will make it so… if we will just open our eyes…

burning bushes… to remember that the sacred is a mystery that we should hold in reverence… a flower that we should cultivate… a way that we should try to live… a sacred life…

burning bushes… that we would remember that the blackberries we do pick and eat come from the same source… that the energy they endow to our bodies comes from all your creation… the sun, the chemical processes that carry your signature as the blackberry bushes – aflame –  bathe in light and thereby create our food… that we would remember that we are all physically children of the light you spoke into existence… for our very being comes from light… Your created light. 

burning bushes… that our very DNA… your Signature… allows us to live off light… Holy energy… to burning bushes…to our bodies… to our spirits… the mystery of photosynthesis… that bodies can be made of light… that we are made of your light… that bushes do burn… so we may live physically, spiritually …

with your light…