Shooting Stars, by Andrew Peterson

11 08 2009

Andrew Peterson (http://www.andrew-peterson.com/) is my favorite Christian music artist. I love his musical style and his verses really touch a chord with me. I was reviewing some old notes of mine from years past and I ran across an excerpt from Andrew’s blog that I had written down. Not sure exactly what was happening in my life at the time that caused me to write it down, but I’m sure I had a lot going on and needed a reminder of what’s really important. Here are his words:

shootingstar“Slowing down doesn’t mean a lack of activity, but a focus on the only activity that really matters at all. What I’m talking about is the heart. I’m talking about sinking into the good things, the noble things, the beautiful things that Christ has spoken into the world around us, and that we notice in our cluttered world only by trying to notice them. They are shooting stars that we’ll never see until we drive out to the country and lay down in a sleeping bag on a dewy slope to wait and watch for them.”

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Holding on to a penny

22 08 2008

A story from the book “Peace with God” by Billy Graham:

A little child playing one day with a very valuable vase put his hand into it and could not withdraw it. They were thinking of breaking the vase when the father said, “Now, my son, make one more try. Open your hand and hold your fingers out straight as you see me doing, and then pull.”

To their astonishment the little fellow said, “O no, father, I couldn’t put my fingers out like that, because if I did I would drop my penny.”

Many of us are like that little boy, so busy holding on to the world’s worthless penny that we cannot accept liberation. Let go, and let God have His way in your life.





The Surrendered Life

3 03 2008

There is a difference between a “good” life and a saved life; there is a difference between a saved life and a surrendered life.

Do you know the difference?

The good life is one that seeks to do “good” things because of self-glorification or what seems to be right. There is no ultimate mission other than to treat others well and there is no recognition of authority for that good.

The saved life recognizes the authority of God as the originator of good and does “good” things because God would want them to be done.

The surrendered life gives every thought and action to God for His use and purpose. There is no thought of self or glorification other than the glory that God receives.

I believe it was D.L. Moody that said “The world has yet to see what God can do with a person who has completely surrendered their life to God.”





Thought for the day — Success Guaranteed!

1 11 2006

I saw this quote this morning and thought it was a great thought for the day.

“What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?” __ Robert H. Schuller

Think about that for a moment. If you knew that success was guaranteed in whatever you decided to do, what would you do? What would that one thing be? In considering this question, I looked at Philemon 4:13, Romans 8:31, and Isaiah 40:31. What is it that keeps us from succeeding when success is guaranteed by God? Is it fear? Is it our own plans? Do you have confidence that God will enable you to succeed in what He has purposed in your life?

Be strong and of good cheer! Have a great day.

Heb. 13:20-21