Monday, June 26, 2017

The Best Thing to Tell Yourself in the Mirror



Ever talk to yourself? Ever talk to yourself in the mirror?

We usually have one thing in mind when we look in the mirror.

Ourselves.

What we look like. What others will think. Whether what we do while we’re looking in the mirror will make us look better.

It’s all about us.

This is why the mirror is the best place to talk to ourselves.

It’s the best time to consider what our lives are all about.

Or Who they’re all about.

Looking in the mirror is the best time to practice turning our thoughts on Someone Else.



Each of us came into the world thinking we were the center of the universe. We were treated that way for the first few weeks of our lives. We went through years of growth, awkwardness, and trying to find ourselves.

Then we hit the age when we knew everything.

Right now, all of us are either at the place where God has shown us this isn’t the case, or He’s about to take us through something that will teach us this lesson.

If we were the center of the universe, we’d know all the answers, and the answers wouldn’t matter.

The best thing to say to ourselves in the mirror is this: “God is the King of all the earth.” (Psalm 47:7)

Kings reign and die. Subjects live and learn.

You and I live our lives. We eat, we work. We love, laugh, buy, and sell.

We look in the mirror.

But the sooner we realize our lives aren’t all about us, the sooner we’ll learn to cast every trouble, need, heartache, and question on the One who knows all the answers.

He is King over all the earth.

Let’s tell ourselves that every time we look in the mirror.


“The LORD reigns. . . Your throne is established from of old;

You are from everlasting.” (Psalm 93:1,2)


Monday, June 12, 2017

What Jeremiah Did When He Couldn't Stop Crying



My grandma was one of thirteen children, and a twin. You can imagine the squabbling, the joys, and the challenges of living in such a large family.

My great-grandparents were wise. They knew how to curb complaining. Complaining was reserved for only one day a week and only at the prescribed time. No griping or pouting was allowed any other day of the week. All complaints could only be addressed at the complaining hour.

The book of Lamentations sounds like a written documentation of the day of complaining for Jeremiah. Known as the “weeping prophet,” Jeremiah cried much over the troubles of his people Israel.

He had much to cry about. Lamentations spells it out. Read it in one sitting, and you might not think your challenges and problems and temptations are worth putting in a book, as his was. He had reason to complain. His crying was justifiable.

But, though Jeremiah seemed to cry without stopping, he discovered the key to not living in the spirit of his book of Lamentations.

After enumerating his complaints in three chapters, he discovered an action that eased the weight of his trials.
This I recall to my mind. . .”

He did something unusual but vital.

He brought something to mind.

Truth.

“This I recall to my mind,” he wrote.  “Therefore I have hope.” (Lamentations 3:21)

He looked up when his world shouted at him to look down.

When he couldn’t stop crying, he brought this truth to mind:


“Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentation 3:22,23)


When every day seems to be a justifiable complaining hour, remember the weeping prophet.

When he couldn’t stop crying, he looked up.




“When my heart is overwhelmed, 
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” (Psalm 61:2)



Photo courtesy of Tony Morrell Photography


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