Lost Words

Have you ever felt you just had nothing to say? Or, maybe, the thoughts in your heart were enormous, but you simply couldn’t put them into words?

“I’m at a loss for words,” is a phrase we hear so often, it has become cliché. Still, the loss of words can be frustrating, intimidating, or down right embarrassing. Continue reading

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Warmth : #3 Jesus’ Light in Action

Ever wonder why we’ve picked one of the coldest months of the year to celebrate love?

I know the history behind Valentine’s Day, but I have another thought. The absence of sunlight produces an absence of warmth. Love’s light provides warmth.

As I was considering which function of natural light to explore for this month’s installment of “Jesus’ Light in Action,” a dilemma arose. Yes, God says He is Light, but He also says He is Love. Since this is February, shouldn’t I be focusing on that aspect of His nature instead? After all, His love is the whole point of our existence.

Then I remembered something I learned in Math class, around the time of the dinosaurs. Continue reading

Finding Focus: God’s Vision for You

God is the only Light which can give us a true, clear vision for our future: His “high calling” for our life.

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:14 (KJV)

The “high calling of God” is different for each of us. It’s His perfect will, His best plan for our life. Our gifts,talents, and passions are unique. But, like a runner, without a clear vision of the finish line, we’ll have no momentum or direction to reach the goal of God’s high calling.

The Lord answered me: “Write down the vision; write it clearly on clay tablets so whoever reads it can run to tell others.” Habakkuk 2:2 (NCV)

How, then, do we discover what that vision is for us personally?  Continue reading

Vision — #2 Jesus’ Light in Action

January is a time for looking ahead. It is a season of setting goals, of determining or fine-tuning our vision for the year.

But, without light, there can be no vision.

That is as true and incontravertable a fact in daily life as it is in the sensory world. Apart from God’s Light, His revealed will and plan for us, we are merely feeling our way through the darkness. Or worse…

“Where there is no vision, the people perish” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV).

The good news? God has a plan. He has a specific vision for each of us, and it’s a good one! He also wants to show it to us. (Jeremiah. 29:11-13 NIV).

So, how do we discover God’s vision for us?

We can learn much from studying natural vision and the functions of what biologists call the visual systemContinue reading