Monthly Archives: June 2009

Have I Lived Too Long

2 How long, O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? 3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict bounds. (Habakkuk 1:2-3, NIV).

God have I lived too long? Have I lost the passion to serve, to believe?God have I lived too long? Where’s the love in this world; the love that was read to me in Sunday school? Have I forgotten the lessons of my youth? How you defeated the evil one or have I lost the vision to see past the evils in this world? For all I see is hatred, destruction, selfishness, hurts, tears. Why do we hate and condemn others in your name?

God have I lived too long? I am so uncertain, at this moment, what my cause should be. What do you want me to be, to do?

God have I lived too long? Have I become jaded, have I given up hope? My prayers seemed so shallow. Surely, I am not the only one that feels this way; don’t you see the suffering in this world? Don’t you see the hatred in this world? What must I do; what must we do?

God I have come too far to give up now. Renew my faith; give me that youthful zest to enter into this new battle. Help me to influence and transform others to live out their passions—to change this world. Help me God to learn the lessons of faith; to trust you in all circumstances and to acknowledge that you are still in control.

I know now what prophets of the past have learned; that your justice will come on your terms and that you will change this world as you are changing me one moment, one day at a time.

  1. What steps are you taking to change the world?
  2. What armor of yours (Ephesians 6:10-17) needs to be replaced or added?
  3. Challenge yourself today to look beyond the obvious and to look to God to bring true justice to this world.

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God, I Want To Be Like YOU

God, I want to be like you. I don’t want to have flaws, to sin. I want to be perfect, feel perfect; to be like YOU.Paul, the apostle, had a sinful “thorn in his side.” But did that matter to YOU? No. He was human. We all are humans, with all our flaws.

So God, help me get over myself. Help me to fully enjoy and live the human experience; flaws and all. YOU created me, with full knowledge that in my humanness I will sin, not one time, but many times.

I pray God that in the end, my spirit that is having and living this human experience will return to YOU refined and perfect just like YOU. Amen.

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