By Daniel Foster / @DanielFoster07
Void • [void] • noun
2. An unfilled space.
As a minister, I’ve spent a great deal of time talking with people, and I’ve noticed something. There’s a lot of people walking around feeling empty, searching for whatever it is, that they think will make them feel complete.
Not only are we searching for this “completion” but we are like walking black holes, sucking up whatever we can to fill these voids, this emptiness that we are so desperate to detach ourselves from.
Relationships, money, sex, popularity, social media, drugs, alcohol, religious activities, to name a few. Perhaps you’ve used one of these before, hoping to make you feel somewhat complete, but instead of fulfilling, it only left you craving more. Sound familiar? I believe that the only thing that will fully satisfy us is our relationship with God. I believe He has been in the void-filling business since the very beginning.
Genesis 1:1-5 (NKJV) says:
By Greg Stokley / @GregStokley
So as I’m writing this, I am waiting on a very important phone call.
Most of us know what anticipation feels like. The excitement of potentially receiving the very thing you have waited for, paired simultaneously with the dread that the very same thing will never come, snatched away from you before you could even get your hands on it.
This is what I feel like right now. But if I’m honest, I have felt this way for a very long time.
I’m a writer, teacher, and preacher. My calling in life is to preach the gospel and pastor the people of God. I have wanted nothing more than to move into that part of my life. I have been called to the ministry since I was fourteen years old. Eleven years have passed. Want to know where I am now?
I work in a shipyard and I live with my parents. Most people see this delay as a type of failure, constantly asking me “Are you sure you’re gonna do that? Maybe you just need to try something else”. I have asked the same exact questions myself. Yet every day, I fight that backward ideal. While I’m sick of waiting, and while I am doing everything in my power to do what I can to make this wait go by, all I can do is just that.
I hate that word.
By Brian McKay / @LiveforJesus143
I should probably be working on my homework right now.
There’s a lot of stuff that I need to finish for school. The first draft of my screenplay. My thesis. My application to grad school. You know, the normal things.
But, I’m not working on them. It’s not that I won’t do them. It’s that I’ll do them later. I’ll do them when I have to do them. That’s one of the main problems with me. I procrastinate. A lot.
I know that I need to get my homework done. And, in almost all cases, I will do it. It might be an hour before class starts, but I will do it. There are just so many things besides homework that are way more fun. Listening to music (The Digital Age!). Playing video games (Madden!). Sleeping (my bed!).
However, waiting to do my school work doesn’t usually hurt me. I went to a high school that taught me how to procrastinate well. What does hurt me is waiting to pray. Waiting to read my Bible. Waiting to spend time with God.
By Aaron Jeffries / FB: ajeffries1
One evening while driving with my family, I heard my boys discussing the spelling of the word “stop.” The conversation went like this:
Hayden (3 yr. old): “S-T-O-P Stop!”
Owen (2 yr. old): “NO, not that way! O-p-o-p-o-p top”
This went on forever, and eventually we made it home. The boys went to their room to play when suddenly, my oldest told the youngest that he couldn’t play with him because he spelled the word wrong and didn’t want anything to do with him. Hurt by this, my youngest decided he would never spell “stop” again! In fact, he no longer believed in spelling at all.
How often do we as older believers cause the younger ones to stumble like this?
By Kevin Welborn / @theKevinWelborn
Honesty. It is the best policy.
Except in business, politics, and dating websites.
Wait, you really don’t pull down 150k a year?
No Christian I know would ever advocate that lying is acceptable, outside of maybe saving a life. However, once we become born into new life in Christ we have a proclivity to refuse to allow others to realize that we hurt. We will mention our aunt that is sick and our cousin is looking for a job at our Wednesday prayer meetings (both are valid requests, btw), but to ask for prayer for ourselves is a rare bird.
Outside of a “Hey, pray for me”, we hardly ever seek out our brothers and sisters for prayer. Is it because we don’t want to acknowledge our weakness? But, I thought that Christ’s strength was made perfect in our weakness? Or are or we afraid that if we ask for prayer for ourselves that we are being selfish or self-centered? Is it possible that we feel responsible for keeping Jesus’ record sublime and if one of His followers is struggling we in some fashion tarnish the reputation of the Lord?
by Matt Coker / @MatthewSCoker
Today, we're reading from chapter 3 of Genesis.
“You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” –Genesis 3:4-5 (NIV84)
We all have a desire inside us to be like God. That desire, in and of itself, is not a sin. In fact, the desire to be more like God or Christ is something we should strive for.
But there is a big difference from a desire to be more like God and a desire to be more God-like. If power or pleasure are at the root of desire, we are working in the wrong direction.
Adam and Eve wanted the power of God, to know all He knows, to have more power. It was a simple temptation for a simple time. And it didn’t take much persuasion.
My wife and I took a trip to Texas a few years ago where we were meeting family. We had never been there by ourselves before, so we borrowed a TomTom GPS to take us where we needed to go.
It was wonderful. A very soothing, British, female voice told us each step to take.
“Take the exit right, then, stay in the left lane.”
“Bear left, then, take the motorway.”
“After 80 yards, you have reached your destination.”
Even when I missed a turn, it would just reconfigure immediately and get me right where I needed to go, right to the parking lot of my destination.
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