The turn around

Thank god for the turn around. If we didnt have the turn around then I
would pass up sooo many things the Lord asks me to do. But instead I
turn around and go back to pray, or talk, orr whatever it is i feel
called to do.

It typically happens that I walk past someone and almost immediately
feel convicted to talk to them or typicall to pray for them. One time
it was the boss of my boss, he had shared the week earlier about
living as a homosexual with AIDS. So when prompted by the Lord to stop
and pray. I promptly answered no. The only thing more awkward than
stating up conversation with your boss' boss who doesn't know you, is
to pass him on the sidewalk and then run back and ask him if you can
pray for him.

Thankfully he was willing and thankful... But then I had to pray for
his AIDS. How do you do that?

Yesterday it was for a crippled guy in the street. To stop and pray. I
rode a hundred yards past him and finally got my head on straight to
go back.

I wish I didnt hesitate and could do it right the first time. I
imagine I have to develop the habit but then it could become second
nature obedience. Instead it typically takes until I decide I dont
want to feel guilty for ignoring what the Lord asks me to do.

Thank God for the turn around.

All sins are a form of idol worship

I've been reading a book which tries to relate the Old Testament to the New by explaining the foreshadowing in the Law of Moses and how it relates to Christ. Something I just read today which intrigued me was an argument that the first commandment really sums up all of our sin. That when Adam and Eve ate the apple in the garden they were really turning from God as the ultimate power and their Lord and trusting something else could bring them satisfaction... Something we do everyday.

I think of the sins that are so prevalent today and the two that really stand out for me (at least as man) are the love of money and the love of sex. Serving mammon or sex is putting your faith in something other than the Lord. They're both idols.

This may seem obvious to you but it has never been put in such clear language for me before.

This also helps me to understand something I've learned in the last few years, which is the key to freedom from sin. The key is to stop trying to just not sin. If you just keep focusing on that you'll never succeed because you begin to worship something other than God. You think Not Sinning will bring you satisfaction. But this isn't what we're looking for. What we're looking for is God despite our sin. When we take our eyes off our sin and put them on the Lord, we seem to actually see freedom from our sin. Because that is when we are finally worshiping what is right and good....

Why is this not taught as essential to our lives? After salvation of our souls, this is THE gospel. Is it not?

Dr. Mature., PhD

Today I'm thinking about maturity. This is a bit away from my typical theology topic, but it will have to do for today.

Why is it that a 16 year old is so much less mature than an 18 year old? And yes, there are exceptions to this, but it can be held as a general rule. My question then proceeds to ask, why is a 25 year old considered nearly the same in maturity as a 35 year old?

At what point we do we suddenly decide it is no longer important to mature? Or is it really school which gives us the flagstones by which we measure maturity and once we're on our own we lose that ability? That or we suddenly consider being able to relate to people of all ages and life stages as a sign of maturity.

I also wonder how this ties into seminary. As I see people go into seminary, the flagstones come back. A first year looks up to a third, and an MDiv student looks up to the PhD students in much the same way a freshman in college cowers at the sight of a senior.

Odd.

And how I fear an award, a test score, a degree might give me the hubris to look down on others, even those older than me.