Posts Tagged ‘spirituality’


The person who lives in right relationship with God does it by embracing what God arranges for him. Doing things for God is the opposite of entering into what God does for you” — Galatians 3:11b (The Message)

I sought God for 30 years, requesting a vision or direction concerning some task I could do for him, something I could say, “Here, God, I have done this for you!”, when all along there was (and is) nothing I can do for God but worship him.

It was staring me in the face all along! Life can’t be lived by trying to do something for him but by accepting what he has done and continues to do for us and being grateful. He’s not looking for those who want to do great things, he is looking for those who will choose to love the greatest thing in the universe (Him), letting him express his love in and through us.

I think God doesn’t so much want us to do great things but, instead, do the right thing — to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with him.

— fritz
John 4:23
Micah 6:8

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Recently and close more than 140 cars piled up in an accident. Fog was so thick one could see no more than ten (10) feet ahead but they were traveling at highway speed anyway.

In a sense we are all like that. None of us can see what is in front of us in time yet we can not stop. Like it or not we are careening forward in that fog making decisions only guessing what will happen next and hoping for the best.

But while we have no eyes to see the future we were made to hear. Jesus said,

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” (John 10:27)

We have the capacity to hear God. When we give ourselves to Christ we begin to “hear” his peace in our inner being.

Christ’s sacrifice not only saves us into eternity, it removes the figurative “wax from our ears”. We start learning to “listen” to his peaceful urging how to live, when to act, when to wait, what to do.

As we learn to listen we crash less and discover God sees, he cares, and he speaks.

Prayer: Jesus, like your apostle John leaned on your chest at the last supper to hear your heartbeat, so I desire to “hear” you moment by moment.

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The Pharisees complained to Jesus, “Why do you go to the riff-raff and hang out with losers?”

“But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” – Matthew 9:12

God picks losers.

Those who have failed miserably and often eventually recognize, if they are honest, it’s not because of bad breaks, other people, or because they weren’t given more control. There is freedom in that.

Losers are more likely to turn things over to the only one who never fails.

Losers are more likely to find the love of Christ, who’s acceptance isn’t based on success.

Losers are more likely to follow directions from the one who really knows what to do, more likely to know where any success comes from, and more likely to give credit where it’s due. They usually don’t try to defend their reputation much.

Fact is, we are all losers, there are some who just haven’t realized it yet.

– fritz

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Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me! – Matthew 14:29-30 (MESSAGE)

It was night and the weather was storming! The disciples were in danger, barely making any progress, barely staying afloat when Jesus comes walking by on the water on foot. They were terrified thinking it was a ghost, wouldn’t you?

Peter sceptically said, “If you’re for real then let me do it, too!”

“Come on!”, Jesus said and Peter walked on water. Metaphorically so do we.

Events and problems swarm around us threatening to capsize and drown. Jesus is there, barely visible through the haze, undisturbed by the commotion. He’s not a ghost, not a make-believe deity. He tell us we can be safe with him through it all — all we have to do is abandon our trust in the boat and go with him.

When walking with him, however, don’t expect the wind to stop or the water to thicken. Keep focused on his call and his care; it’s all there for the asking.

— fritz

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