Put It Into Practice……

So I must confess, I’ve been a bit agitated with people lately. Entitlement. it drives me nuts. I can’t stand it! And then i start to complain, as if I’m entitled to not be around people who are entitled……. I quickly become the very thing I loathe……

Example – today, I was complaining to my daughter about people who drive as if nobody else is on the road. This went on for a while, and then she started in about people who complain about this and that – and suddenly I was aware that I was encouraging this very behavior in her! Nice dad!

So today, God slapped me in the face with this. I was at Subway, and was blessed with the opportunity to witness entitlement at it’s best. There was one lady who was ordering, and jumped on a call in the middle of her order. So everyone is waiting on her. The lady after her was pissed, so they started taking her order. Then – the lady on the phone got mad cause she was being leap-frogged – and you see how it goes on and on. Both women felt they were entitled to service NOW. Neither cared about the other, or anyone else in line.

I don’t mentioned these ladies and their behavior to villify them. No – they are examples of US. At least me. That is exactly what goes on in my heart at times, when I’m wronged. So on the outside, I may “bless those who curse”. But in private, in my heart I’m cursing them. And what is in my heart comes out, as I saw today by what I was showing to my daughter…….

Anyway – an example of the very opposite of this was the guys behind the counter at Subway. All smiles. Wonderful. A shining example of blessing those who curse you. All in the middle of this argument going on with the ladies. God used them to show me not only how to behave towards others – but how my heart should be. I’m a work in progress, thank God he’s the potter and I’m just the clay.

After getting my food, which involved a lovely exchange with the guys behind the counter, I was presented with this verse from Philippians 4:9:

“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Notice Paul doesn’t end it with “whatever you learned from me”. He adds “whatever you have SEEN IN ME”. Are we really being examples, or just spouting words? As a teacher, as a parent, am I SHOWING what I’m saying?

I called my daughter and apologized for my behavior. I’m sure she thinks I’m weird for that – but it was wrong, and I’m thankful the Lord will not stand for it in me.

In A Single Day…..

In a single day, we can change someone’s life forever. Our actions often cause a ripple effect in people’s lives, for better or worse. I know I’ve been the cause of major change in those lives I’ve touched – some for good, but unfortunately most often it seems for worse..

Thankfully, the Lord has changed it all for us in a single day, and all for good.

“…and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day…”

Thank you Lord! Only you are powerful enough to transform a wretch like me. I can’t do it, try as I might. But YOU can! You have. You are worthy of all praise!

Barfly Pics!

Thanks so much to Alex Rumsey for taking these pics!  Alex was at the show to see Bethany Cox (who was spectacular by the way – check her out!  http://www.myspace.com/bethanycox).  He was gracious enough to take a few pics of me and send them my way.  Enjoy!

In the Dark……

Not a very Christmas-y song.  🙂  But it’s kinda cool, if you like the heavy stuff.

http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_6451566

It’s called “In the Dark”.  A friend of mine wrote it, and he let’s me steal his songs all the time.  His rendition was a bit less heavy.  When I heard it though, I heard Neil Young singing it.  So I tried to emulate that a bit – even cranking my amp as loud as I can and mic’ing it (I usually go direct with everything but vocals these days).  I love the tone!  But I don’t know if it sounds so much like Neil Young, maybe more grunge/metal/slop?  Either way – hope you enjoy!

Here are the lyrics, in case you can’t understand what I’m singing:

If I could change on my own,
I wouldn’t be here now
If I could make everything alright,
I’d be the last one to leave this world

After trying to calm the wake of my past
Trying to remove the stains on my heart
Exhausting myself, killing my soul,
Trying to find my way…..  In the dark….

I won’t pretend no more
That I’m a man without regrets
Things I’ve forgotten always seem
To come back to haunt me

After trying to calm the wake of my past
Trying to remove the stains on my heart
Exhausting myself, killing my soul
Trying to find my way…..  In the dark…..

The Zeal of the LORD Almighty!

I love this passage from Isaiah, which prophesies the coming of our King….

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—

The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.
For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.
Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.