Wednesday, April 29, 2015
By Micky Wolf
With great care, my beloved opened the cylinder in front of us.
“Who would have guessed?” I asked, marveling at the simple but effective design. Some batteries are not a single unit, as one might surmise by looking at the exterior.
It only took a moment for me to be charged with a bit of spiritual insight. Okay, (groan) pun intended.
Seriously, take a moment to consider the metaphorical and the practical:
8 small units of energy, neatly positioned side-by-side—aligned and connected for the purpose of creating more power than each can produce by itself
God gives each of us spiritual gifts. To be offered in service. To be used to help others. Each of us is a unit, if you will, in the greater plan of bringing about the Kingdom here on Earth.
Each one of these units in the battery is capable of providing the power necessary to operate a device, albeit a small one. For example, a watch or flashlight. And yet, when they are combined—under one covering—they work together to create a greater source of power and energy.
Good energy and outcomes abound in the combining of gifts and talents. Add to that a shared mission and an understanding of the importance of submitting and surrendering to the desire and will of God, and wonderful things begin to happen, particularly when no one unit demands the credit. Each is keenly aware it takes all of them working together in harmony.
There will be occasions when we are called to serve as a one small unit; other times when we will need to function with others. Either way, we are probably wise to not place too much emphasis on outward appearance.
As long as we remember the Divine is the power source moving in and through us, and that our Triune God will always be greater than the sum of each or all of the parts, good fruit will manifest.
Am I more comfortable serving alone?
How do I feel about being called to serve with others?
Am I open to being obedient to the call of God, whether hidden or more obvious?
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
By Micky Wolf
Scattered gray clouds. An occasional passing of a big, puffy, white one.
Blue sky. Gray Sky. Blank, non-descript sky.
Bright sunshine. Filtered light.
Shirt-sleeve warm. Cooler. Wind-breaker chilly.
Calm. Windy. No rain. A few sprinkles. Sudden downpour. Pea-size hail.
Why the bits and pieces of meteorological accounting?
Life. Life can be a lot like what occurred here one recent day—all the above in a period of hours.
The reality is there are some days when we seem to get bombarded from all directions. It’s not all bad, or all good. It’s simply that things are moving or changing so quickly we have a hard time trying to adjust. Or accept. Or respond in a healthy and loving way.
One of the greatest temptations we face in these kind of circumstances is to try and give everything equal time and attention. Seems like a sensible approach—until we realize such efforts tend to add fuel to our unsettled state rather than provide clear resolve for the next step.
The more we try to focus on everything at the once, the harder it becomes to remain at peace, with ourselves and those we encounter on the journey.
By making the choice to keep our eyes on the One we know as the steady and steadfast foundation of Love and Truth, calm prevails, hearts settle, and our attitudes and behaviors reflect kindness and compassion.
Not everything requires attention. Nor for that matter, time, thoughts, or energy. Discerning the difference can make the difference.
Do I tend to flit or focus?
How do I feel when a multitude of changes are occurring simultaneously?
What one person/task will I choose to make my focus today?