From Todd

A couple of days ago we were at a prayer meeting of families in a home. A precious little girl prayed for those who are fighting forest fires in California. Her compassion for unknown people two thousand miles away touched me. Also a subject of prayer was the drought here in Texas. Texans are going through the driest period in their state’s recorded history. Everywhere in the Lone Star state, Christians are beseeching God for rain.
 
 We too are praying for rain, but rain of a different sort.  We had not planned to be here this long. We are facing  an immense amount of ministry work;  between local opportunities and the ongoing distance-ministry, I’ve enough to fill 30-hour days! But busyness can be a distraction. A busy minister wrote of the pastorate,
 
Our days and weeks are filled with engagements, our years filled with plans and projects…We simply go along with the many ‘musts’ and ‘oughts’ that have been handed on to us, and we live with them as if they were authentic translations of the Gospel of our Lord.”
 
Further reflecting upon this theme, he writes, 
 
Our society is not a community radiant with the love of Christ, but a dangerous network of domination and manipulation in which we can easily become entangled and lose our soul. The basic question is whether we ministers of Jesus Christ have not already been so deeply molded by the seductive powers of our dark world that we have become blind to our own and other peoples’ fatal state and have lost the power to swim for our lives.”
 
His conclusion/solution?
 
Prayer.  He writes that the minister of the Gospel [that’d be all of us, in one form or another] should begin each day with this: spend one hour in adoration of the Lord, and flee from anything you know to be wrong.
 
And this is the only path of true discipleship: die daily to self. Each day, we either walk in the secular self, heeding its distractions, desires, and sham substitutes for authentic Christ-life, or we take our false self, with all its props, leading it to the grave, where we lie down again to be renewed in the life of Jesus’ righteousness, clothed in His marvelous white garments, our eyes wiped free of sleep and opened to comprehend the realities of the spirit around us.
 
Our prayer for spiritual rain has much to do with seeking God’s will for our path. Our hearts are set upon getting ‘home’ to California for a Fall/Winter home mission assignment, yet God has not yet provided the go-ahead for this journey. We wait in dry, yet beautiful Texas, warmed by believers here, content to fill our days to overflowing with local work, and longing for God’s blessing to send us west.
 
We pray daily for God to make His will known, both the means and the timing of when we are to go.
 
And in the meantime, we will work, and we will trust that Christ is transforming our undeserving hearts by His grace, that we may not just be busy, but may be walking in the genuine light of Christ.

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