Are You Finished?

The other day, I finished a movie I was watching. I also finished my lunch, finished getting dressed, finished a phone call with my mom, finished baseball practice. I’ve even finished my taxes; there’s not much time left, you know. But you know, I’m never really finished with them. I’ll have to do them again. They’re recurring tasks.

There are some of you who will finish school in a month or so, but you won’t stop learning. Your children will move away from home, but you aren’t finished being a parent. These are processes that last a lifetime. Continue reading

Got Enough?

There is a Finnish Proverb that reads: “Happiness is a place between too little and too much.”

But can you really have too little? Too much? Agur, the very little known writer of Proverbs 30 explains what would happen if the Lord’s provision was too far from “enough”.

“…give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.” (Proverbs 30:8-9 NLT)

The apostle Paul said, “I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.” Not because he was so great: “Boy, look at me. Aren’t I something!” No, he goes on to say, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13 NLT)

When he was little, my son Caleb had a very innocent way in which he gave thanks. He would sometimes pray at the dinner table and thank God for each of us (including himself) and usually included this phrase: “Thank you for the things we like, and the things we don’t like.” Granted, he’s talking about some of the food we’re about to eat that he’s not too crazy about, but that pretty much covers it doesn’t’ it? Let’s replace “like” for “have”. God has placed us right where we are, with what we have. Now are there things we shouldn’t strive for? Not necessarily, but still pursue godliness. Read 1 Timothy 6:6-11.

I’ve heard it best said like this: “Contentment is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.” And that should be enough.

Which Word?

I enjoy word games. Jill and I have several word games we like to play: Boggle, Quiddler, Bananagrams, and of course, Scrabble. It’s fun to see what words you can come up with in a bunch of jumbled letters. Now picture you have the following letters: EEPRSUU. What words do you see? Two words that jump out to me are: PERUSE and PURSUE. Though each word is not comprised of the exact same letters, they look similar. And as it turns out their meanings are quite related. And both crucial in the study of scripture.

To peruse means to examine carefully or at length. To pursue means to seek to attain or accomplish a goal over a long period. God gave us His precious word to be poured over; learning His instruction, and living it out all our lives.

Psalm 19 is beautiful. It begins with a declaration of God’s glorious creation (v1-6), continues with a multi-faceted view of God’s Word (v7-11), and finishes with a admission of our imperfections and desire for purity.

Looking again at v7-11, do I really know all of God’s perfect instructions? Do I find joy in his right, true and fair laws? Do I desire it more than riches?

Perusing more of God’s Word will reveal to us how far we are from His perfection. So let us pursue after God and His will for our lives so that we will be a pleasing offering to Him.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”  Psalms 19:14 NLT

P.S. When I first started this article, I was going to compare/contrast peruse/pursue because I thought peruse was to “read through quickly or gloss over”. Was surprised by what it really meant! See what happens when you don’t peruse? Misinformed pursuits maybe? Hmmm. So, to answer the question “which word” would describe your bible study, how about both.