Cluttered Desk Or Empty Desk?

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Albert Einstein has been quoted as having said, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

I ran across an article in Forbes Magazine that referenced a study of how people keep their desks and what that says about them. Apparently a neat desk usually belongs to more conventional thinkers and a messy desk belongs to more creative thinkers.

I like to think of myself as a more creative thinker and yet here I am on a Sunday evening sitting at a clean desk. It's only clean for my wife's sanity though, it will be messy again by the end of the week. I suppose I should get my more "conventional" thinking out of the way during the first couple days of the week and then get back to normal by Thursday.


Advancing Towards Peace And Rest

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Always strive, my son, to do another's will rather than your own.

Always choose to have less rather than more.

Always seek the lowest place and be submissive in all things.

Always desire and pray that God's will be entirely fulfilled in you.

The man who accomplishes all this advances toward peace and rest.

Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ (p111)


These Toes

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Today, these toes are just so stinking cute,

Tomorrow, they’ll carry him a million miles or more,

He’ll dip them in new and exciting waters,

They’ll get stubbed and stepped on along the way,

But today, these toes are just so stinking cute.


Disturb us, Lord ~ Sir Francis Drake

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Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.


Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.


Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.


My Soul Thirsts For You, Lord

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Psalm 63:1 (ESV) —  O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

I was taking a day to get alone with God this past week and ran across this beautiful waterfall near Camp Sierra, between Shaver and Huntington Lakes in Central California. Water has been such a precious commodity in California for the past several years. It was nice to see it flowing after a decent winter season. The trees on the hillside are mixed, some being green and many browned by the drought. They have been thirsty for quite a while.

Our souls thirst for God just like the trees on the hills thirst for water. The wonderful news is that there is no shortage of God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is all present. He is never overtaxed or spread too thin. We might be, but not Him. When we start to feel dry, like we are losing our grip on life, and the color in our world seems to be dull and brown, we can always turn to God to satisfy our thirst.

Find a quiet place. Maybe a mountain stream or maybe just a quiet, secluded coffee shop and spend some time with The Lord. Pray. Pour out your heart to Him. Tell Him everything you are feeling, all of your thoughts. Then just listen. As soothing as the sound of running water cascading over the rocks and down into the forest, the still small voice of God comes flowing into and through our parched souls, satisfying our spiritual thirst. Better yet, plant yourself as close as possible to the never ending source of spiritual refreshment. Let your roots go deep into His unlimited river of life.

Have a great Lord's Day! See you in church!

 


A Soldier's Princess

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I have made it a custom to take my camera out on Memorial Day weekend each year and try to capture a photograph that speaks to the real meaning of Memorial Day. This year I visited Bakersfield National Cemetery and was moved. Many of us will never understand as well as others what the true cost of freedom is. 

This lovely young lady had just posed for pictures with her daddy at his headstone. As her family was leaving she politely asked her mother, "Can I spend a little more time with daddy?". My eyes welled up in tears as I watched her spend a few moments there before returning to a park bench and waiting patiently while her mother went and spent a few moments at the same headstone.

Abraham Lincoln once said "“A nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.”

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He Stills The Waves

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Psalm 89:8–9 (ESV) — O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O Lord, with your faithfulness all around you? You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.

God is always there to still the waves around us. There may be times when it seems like troubles and difficulties come at us like waves, one after the other, but God is able to steady us and still the waves.

 


Our God Is Big Enough, It Is Our Thoughts And Dreams That Are Too Small

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 California's Central Coast (Just North of Pismo)

Ephesians 3:20–21 (ESV) — 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

 Our God is big enough, it is our thoughts and dreams that are to small. We would do well to find a place to admire all that God has created and then to think of all that He could do for us if only we had faith to ask.