16 April 2013

I have been thinking on this since I read it as a status on Facebook:

"In many cases, when a person says they'll pray for someone or that someone is in their prayers, 1) they don't, or 2) they do to make themselves feel as though they've contributed towards helping a cause."  This person then goes on to call the act of praying for others as a selfish ego boost.

I have a problem with this.  As a Christian, I am called to uplift others in prayers.  The very act of telling others that you are praying for them, if you are sincere about it, shows to those whom you pray for that they are thought about.  Sometimes, it is the only thing one can do.  I can't often physically assist others through a troubling time, or be with someone going through surgery, but I can let them know I am thinking about them and lift prayers to God to guide them.

Now I know that not everyone follows there same spiritual path, but to claim that something as simple as offering a prayer up to some supreme being is an act  of a selfish ego-boosting individual bothers me greatly. Yes, there are some who do it just to make themselves feel better, but I have met some very strong prayer warriors of many different walks of faith who do pray as a selfless act to aid in the well being of others. 

And since I have chosen to walk the way of the Christian, I leave you with these words: 

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances....." ~ 1 Thessalonians 5.16-18a (NRSV)

12 April 2013

What is good about having a Bible
If I don't strive
To be alive
To live as God has wanted me to be
To see
That what I do and say
Reflects HIS way
I need to live in the Word
And not just read it

11 April 2013

In the past few hours, I have been thinking really, Really REALLY, REALLY, REALLY hard on this:

What does God want from me?

What does God want my life to be?

What has God planned for me?

I used to think I knew, but now, I am not so sure.  I am almost certain He wants me to teach. But How?  How does he want me to teach?  Am I to use my life as an example?  What does He want me to teach?

Dearest Heavenly Father, give me the wisdom to see what it is that you have planned for me.  Allow me the courage, the energy and the strength to keep going on this journey.  Give me the hope to continue even when I feel like falling to the side and giving up.  And God, please remind me that you are always there to guide me.  Amen.