Archive for May 2016

“The Little Things”

May 26, 2016

And he answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.’” – Luke 10:27

Many years ago, I attended a seminar where I was introduced to the “Broken Windows” theory of policing. Essentially, this theory says if we mind the small things such as vandalism, trespassing, etc. it will help deter great incidences of crime.

An oversimplified way of saying it is “take care of the small things and the big things will take care of themselves.”

This week’s verse reminds us this is not only true in policing, but in our spiritual life as well. Many times we tend to let the “small things” slip and then find ourselves way off course and wonder how that happened.

If we tend to these two “simple” commands, they will take care of those larger issues.

My prayer this week is for each of us to mind the small stuff.

 

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“Learning to Walk”

May 19, 2016

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
– Micah 6:8

Recently Murphy began obedience school. One of the first things he learned was to walk by my side. He often had his own agenda and would want to pull ahead or go off in a different direction. I recently saw another dog owner basically dragging her dog who did not want to go at all.

Now that he walks with me, he seems to enjoy it a lot more – I know I do.

The verse above reminds us that what God expects from us – to walk with Him.

Too often we have our own agenda and try to take off in a different direction. – or we just don’t want to go at all.

One thing I learned in training with Murphy was I need to talk to him and he needs to listen. God has spoken to us by His word and His Spirit – and we need to learn to listen. This will enable us to “walk humbly with our God.”

My prayer this week is for each of us to listen and walk more closely with Him.