What Will it Take for Me to Be All I Can Be?

 Wow! Great question.

I joined the Marine Corps in 1956. “Be all you can be” was a slogan or mantra that we all wanted to achieve. I worked at that very diligently for ten years. I have grandsons who are now serving and they too are attempting to be all they can be for the USMC.

If I was “all I can be” for the Marine Corps then…….what am I now?

What Will it Take for Me to Be All I Can Be?

I will need to Be sober       I will need to Be  holy        I will need to Be submissive         I will need to Be ready   I will need toBe prayerful       I will need to Be happy   I will need to Be diligent       

 And, since I really do want to be all I can be for Jesus I intend to work on each of these points.

I was a good Marine………I will be a good Christian!

In the Bonds of Calvary,

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Here’s My Plan

When I run into problems or obstructions in my life I often examine myself…….. just to make sure that I am not missing the mark somehow. It’s easy to blame others….even suggest that they are “not right”…….or to suppose the devil is out to get me.

“Hey look, I’m doing everything right and still I’m being dealt this junk into my life. It’s not fair!” I often say to myself in a weak attempt to console.

But then I instituted my New Plan and things are better already.

 I have banished negative thinking…….I consciouslyeliminate doubt…..I am filling my mind with the Word of God……. I am keeping  a daily journal…….I am endeavoring to live up to my potential…….and, I am really trying to  rely on God  

I can do everything through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).

In the Bonds of Calvary,

The Horseshoe Nail

“For the want of a nail the shoe was lost; For the want of a shoe the horse was lost;For the want of a horse the battle was lost; For the failure of battle the kingdom was lost;

And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.”

 a little prayer missed

a little relationship begun

a little attitude unchecked

a little church missed

a little wrong music

a little wrong movie

a little wrong conversation

Sampson was rocked to sleep slowly.

Am I falling asleep today?

Do I feel the lull in my spirit towards the things of God?

Am I resting too far from God’s glory in my life?

I’m just thinking out loud during a self examination.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

I want to be a Children’s Pastor

This morning I was given the wonderful opportunity to minister in our weekly Elementary School Chapel Service.

I was nervous! After all, I’m a Senior Adult and I am talking to some five year olds….and sixth graders. What am I going to say to a group like this? They think I was born before the light bulb was invented.

I was shocked! They seemed to understand what I was saying and stayed with me for the few minutes that I spoke. When I finished, I prayed. I prayed for them and I thanked God for helping me because I was definitely out of my comfort zone. I had been stretched.

But then the surprise! Some of these little guys started coming by and “high fiving” me and adding “good job”. I’m touched by their comments. More than that, I am emotionally moved.

I never hear things like that on Sunday morning. Maybe I should rethink my calling.

Yep, that’s it, I need to be a Children’s Pastor!

Not!

Really, NOT!

In the Bonds of Calvary,

What Is Prayer?

Prayer is a conversation between two people who love each other. Prayer is talking and listening to God.

It takes on many expressions: thanksgiving, confession, petition, intercession and dedication.

Prayer is more than ritual, liturgy or poetry; prayer is a dynamic relationship with God as our Father, with Christ as our Intercessor, and the Holy Spirit as our Helper. Therefore we come boldly to the throne of grace where we “obtain mercy and find grace to help in the time of need” (Heb 4:16).

While I don’t fully understand everything there is to the science of prayer, one thing I do know:

Prayer works! God honors prayer and calls us to a life of prayer. In fact, the power of prayer has been confirmed by research. People who pray experience a relief from stress and a greater sense of peace; recover better from illness; possess a greater sense of purpose and meaning connectedness; have greater marital satisfaction; enjoy a sense of fulfillment; and are more likely to forgive others.

Prayer is God’s plan for us: 

“Lord, teach us to pray!”

In the Bonds of Calvary,

I Believe in Miracles!

I believe the miracles of Scripture:

I believe God blinded the Syrian army and delivered them to Elisha when he was outnumbered a gazillion to one.

I believe God robbed the fire of heat, invited three Hebrews into it, and they walked with Him unsinged.

I believe God chopped the water in two and marched Israel between it as the sea creatures stared at them.

And if I believe those things, I can believe God for a miracle in my life.

If God says a flood is coming, I will build an Ark.

If God says the walls are on the verge of collapsing, I will start marching.

If God says it’s time to move, I will start packing.

If God says there will be manna in the morning, I will set the table.

I believe there’s a miracle awaiting me.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

Why Don’t We Pray?

I have always been intrigued with why we don’t pray. Prayer is such an awesome privilege and a powerful resource.

I can think of three reasons why we don’t pray.  As I uncover these enemies I am able to defeat them so that I can learn to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17).

 We don’t pray because we don’t know how to pray.

 We don’t pray because we think of prayer as a spiritual discipline rather than a relationship.

I make prayer a part of my walking or jogging, when I sit in the Jacuzzi or when I drive to work every morning in traffic. I have decided to make the ordinary routines of my life sacred times of prayer. I don’t need more time each day to pray I just need to use the time I already have.

 We don’t pray because prayer takes perseverance.

We want every thing now! But prayer doesn’t work that way. God works on us while we are busy praying about other things. This is why faith is required for prayer to work. I have to believe that God is working in me, for me and through me when I pray. God answers prayer in His own time. Everything in the kingdom of God does not happen immediately. 

Prayer takes time to germinate and grow roots before it bears fruit. When we pray God answers, 100 percent of the time!

In the Bonds of Calvary,

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