Life from the rear-view mirror

54 down and 311 to go….Vol 54

August 8, 2013 | 1 Comment

cropped-sthomas.jpgFor a long time I have been wanting to write conversational style devotions. Little snippets of life that I hope will engage, entertain….maybe even encourage. I passed the 50 volume mark a couple of weeks back without any fanfare…but it was a milestone for me.

When I started this journey I felt sure I could write a few devotions a week. I thought the ‘ole memory banks contained enough stuff about life and my experience in it to round out a year’s worth of devotional material. Truth is there’s probably more than enough stuff there….it’s just trying to get it out and put down in some way to be worth the time that some of you kind readers spend with me.

The other (and larger) issue is the status of my own heart. When things aren’t going well in life, it’s sometimes hard to regroup and dig even deeper to a place where the present circumstance doesn’t totally blot out my vision to the reality of the joy I have found in Christ, despite the circumstance(s)

There are so many times when I wish God had a face on. I wish there was someplace to go to meet with Him one on one. A place where we could sit across from each other, have coffee, talk, and develop this relationship normally…well what I would call normally anyway. Now I know I’m not going to have that kind of relationship with God…at least not this side of Heaven. (I don’t even know if God drinks coffee…surely He must!) And God has already said all the neccessary things He’s going to say to me relationally in Scripture. So why do I feel the need to talk-through or talk-out some of these challenges I face on a day to day basis. What is it about the human condition that requires a regular face-to-face connection with someone we know and someone who knows us. Why do we (I) need to hear a verbal response, retort, correction or encouraging word?

Well here’s my take. We as believers need to be totally dependent on God…and…interdependent on our brothers and sisters in the Lord.

Our gifts aren’t fully utilized until they are exercised…

And our gifts are most fully exercised as they are utilized in the body of believers.

The past few weeks have been hard. I’ve felt disconnected. Maybe you can identify. I’m reminded of this Steve Camp song…”Living in Laodicea” from a long time ago

Oh Lord, take Your plow to my fallow ground
Let Your blade dig down to  the soil of my soul
For I’ve become dry and dusty, Lord I know there must
Richer earth lying below


For I’ve  been living in Laodicea
And the fire that once burned bright, I’ve let it grow
And the very Word I swore that I would die for all has
been forgotten
As the world’s become my friend

We have turned  from Your Law to try to find a better
Each man does today what is  right in his own eyes
We will pay the price for our sinning
We can  never know true living, we’ve exchanged His
truth for lies


It is no small of a thing that He’s done for you
By shutting the  gates of hell upon the cross
We were sentenced once but now we are pardoned
And He chooses to use us though we fall

So while we’re living  in Laodicea
Keep the fire burning bright, don’t let it grow dim
For  the very Word we swore that we would die for, it
must not be forgotten
Fear the world become a friend

For the very Word we swore that we would  die for, it
must not be forgotten fear the World become a friend

And that’s the story…There’s life in Christ and life with Christ. Joy, hope and peace flow from the union of those two privileges of grace.

So I will write on…if for no other reason than to chronicle my journey with the one who has loved me beyond comprehension.





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