Tin Cottage Journal

Tin Cottage Journal

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Lost? Learn to Listen!

Life has become more complex than ever. 

On a personal level, we make decisions concerning our health, careers, finances, relationships and parenting choices.  Our families depend on us to tend and guide them well.

Furthermore, we have moral and civic responsibilities.  Should we choose to engage, we can influence the stewardship of natural and financial resources, caring for the less fortunate, and guiding the character of our communities and our states.

On a national level, we are responsible to be honest and informed voters, voices for justice and defenders of freedom for all.  Our vote can determine the fate of the homeless, the disabled, the unborn, the uninsured, the immigrant and the refuge.

Even globally, we, Americans especially, because we have a government "of the people," can address issues concerning war, peace, world hunger, education and more. 

Information abounds.  It's more difficult than ever, without hardening our hearts, to bury our heads in the sand and ignore the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and the homeless on our doorstep. 

Even on a personal level, the availability of scientific studies, television talk shows and celebrity doctors keeps us thoroughly informed and demands our best efforts as parents, spouses, sons and daughters, to insure our families are educated and healthy, mentally, physically and spiritually.

How can we handle it all?  How can we sort the information and our priorities and discern which choices are best?  Which needs are our God given assignments?

Facing such demands, we need the gentle guidance of God's Holy Spirit to have any chance of choosing well, or even to maintain our sanity!  However, unless we listen for that still, small voice, we will only hear the clamor of our own minds and the voices that surround us.

Isaiah 30:21 offers just the instruction and assurance we need for such a time as this.  The Lord says,

"Whether you turn to the right

or to the left, your ears will hear
a voice  behind you, saying, 
“This is the way; walk in it.”

That sounds like an offer I can't afford to refuse!

When have you been guided by that still, small voice?
What was the outcome?

How have your missed out on this offer?  What were the results in your circumstances?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ancient Paths

Our Father,

The ancient boundary lines are covered hidden by the litter of the centuries.  The ancient boundary stones are overgrown by millenia of religious, cultural and political traditions.  We follow maps marked with the lies and errors of those who came before us and continue to further deface them with our own foolish notations.   Even a true map can be "read" to suit the purposes of predators and mad men.

Even what one generation learns the hard way is discarded and forgotten by the next, even while the wounds left by the hard lessons are bleeding still.

We no longer can tell left from right, up from down, sick from healthy, or true life from walking death.

We need your guidance more than ever.  Lead us by your Spirit, in Jesus' name!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015