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Monday, June 30, 2014

Trust The LORD For A Smooth Path

[Pro 3:5-6 NASB] “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”

We can’t trust just “anyone” or “anything” other than He who makes Himself supremely known. Interesting that it takes a lifetime to get to know a person, but the LORD is one who gave Himself and can be trusted. He is our Creator (is there anyone who knows us better?) and He knows best how to supply us with all we need. This is why He can be trusted.

He is to be trusted with “all your heart.” It’s a well known saying, that “‘all’ means ‘all’” so there is no guesswork as to how much of our heart is required to trust Him. If we trust with the entirety of the core of our being, there is no room for our own understanding. So many are of the opinion they must first understand and this is not the case. How does one come to that conclusion, anyway? Was there some sort of pre-understanding that enabled one to conclude there must be understanding? Trust is not trust unless it is trust. Understanding comes later.

I remember my father telling me that when he gave me something to do, I was to act immediately, without question, wavering or hesitation. I remember distinctly the concise picture he gave me: imagine I was swimming in the pond and a ‘gator was nearby. He shouts “get out of the water!” Do I tread water and dialogue about why I have to get out when I am having so much fun, or do as he says post-haste?

To this day I still wrestle with wanting to understand first, then act; however, I have learned the wisdom of responding to the person of my trust first.

As follows “all the heart” concerning trust, we are to acknowledge the LORD in “all our ways”, referring to the path we walk. It’s two words in Hebrew and the meaning is very succinct: “As you walk, know Him.” This does not mean “Praise Jesus, Praise Jesus, Praise Jesus,” every time you do something (though praise and worship are great, in context). Instead it means “to become acquainted”; that is, to be known by Him.

The result? Well, do you recall the steps of preparing for the King’s visit? Every low place was filled in, every high place was leveled, the crooked made straight and the rough spots made smooth. I get the picture here of walking along with King, in fellowship. Just as He intended in the very first garden.

This is the rest of the story. When we trust Him, we have fellowship with Him and share a path that He has prepared for us to walk. Our understanding is not a crutch to help us along the way, but the reward of walking with Him giving Him the rightful place as King. We are His subjects and serve from the love motive. Lean on ourselves? What help is there? Lean on Him and move along the smoother path that leads to His glory.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Randoms

It's been a long and fairly silent few months here in the Head-dibs. I've been busy writing sermons since January and have had little time to write and post for blogs. Stay with me a little longer and I will begin posting again in late July, early August! In the meantime . . .

Here's an Ode to Lawn Mowing from 1928 (ht: Art of Manliness)

Stephen Hawking Shows His Funny Side

Can you do NOTHING for 2:00 minutes? How long till you FAIL? 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Here's The Bottom Line (literally)

"Just go live your life, focus on your present reality, and ignore the circus of social media. Trust me, you'll be a lot happier."

(from "This is why you shouldn't take people's Facebook lives seriously.")

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable"

 "Being uncomfortable is important in life. There is a certain amount of strength in being uncomfortable that we don't find any other way. US Military Special Ops guys live in this space and as a result are able to do amazing things that normal people look at in awe. Yet, it's all a mental state of mind. Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable is something we should all practice doing. It is outside of our comfort zone that we find real growth and true strength. If we sit in our own little bubbles all the time we accomplish nothing as it pertains to our true potential. If you are scared at being cold at a race, go stand in a cold shower every day until it doesn't bother you anymore. Don't like being dirty? Go camping for a weekend in the woods without all your regular comforts of home. Scare you and your significant other have nothing in common? Turn off the TV and have a real conversation for once. If you aren't leaned over the edge on a daily basis a little scared you aren't living. Get uncomfortable so you can live comfortably."

Joe De Sena
Founder and CEO, Spartan Race

Monday, June 23, 2014

It's A Beautiful Day!

Last week, it sounded like every bird in the neighborhood was singing--even special guest showed up!

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Saturday, June 07, 2014

Bibimbap

Rest Day celebratory lunch (all for less than ten bucks)!


Friday, June 06, 2014

Post-run Enchantment

Beautiful sky at the end of 4 miles . . .


And a shameless selfie . . . 


Tuesday, June 03, 2014

81 Burgers

This May I tracked:

  • 12.860 Calories burned
  • 15:33:10 hours of Fitness Activity
  • 53.3 miles run/bike
Since March:
  • Completed 107 Workouts
  • Covered a total distance of 183.31 miles (that's .007 trips around the world)
  • Burned off 81 Burgers

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