Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Do you think that sometimes we are burdened with things just to pray about them?
I said yesterday I was burdened with the 18-20-somethings of my church. Turns out I am not the only one, after sending an email to someone asking their opinion of something I could do. Funny thing is that this person said basically that I do too much... because I love... and that others were burdened with the same thing. Apparently the Holy Spirit guided me to who I should ask in order to get the answer I needed to hear.
So maybe we come together and we pray about it. Maybe we all need to pray about it seperatly and God will funnel it, and raise someone up. Not really sure.
Do you remember when you were 18-20 something? Shew, I do, and I knew the Lord, but I didn't KNOW the Lord... you know what I mean? And boy was my life jacked up. Not a pretty sight, but that's just the way it goes. And even though I know all those steps guided me to the journey I am on now, and regrets, they come and eventually they go (when I lay them down), it's still difficult. Yes, I know that God uses our bad for good and all that, but what if somehow we could guide those 'youngin's' to live a life on the narrow path, and when they fall off the narrow path, it's not nearly bad of a fall as it could be. what if we can open their eyes to keep them from going into debt so they start their early years debt free, so what if they don't sit on great furniture and it's a hand-me-down, so what?! I think it makes you appreciate it all the more when you get new stuff (and it's even better when you can afford it).
I just know that I love this generation, and I think in everything there is a season... and right now, I think it's a season of prayer, hard-core prayer.
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What does the worker gain from his toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.