2006-08-11 - Beacons
I live in Atlanta, where the tallest building in the Southeast is selling for $436 million. For some, it's just the biggest real estate deal in the city's history. For me, it's the sale of my beacon. When I attended and worked at (as a part-time receptionist) at a large midtown church, I used to look out at that lovely building (well, at least what I could see of it!) when I talked on the phone. And wherever I was driving in the city - in any direction, I could follow that skyscraper back to my turf, and I could find my way home with ease. That lovely salmon-colored building was my beacon.
What are the beacons in your life? To what or whom do you look for direction?
Obviously our foremost beacon should be God. He is the only one who is Omniscient. And we should "pray constantly," as the Apostle Paul taught us. But He often works through others, including family, friends, counselors and support groups:
Eccl 4:9-12 NRSV) Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Sometimes a friend or someone else outside the situation can see it more objectively. Sometimes we just need a frend to "Vent" with - not to fix the situation, just to be in it with us. We feel we have to know just the right words to say, or the right things to do. But most often the most important thing we can do for each other is to simply "be there," listening and praying.
God's word should be one of our beacons. We should study it daily.
Psalm 119:105 (NASB) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Sometimes God uses the wisdom of people we have never met nor ever will - authors whose books we read, pastors whose sermons we hear, or even online devotional writers. Many times, we at cfdevotionals will receive moving letters, saying things like"that was exactly what I needed today." "God really spoke to me through you." Etc. (And we are honored to be the conduits.)
I encourage you to think about the beacons in your life - and to consider being more open to those whom God has been wanting to use in your life. Don't let false pride keep you from God's blessings.
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