The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength. (Judges 7:2 NLT; emphasis mine)
He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath. (Deuteronomy 8:17, 18 NLT)
I can so identify with what the Lord told Gideon and what Moses told the Israleites. This is me; this is all of us. I constantly think about how great I am doing at things. I always build myself up in my head. I always have a desire to look at the things I am doing and say to God, “look at them, see how awesome I am? How can you not be impressed??”
But when I read verses like this, I am reminded about how little God cares about my boasting about myself. I remember to do an honest assessment of myself and know how truly broken and messed up I am. I am all this and more, but God still loves me and cares for me. Through this, I am reminded to brag only about God and how great He is. I am reminded that it needs to be less about me and more about Him.
I pray that our gaze looks less in the mirror and more to the the Savior.
Today, we were dispatched to a medical call, but could not find the patient. We waited on scene to get a better location for the possible patient.
While we waited, we parked next to Time Warner Cable arena. We looked to our left and saw circus elephants about to walk in front of our fire truck! They were on their way into the arena to perform for the circus.
One of the best parts of our job is you never know what you are going to encounter on any given call. This time we got to hang with some circus elephants. I am sure it is a moment the elephants will never forget.
We had to assist a retired firefighter’s family today in a way that required us to wear our Class A uniforms. Wearing our Class A’s is a rarity for us and Lee might not ever wear his again since his upcoming retirement is getting so close.
We figured while we were all dressed up we might as well get a picture.
We just arrived in the St. Louis area in our return trip home.
Upon entering the room I found this sign laying next to the sink.
“Aww, that is incredibly sweet. They honored our privacy by not cleaning our room…”(cue screeching sound) “wait a minute!!! We just arrived. There was no need to honor our privacy. They just needed to clean our room.”
I think it is interesting that when I hear people talk about our giving to the poor I often get a mental image of having to sacrifice. And not just the “making me a little uncomfortable” sacrificing. I am talking about having to starve the kids for a day kind of sacrificing
This is where my mind goes, but when I read verses like 2 Corinthians 8 I understand that this extreme giving is not what God really expects of us. While sacrificial giving is important (i.e., Mark 12:41-44), we are more often meant to bring equality to everyone through our giving.
I wonder what would happen if all of us embraced bringing equality through constant acts of giving? I wonder how much poverty across the globe could be reduced? I wonder what impact we, as a people would have?
Give in proportion to what you have. Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have. Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need.
As the Scriptures say, “Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough.” 2 Corinthians 8:11-13 & 15; emphasis mine