“I didn’t care the way they worship at ________ Church.”
Did God care? I think so. It might not have been in your comfort zone or something that was familiar to you but don’t judge other church’s worship (or even a different style in your church) unless it failed to exalt Christ.
“I didn’t get anything out of worship today.”
Did God? Isn’t God the audience? You “get” out of worship what you put into it.
In Isaiah 29 God complains about worship that is half-hearted and hypocritical. The people were offering God stale prayers, insincere praise, empty words, and man-made rituals without even thinking about the meaning. God’s heart is moved by passion and commitment. That’s up to you!
For most people Christmas may be a time of joy and expectation. But not for everyone. I know too many people who get depressed at this time of year.
Carol Nelson said,
Christmas is a time when you get homesick — even when you’re home.
I’ve known that feeling some years, particularly those years immediately after the death of a loved one. What about you? Or what about those around you? Friends and family and co-workers?
If you’re having a Blue Christmas please talk to someone. Call a professional, cry to a friend; just don’t hold it all in and let it reach a point where you find there’s few options.
Though this is 3 years old now it’s still moving…
We are always undergoing a test. God sees all of our responses to people, problems, successes, conflicts, illnesses, and disappointments.
All of us are tested some time by major changes, delayed problems, impossible problems, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticism, and senseless tragedies.
Our faith is tested through problems; our hope in how we handle possessions; our love through people.
If life is a test, then there are no insignificant details to it. Every day is an opportunity; every second a chance to grow.
If you believe there is more to this life than this life and you understand that this life determines our place in the rest, then you will live differently. You will live in light of eternity. Your values will change. You’ll place a higher premium in relationships and character instead of fame and fortune.
If you don’t believe in an eternal future based on choices here then live life large now! Forget being good and ethical. Do what you want when you want. Why not?
Because deep in the human heart eternity is planted. Ecclesiates 3:11, “ Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”
If we try to prove to God that we love Him, it is a sure sign that we do not love Him.
We are loved by God because of His unfettered grace. Don’t put chains back on! We don’t prove our love to others. We simply love them and they recognize it or don’t. Either way, we love them. The same is true with God. He knows whether we love Him. If we have to prove it, it is more for our own satisfaction and justification of our own lives when it was Jesus who justified us through the cross.