Archive for July, 2011

Consistency

July 27, 2011

I was sufficiently convicted after reading Matthew 24 this morning in The Message Bible.  Jesus stated His qualifications for promotion: vigilance, dependability, consistency (on time, every day), and always doing the job even when no one is watching (but of course He is always watching).

He desires consistency in small matters. So do I. I asked a friend to call me last night between the hours of 8 and 9. The response email said: No problem whatsoever. I want to be 100 percent cooperative. But by 9 o’clock, no phone call. I did get a call around 9:15 with this apology: I started to call earlier, but then my neighbor asked me to help with a project. All I could think was, “What happened to the promise you made to me first?”

The more I thought about this, the more my finger started pointing to me. How many times have I made a promise to the Lord or to someone else, with every intention of doing so, and then another option came up that I preferred or it just seemed more pressing  than what I had promised? I did not keep my word. Ouch!

My distrations are NEVER an excuse for breaking my promises. What if God operated like that? I’m so sorry, I got carried away in a great conversation and forgot to bring the sun up this morning. I guess you’ll just have to be in the dark all day. God says it’s better not to make a vow, then to make one and not keep it.

I can’t do anything about all the promises I did not keep. Thank God for His grace and forgiveness and  for the grace and mercy of my friends. But today (with God’s strength and grace), I will keep my word.

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Heavenly Anniversary

July 13, 2011

Today marks the one year anniversary of my father experiencing the joys and delights of heaven. I know he’s enjoying every minute in God’s presence because his greatest delight on earth was praising God. He never cared who saw him or what they thought. The only thing that mattered to Elihue Martin was obeying the truth he knew. God’s Word and His Word alone was the standard by which he made all his decisions.

My oldest brother, Truman,  and I were talking this morning about how naive we were growing up. We thought everybody told the truth (especially church folks and preachers). Why? My father and mother always spoke the truth and lived the truth. We didn’t know people could look at you with a straight face and lie! I was in shock the first time it happened to me.

I have thought of Dad often this past year and his standard, his uncompromising standard. He stood for being a righteous and holy man. A man who was the head of his home. A man who respected authority. A man who never buckled under outside pressures to conform to the culture or what is comfortable. He was willing to walk that lonely road of being misunderstood and talked about as long as (in his mind) he was pleasing His Savior.

Lord, help me as Elihue Martin’s daughter and your child, live an uncompromising life…seeking your approval alone.