An Honor To Be Asked

Rob Fraser  —  June 12, 2013

Recently, I was asked to simply pray and attend a local meeting of the county commission. This was indeed a privilege and an honor. I was also able to have a small part in one of our local weekend festivals where I was the emcee for a day of music and family fun. It’s a joy to be included in the life of your community.
So, what are you being asked to do? Some things are wonderful and some a burden. However, life is all about experiences and challenges. What is God asking you to do? Will you accept the invitation to become involved in His work and plans? It’s an honor to know God and to be about living for Him. 
       Your life is a work in progress. Are you aware of that? Does that intimidate you or inspire you? Do you want to be better or just basically the same? Do you embrace change in your life, or do you prefer comfort over anything else?
          Life is all about how you live and how you learn. How are you living, and are you willing to learn? Is anything in your life perfect? Is anything in your life complete? Be content with the work God wants to do in you and for you. Be thankful for who you are, but always be open to who you are becoming. The Bible says in Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Let us be those who say “I am a work in progress, but one day the progress will lead to perfection.” Enjoy your life. Be thankful your blessings, and know that we all need “some work.”

The Joys of Moving

Rob Fraser  —  February 24, 2013

I am in the process of moving. I know you have been there before. You realize that you have to start packing up your things. You prepare for where you are headed next. You start thinking about what you want to take with you and what you can be rid of. You carefully pack up things that are most valuable, and you quickly toss away other things into boxes. Also, you have to label what goes where, and you spend a lot of time wondering how to load everything up for it’s next destination.

            Moving can be very stressful, but it is a necessary step in getting you where you need to be. God wants to move in our lives. He knows where to take you. He knows where you need to be. However, you have to do some packing. You have to decide what you are willing to get rid of for your next move. Some things need to be kept and some things need to be left in the past. God is also moving in your heart. Are you willing to let God do his work? Will you let God handle your heavy load and all the stuff you carry with you? Let God move you.

Our baby boy recently started feeding himself. It’s a delight to watch him pick up food and nibble his way through a meal. It’s a milestone in his life that we are proud to share in. However, he does not know what food he can and cannot eat. He does not know what size he can chew and what size he can choke on. Today, he had a tray full of small sliced apple pieces that I made for him. He was doing well eating those until I sat down with my bowl of chili. He looked at that and wanted what I had. He stopped eating what was prepared for him wanting what he could not have. He could not handle spicy chili with all the toppings, but yet he thought he wanted it.
God’s knows what we can handle and what we cannot. He knows whether we can have a whole lot or just very little. He knows what we are ready for and what we are not. Are you willing to let God determine that for you, or will you risk chasing after what you are not ready for? Be content. Follow the Father’s plan for your life. Remember the words of  1 Timothy 6:6 “ But godliness with contentment is great gain.”

 

Draw Me Close To You

Rob Fraser  —  October 24, 2012
 Draw me close to you, Lord. This is my prayer. As Christians, we can be close to the Lord because of Jesus.  He bridged the gap caused by our daily sin that separates us.  However, we have a part in all of this. Do you want to be close to God? What keeps you from feeling that way? His presence is ever there. We simply need to acknowledge it. His desire for you is constant. We must simply share in it. God’s love for you is endless. We must simply accept it.
                Remember the old wise phrase “if you feel far from God, who moved?” I am mindful of this today. I do not want to move myself farther and farther away from God through my own selfish thoughts and ways. I don’t want to place my will above God’s will and have that leave me feeling distant and empty. So, Lord help me to want to be, try to be, and live to be closer to you. In doing so, you will make yourself known over and over again in my life in ways that I cannot even imagine. That’s your greatness, Lord! I acknowledge it today. Help me to “seek first the kingdom of God” and trust your words from James 4:8 “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” Likewise, help me to cleanse my hands, purify my heart, and my mind for you. Amen.