Sunday, January 8, 2012

Take Time To Be Holy

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In the 1992 Keeping Up Appearances episode "The French Lieutenant's Daughters," Hyacinth and Richard Bucket are driving along and wondering if they might be hearing Rose's voice over a loudspeaker (Rose was in fact with the "fresh" Mr. Finchley in his van, loudspeaker on, looking for her father). Hyacinth laments that she hopes it's not Rose because, as Hyacinth puts it: "Rose doesn't lead the kind of life you can play through a loudspeaker."

And really, truth be known, very few of us do. Yet the Good Lord desires that we do lead the kind of lives that could be played through a loudspeaker.

Many verses in the Bible tell us the kind of behavior to avoid, including in Ephesians 4 and 5:  "...put off falsehood; do not let the sun go down while you are still angry; do not let unwholesome talk come out of your mouths; get rid of bitterness, rage, anger, brawling, slander, and malice; not even a hint of sexual immorality, impurity, greed; no obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking; don't get drunk on wine..."

We only have to pore over God's Word to learn how He wants us to live. But learning about something isn't the same as doing it ... doing it takes time ... time spent in prayer, in God's Word, in singing "psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit." Renewing our minds. And listening for that still small voice and the leading of the Holy Spirit. Then little by little, from glory to glory, the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) grows and grows, leaving less and less room and desire for behavior that displeases the Lord.

As we do with our thoughts, let's patrol our behavior as well, making adjustments as needed and as God gives us strength!

Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek. 

Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be; 
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see. 

Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord, 
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word. 

Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.
(William Longstaff 1882)

A few of the kitties are joining us today (but not Sweetie or Kallie):



The "camera-shy" Sassy

We didn't have any sunshine this weekend, making it just too dark to take nice photos, so hopefully I can share a little about my great-grandmother (and just a few trinkets) next weekend.  But I'll try to pop in with something or other before then.

Always relying on and repeating to myself Philippians 4:13 (NKJV):
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 

Have a great start to your week!

Linking up to the lovely Charlotte's Spiritual Sundays.  Please go read some great posts!