We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Stress Never Takes a Vacation

No matter what time of year it is, the stressors of life never seem to be on vacation. The holidays often bring more worry than cheer as we try to negotiate family relationships, plan the perfect Thanksgiving meal, and somehow buy the perfect gifts for everyone on the list. Springtime brings with it taxes and allergies. And then summer comes along–and even our vacations often stress us out! What can be done to bring real and lasting peace into our lives?

Francois Fenelon weighed in on this question when he wrote,

“Real peace in this life must be attained with a full view of one’s own imperfections, neither slurred over nor tolerated, but, on the contrary, condemned to the full extent. Then one bears the humiliation of one’s frailty in peace, because there is no more clinging to self. We are troubled by our own faults more than those of other people, not because they are our own, but because it is our duty to correct, to conquer, to renounce, to humble ourselves, in order to accomplish the will of God, even through the sacrifice of ourselves. The disposition which you need to cultivate is faithful attention to the light thrown upon your imperfections.

Try not to vex yourself by forestalling the future, any more than by fretting over the past. Resign yourself to God, and do with simplicity the best you can, according to the light of the present moment.”

Fenelon understood what Paul was trying to communicate in Philippians 4 when he wrote:

“. . . do not be anxious about anything,but in everything by prayer and earnest entreaty, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God,which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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Image is Everything

We were created in the image of God–but do we reflect his image in grace and excellence?

Scripture tells us that Lucifer was once the reflection of the glory of God. In fact, his name literally means “light-bearer”; in Ezekial 28 we read that Lucifer was the sight and sound of God’s glory–he was the Cherub that covered the throne of God with the brilliance that was created in him. When he fell, he was cast down to the earth, and since that time has been distorting the image of God–through sight and sound.

Many have fallen prey to the wiles of the devil, addicted to both mediocrity and the temporary unfulfilling pleasures of our day. Like the proverbial frog we are being amused to death (amuse – def’ – not thinking).

But there is hope.

In the beginning of time, God vested the treasure of His image to humanity, charging Adam and Eve to bear His image by taking dominion, being fruitful, multiplying, and filling the earth. God tasked mankind with the vocation of re-creation.

It is our calling to bear His image with honor and excellence as we reflect His glory in our work and relationships. In 2nd Peter 1 we read that His divine power has granted us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.

If you have ever longed to reach the highest level of excellence in your God-giftedness, there is an unprecedented opportunity that awaits you. This summer you will have an  opportunity to work and study side by side with godly mentors who have excelled in their God-given skills, reaching the highest level of mastery.

During the week of July 17-22, the team behind the creative genius and excellence of audio dramas such as Chronicles of Narnia, Les Miserables, Left Behind, Adventures in Odyssey, and their most recent creation, Lamplighter Theatre has decided to use their collective experiences and talents to pass down to the next generation! During this once in a lifetime opportunity, you can participate in an entrepreneurial-apprenticeship type platform to be inspired, instructed, and mentored by some of the most talented professionals in the fields of Dramatic and Visual Arts.

Find out more by visiting www.lamplighterguild.com or contact us at mail@lamplighterguild.com with any questions.

Lamplighter–making ready a people prepared for the Lord, by building Christ-like character one story at a time.

 

Looking forward,

Mark Hamby

Stress Never Takes a Vacation

No matter what time of year it is, the stressors of life never seem to be on vacation. The holidays often bring more worry than cheer as we try to negotiate family relationships, plan the perfect Thanksgiving meal, and somehow buy the perfect gifts for everyone on the list. Springtime brings with it taxes and allergies. And then summer comes along–and even our vacations often stress us out! What can be done to bring real and lasting peace into our lives?

Francois Fenelon weighed in on this question when he wrote,

“Real peace in this life must be attained with a full view of one’s own imperfections, neither slurred over nor tolerated, but, on the contrary, condemned to the full extent. Then one bears the humiliation of one’s frailty in peace, because there is no more clinging to self. We are troubled by our own faults more than those of other people, not because they are our own, but because it is our duty to correct, to conquer, to renounce, to humble ourselves, in order to accomplish the will of God, even through the sacrifice of ourselves. The disposition which you need to cultivate is faithful attention to the light thrown upon your imperfections.

Try not to vex yourself by forestalling the future, any more than by fretting over the past. Resign yourself to God, and do with simplicity the best you can, according to the light of the present moment.”

Fenelon understood what Paul was trying to communicate in Philippians 4 when he wrote:

“. . . do not be anxious about anything,but in everything by prayer and earnest entreaty, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Published in: on March 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm  Leave a Comment