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Stand

Stand

Christ of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Those of us that are able to physically do it, do a lot of standing in our lives. Those who are not blessed with this ability stand for many things, just not in a physical way. We learn to stand as toddlers, perfecting this talent as we get older, but as we grow in intelligence and knowledge, we learn to stand in different ways for different things.

We stand in the corner when we are misbehaving when we are young. We may take a stand against bully’s that are threatening a sibling, friend or someone unable to stand up for themselves. We stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and our National Anthem. We stand for what we believe is right and against what we believe is wrong.

We take a stand in the political arena and for what we consider our God Given and Government mandated rights. We stand against inhumane treatment of people, animals and the environment. We take a stand with others in matters concerning abuse, equal pay, health insurance and property rights.

We stand while talking on the phone, while looking out the window or inline at a counter in a store or to pay our bills. Some of us stand inline at food banks and benefit lines to get the help that we need. We stand in line at grocery stores, banks, offices and events. We stand for our right to believe and worship. We stand a lot, physically as well as mentally, verbally and emotionally.

When you become a believer in Christ you are possibly pushed to go into some kind of work or ministry for Christ. You are encouraged to do something for the Kingdom of God, to bring others into the belief of Christ as our Savior.

When I gave my life to Christ, I suddenly found myself part of the bus ministry. It was nothing that I planned on or applied for. It just happened and it meant a lot to me to help those children in poorer neighborhoods to have a chance to be introduced to Christ.

When we went to Florida, I found myself in the children’s ministry, teaching Sunday School and Children’s Church or helping those that did. I also found myself on the praise and worship team, handling the music overheads on the stage, and again I did not ask for or apply to do these things. They just happened.

As I look back, I see that there times I was put into positions of servitude, helping others in various ministries, working behind the scenes to help them accomplish what they needed to get done. I worked in making costumes and scenery for Church plays, and keeping track of attendees during vacation bible schools, and making calls to members who hadn’t been to church for awhile. I was always doing something.

As the years have gone by, many things have changed and as happens in a lot of Christian lives, I found myself going through some dry spots, where it didn’t seem like God was using me for anything. I’ve written several times about how he can use a person to just say the right thing at the right time to a selected individual or how being a good example of Christ like love can be a way he uses you to help others find Christ.

Later, I believed my ministry was writing. I keep a blog site called “More of Positive Mornings” and have written extensively over the years about Christ, his love and finding his blessings in every day life.
I’ve had a lot difficulty writing the last few months. I have at least 6 partially written articles saved on my computer. They haven’t been completed because the inspiration for them seems to have disappeared. I feel like I am stuck between a rock and a hard spot and I won’t publish anything that I don’t feel inspired to write. I’ve blamed some of this on so much happening in the last few months but I’m not at all sure that is the whole reason behind my “dry spot”

When mom passed away in June, I inherited some books from her, some very good books. One of them ( Experiencing God by Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King) talks about this very thing. They say that many Christians rush out to do what “they” think God wants them to do instead waiting for direction from him.

They advise that unless you are sure that what you are rushing out to do is from God, you should wait, you should “stand” and wait for the Holy Spirit to show you where you need to be and what you need to be doing. So here I “stand” on my writing, with the full conviction that God is not finished with me yet.

Luke 21:19 Stand firm, and you will win life.

James 5:8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.

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