Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Saturday, March 2, 2013

My Morning Prayer

Good morning Lord. Thank You for another day. I feel blessed to be able to work, and I feel blessed to be able to rest. Thank You for both.

Lord, this morning I took notice of something that I walk past every day, several times a day, but pay little attention to. It's the little red rocking chair that sits in the den. Of course You know it's not just any red rocking chair. Its the one that my youngest daughter had when she was little. And...its the one that my oldest daughter had when she was little. Aaaand....it's the one I had when I was little. Yep, that's the little red rocking chair I used to sit in at the end of our coffee table and watch cartoons on Saturday mornings while eating fruit loops. It still bears the scratches and scars from when I "worked" on it with a play tool set I got for Christmas one year. Now that I think about it, other than pictures, it's probably the oldest memento I still have of my childhood. Everything else...the bikes, bee-bee guns, tonka trucks, and GI Joe dolls, I guess I left hose behind.

Lord, I realize that You caused me to take notice of that chair this morning when I normally ignore it unless I stump my toe on it. I think You are using it to share with me a truth. And the truth is this...I chose to bring that chair along with me from my past. It meant something to me, so I made a conscious decision to ask my mom if I could have it when I left home. I chose to pack it up and bring it with me the multiple times I have moved. I chose to set it here in my den where it is now. Likewise, all of the other things from my past that I could have brought along with me, for whatever reason, I chose to leave behind. And I see Lord that Your instruction to me this morning is less about the rocking chairs and relics I have in my home, and more about the thoughts and feelings I carry in my heart.

Father, right now, I could easily rummage through probably half a dozen thoughts that I have carried around for years, that do me absolutely no good. I could quote verbatim a few comments made to me even as far back as my childhood that hurt my feelings.  There is clutter in my head and my heart, and I need You to help me clear it out. You have shown me with that rocking chair that I have a choice about what I bring along and what I leave behind. And right now Father, by the power of Your Holy Spirit who lives in me, I choose to only bring with me the things that matter to me. And everything else....I...Let...Go!

I love You Lord, so I am making more room for You in my life. In Jesus name, Amen!

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