We are given power…

“… we are given power to meet the demands and the needs that are waiting for us in the ministry yet to come.

From my morning readings in “The Power of His Presence” by Ray C. Stedman.

 Moon Rise behind the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm by “Caveman Chuck” Coker

Moon Rise behind the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm, a photo by “Caveman Chuck” Coker on Flickr.

I always think the power must come from me.  I’m doing this, aren’t I?  But no.  Things go much better if I look to Him for the wisdom and the power.

Let my heart be broken…

“I once heard of a man pray, “Lord, let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.” That is a hunger for partnership with God. That is the heart’s cry of a believer who truly wants to be used by God to further His work in the world.”

from “Friend of God, the Legacy of Abraham, Man of Faith” by Ray C. Stedman

Waiting for Rain in Burkina Faso by United Nations Photo
Waiting for Rain in Burkina Faso, a photo by United Nations Photo on Flickr.

But once my heart is broken, I want to be able to help.  Just feeling bad about a situation isn’t enough.  So I pay attention to the things around me, that are heartbreaking, that I can help with, if only a little.

Christian love is not just a sentimental emotion, it is the springboard for service.

The greatest force…

“The greatest force in the world today, without a doubt, is love. And yet it is the kind of power that does not threaten or break apart or destroy; it gathers and heals. … So the dove is an apt symbol of the new life our Lord came to teach.”

From my morning readings in “The Power of His Presence” by Ray C. Stedman.


Holy Spirit by h.koppdelaney

Holy Spirit, a photo by h.koppdelaney on Flickr.  Used under Creative Commons Attribution License.

The power of love is something each of us can own and claim.  It is there for us regardless of our class, job, strength, health, intelligence.  We can claim the dove and do His work, in our everyday life, by the little things as well as the big.