Blessed Summer – Week 7

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.

“Pure” is a word when immediately heard and spoken conjures up an image of cleanliness. Try it…what is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word pure? Often we can look at the impurity in others while elevating ourselves to a notion or belief that we are truly pure, but how does one know? The ultimate standard of purity is none other than Jesus Christ. If one wants to know if they are pure it starts with an honest evaluation of where one is and this can only be done when measuring our lives against the truth of scripture. Most of our self reflection is done by measuring ourselves against others. The problem with this is I can always find someone better and I can always find someone worse. The challenge for each one of us is how to live a pure life in an impure world. Here’s a hint…you cannot do it on your own. The questions below are meant to be a self reflection exercise to be honest. I will caution you. You may not like what you discover.

Pressing toward the prize

Pressing Toward the Prize

Pressing Toward the Prize
Life is a race and all of us are running at different speeds and in different directions.  Just as a regular race some are putting in more training than others.  There are probably times when we are running just to get to the next marker or refreshment stand.  Races can be difficult because you do not see the finish line until it is only a short distance away.  Half way through the race, when your legs are tired, your mouth is dry and your mind is telling you to stop, it is difficult to imagine what the finish looks like or even to believe there could be one.  At times, the race of life can feel the same way.  We become worn out and tired…we feel as though we cannot continue until we realize what the finish line is, what we are competing for; what it is we will receive.