Tennis Update

Filed in SportsTags: Tennis

Lost my tennis match this afternoon, 7-5, 7-5. Might have something to do with my right quad not loosening up at all until the second set. Or, it might have something to do with playing with a different partner every match this year. Oh well, the team still won, 4-1.

OYB: January 22

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 44-45
NT: Matthew 14:13-36
Ps: Psalm 18:37-50
Pr: Proverbs 4:11-13

Today´s notable verse:

When Jesus heard what happened, he withdrew privately to a solitary place. Hearing this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

Matthew 14:13-14 (NIV)

A couple points stand out to me in these verses. First, in a time of great tragedy - Jesus had just lost a relative, someone dear to him - his first reaction was to seek the Father in the Secret Place. How often do we fail to make this action our primary reaction to such times? We turn everywhere but to the One who can truly help us in such times of need. Secondly, Jesus here provides such a great example of selflessness. Even though he needed alone time with the Father, he saw the crowds and had compassion on them; laying aside his own needs, out of his compassion for the people, he tended to their needs before his own. This example is the selfless love and compassion of Christ that we must strive to emulate.

The One Year Bible Blog notes:

Comments from you & Question of the Day - Based on our readings in Matthew today where we see that Jesus slipped away from the crowds to pray by himself, do you model this behavior of Jesus' in your life and slip away from the crowds to pray by yourself? How often? Where and How? Also, do you take spiritual retreats? Do you take the retreats alone or with others? Is prayer a central part of the retreats?

Interesting, that we should touch on the same theme, from two different parts of the same passage. I do try to model this behavior, though I'm nowhere nearly as consistent as I would like. Living alone, it is generally much easier for me, than for others, to find a solitary place and time. The concept of "spiritual retreats" is an interesting one, and one that, in my opinion, can manifest itself in myriad forms. My mission trips are, for me, a form of spiritual retreat; I spend more time in the Word and in prayer, in personal devotional time and in corporate teaching and worship, and I spend the entire time practicing attitudes of selflessness, patience, and hard work. The men's prayer breakfasts at my church are another form of spiritual retreat, as are the men's retreats. Sometimes, the young men from the church will spend a weekend camping, as another form of spiritual retreat - fellowship with each other, worship around the campfire, and spending time with the Creator in the spendor of His creation.

If you've not heard of it, allow me to introduce you to Secrets of the Secret Place, by Bob Sorge - a great book on developing a "Secret Place" relationship with the Father. This book is amazing, especially for anyone who wants to develop a passion for a "secret place" attitude and lifestyle.