From my morning reading…because they were just too good not to share.

From Mark 1:41

“Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man.”

  • Filled with compassion–Where others have contempt, Jesus is full of compassion.  Am I?
  • Jesus reached out–His compassion compelled an action.  True compassion always does.
  • Touched the man–What must it have been like for the man with leprosy to be touched after so long?  By Jesus, no less.
  • The man begged on his knees for Jesus to do what no one else could do.  What am I begging the Lord to do; believing if He doesn’t do it, it won’t be done?

From Servants of the Servant, by Don N. Howell, Jr.

  • “Joseph’s immaturity, Jacob’s partiality, and the brothers’ hostility became the instruments in God’s hand to orchestrate his redemptive purposes.”  Well, that helps me to be more patient and less judgmental.
  • “The text, however, explicitly attributes Joseph’s success in leadership not latent talent or personal charisma, but to divine blessing.”  Am I seeking God’s empowerment & blessing in areas where I lead or am I just relying on self?
  • “Such a stunning reversal of fortune and meteoric rise to prominence could ruin a young leader, but in the case of Joseph his sufferings have nurtured a meek spirit.”  Further proof that all good leaders must be well-acquainted with suffering.
  • “With requisite skill Joseph manages the economy of Egypt during the famine years and expands Pharaoh’s ownership of currency, land, livestock, and people.”  All the while, his personal life is in turmoil as he welcomes back into his life his brothers who had been the source of so much pain.  One who leads well is faithful to the responsibilities delegated to him and does not let the personal compromise his diligence.
  • “Joseph proved resilient in setbacks, forgiving when wronged, and faithful in stewardship because of his profound belief in a God who was working through him to accomplish the deliverance of the chosen family.  The tiny slice of history he occupied was thus dignified with greater meaning beyond the immediate.  Joseph’s overwhelming sense of privilege and accountability ruled out the petty agendas, manipulative techniques, and controlling maneuvers so endemic to leadership patterns both past and present.”   God’s perspective changes everything.

From The Me I Want to Be by John Ortberg (one of my favorite authors, I must add…)

  • “Your ‘spiritual life’ is not limited to certain devotional activities that you engage in.  It is receiving power from the Spirit of God to become the person God had in mind when he created you–his handiwork.”
  • “Flourishing means moving towards God’s best version of you.”
  • “How do you assess the the well-being of your soul?  Ask two questions:  1) Am I growing easily discouraged these days?   2) Am I growing more easily irritated these days?”
  • “At the core of a flourishing soul are the love of God and the peace of God.   If peace is growing in me, I am less easily discouraged.  If love is growing, I am less easily irritated.”

From Are Women Human?  by Dorothy L. Sayers

  • “What is repugnant to every human being is to be reckoned always as a member of a class and not as an individual.”  Agreed.