Let Me Be Frank… 6-27-18

Want to know where my thoughts are on any given day?  Look at my desk.  If it’s clean and things are where they should be (I love piles), then everything is going well.  And if my desk is a mess?  Well, you should probably be prepared for the worst.
I’m not really sure how it happened.  My office continues to collect items at an alarming rate.  In fact, I’m pretty sure there is some kind of amazing magnet-vacuum thingy working against me.  I’m a little afraid to go in there…
I know I have to, but there are other things to do.  I can work in the sound booth and laptops are really portable.  I could avoid my office altogether and live to fight another day, but I know I need to deal with the mess.
But the mess overwhelms me.  It paralyzes me as I sit in my office trying to figure out where to start.  Some of you are able to dive in and address a problem.  I have always struggled with that.  I analyze and over analyze a situation before I attempt anything.  But time is a luxury and I have to take the first step.  Whether it’s my office or my heart, I have to address the mess!
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.
James 4:7-8

I humble myself before God.  I resist the devil.  And I surrender my heart and trust He has the best in store for me.  I pick up one item and I deal with it…  Washing my hands of it, asking for forgiveness, and giving it to God.  The mess does not immediately disappear, but I continue the hard work of giving my hopes and fears, my failures and successes, my distractions and my anxiousness, and my sin to God.  
Address the mess today.  How are your relationships?  Is Jesus at the center of each one?  How is your heart?  Is it overwhelmed?  Are you paralyzed and don’t know where to start?
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  You don’t have to address the mess alone.  Purify your heart, wash your hands, come to Him in humility and obedience and let Him heal your heart.
And if you need me, I’ll be in my office.  I think I have some cleaning to do.
Can’t wait to see you Sunday!
We are Central… and we’re in this TOGETHER!