To listen, to love, and to pray and discern
And to do the right thing even when it burns

Those words come from Josh Garrels song, “Beyond the Blue” from the album, “Love and War and the Sea In Between.”   If you have never listened to it, I recommend you do, several times.   Every time I listen to him, I learn more and more.

These two lines really hit me this morning and I wanted to share that “hit” with you……

To Listen – He’s not talking about listening to other people or the noise of the media or the chaos of modern life.    He’s talking about listening to God.

To love – Love God, love others, love yourself – don’t be evil, don’t be judgmental, don’t be mean.  As Josh says in another one of his songs, “We’re all castaways in need of rope.”   Love each other and love God that way.

To pray and to discern –  Without praying and talking to God about what He wants, you’re not going to be able to understand what His will is for you.   It’s like trying to understand your teenager without talking to them – it doesn’t work (and NO I am not comparing God to a moody teenager).   Discern – we’ve been talking a lot in Elders at my church about discernment.   How do we know what God wants?   How are we able to put aside what we might think and move towards what God wants us to do?

And to do the right thing even when it burns – Ouch.  This is the hard part.   Even when the right thing is hard, God calls us to do it.    Even when the right thing burns, He wants us to be faithful.

That means that when He is calling us to do the right thing caring for “our neighbors,”  we need to do it even if it burns.

That means that our comfort comes a very distant 2nd to our calling to do what God wants us to.

So, what is God calling you to do?   And does it burn?   Even if it does, be faithful.

Someone will be better off and either this world or the next world will be a better place because you did it.

Tom