Thursday, January 21, 2010

lectio divina:: 1 thessalonians

I have been highlighting scriptures that demonstrate how to have a great attitude, and I recently read what seemed to me as the granddaddy of the scriptures on attitude.
1 Thessalonians 5:14:
“Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.
15 See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.
16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
in verse 14, God tells us to warn lazy people and encourage timid people-
it tells us to be patient, not impatient, and to be a caring person.
that’s what people with a great attitude DO!
and that the kind of person that I want to be.
in verse 15 it tells us not to be a hater, and instead, to always try to do good to everyone.
who DOESN’T want to be that person?
and in 16-18, it blatantly tells us that its God’s WILL that I’m joyful, that I’m praying, and that I’m grateful.
put simply, its God’s will for you and me to have an attractive, positive, believing attitude.
its God’s will that I be an encourager, a thanker, and a pray-er.
as a Christian, I should have a smile. I should have a kind word ready to be said. I should believe that God is going to take care of things. I should be patient, and most of all, I should be humbled and grateful for the load of grace that has been lavished on me.
so that settles it! a bad attitude is not God’s will for you or me.
it doesn’t come naturally, but I need to have it, so I have been finding myself praying for it.
and I have been finding myself looking for things to be grateful for when I feel like grumbling;
and it really makes a difference.
God is love.


last Christmas, jane got a big set of legos as a gift. these are real legos, not the big duplo blocks that she has been playing with for years, so I wasn’t sure if she was up to playing with the tiny parts; but to my surprise, she loves them. she has been playing with them a lot lately, and so I told her, “we should go to the lego store on daddy-daughter-day and get some more legos.” jane responded by saying, “that’s a GREAT idea dad!” Deanna said, “get her a lego-car. she really likes the cars.” what these ladies don’t understand is that I don’t need a kit to make lego cars! I have spent many hours of my childhood with legos, and all I need is some wheels to make some funky and chunky vehicles.
so we went to the lego store. jane was so happy that she did her patented happy-hop the entire time we were there. we got a little bucket and filled it up with wheels, steering wheels, shifters, and lego-flowers. when we got home, we spilled out all of the legos on the floor, laid on our tummies and created things for a long time. I made cars while jane made a lego garden out of her flowers. we showed each other the things that we made. at one point jane said,
“you know what dad? I like this.”
“I like this too, jane” I said with a smile.
how fun that jane likes the same toys that I did when I was a kid!
being a dad is cool.
God is love.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

lectio divina:: philippians

this year, one of my primary goals is to be known and marked by a good attitude. I think about this often; today I was reading through Philippians, and paul puts on a clinic on having a good attitude.
for context, remember that paul is writing Philippians from a prison cell, awaiting his execution. he has a right to have a bad attitude. instead, he shows what a great attitude really looks like. here are some notes from my journal on this:
people with a great attitude are marked by GRATITUDE.
even in the face of his execution, Paul thanks everyone. he thanks the Philippians, and he thanks God. in verse 1:3 he writes, “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.” people with bad attitudes don’t do that!
people with a great attitude are marked by VERBAL AFFECTION.
paul takes time to personally thank and bless others with his words. in 1:7 he says to the philippians, “So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart.” and in 4:1 he says, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stay true to the Lord. I love you and long to see you, dear friends, for you are my joy and the crown I receive for my work.” he also gives some special verbal praise to his friend Timothy. people with bad attitudes don’t do that!
people with a great attitude are marked by FAITH.
even though he was in his darkest hour, paul believed that God was in control of both the presnt and the future, and that God can do anything. in 1:20 he writes, “For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.” and in that famous passage in 4:13 paul says, “For I can do everything through Christ,[c] who gives me strength.”
people with a great attitude are marked by OPTIMISM.
since paull believed that God is in control, he could see the glass as hal full. and he encourages the Philippians to do so as well. in 1:12 he says, “And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News.” in other words, his imprisonment is a good thing. even his execution would be a good thing! he says, “But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy.” and he tells the Philippians to be optimistic, positive and grateful in Philippians 4:4, “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do.” paul never complains about his situation and he tells the Philippians in 2:14, “Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you.” (that’s a pretty good verse to memorize if you want to grow in a good attitude!)
people with a great attitude are marked by A FOCUS ON OTHERS.
no one had a better attitude than jesus; and paul says it clearly in chapter 2: “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave…”
just before that he writes, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”
people with a bad attitude don’t do that!
but we should.
be others centered. and a person with a big faith.
be a person who genuinely thanks God and others.
and watch how God uses you this year.
God is love.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

lectio divina:: 2 corinthians 6

I was reading this chapter this morning and it reminded me of my commitment this year to have a great attitude. paul write is verse 1:

"We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. "

even in the face of hardships, paul and his team have a great attitude. their focus is on god and on others, not on themselves. their great attitude is their identification; it is their credibility. its interesting to me the components of attitude for paul:
the indwelling of the Spirit;
and sincere love.

that's the kind of people that I want to be around, and those are the characteristics that I want to mark my life in this year.

God is love.

Monday, January 4, 2010

jane the artist

this is a video that I took with my ipod of jane drawing some items from her room, including her bed, her toy box and the ceiling. she reminds me of a 5-year-old bob ross:

jane the artist from rob walter on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

one LAST new year’s resolution:

one LAST new year’s resolution:
no fried food at all in 2010!
no fries,
no onion rings,
no mcdonald’s hash browns,
no tater tots,
no chicken strips,
no fried cheese sticks, corn dogs, fried burritos, nothing.
but this raises some problems:
what about chips? aren’t they fried? do they count? how will I eat salsa?
what about orange chicken at panda?
does that count?
do taco shells count?
I’m sure I’ll spend the entire year trying to figure out what counts and what doesn’t.
I’m going to focus primarily on the stuff that has been dunked in oil and is still wet from it-
and anything that has a crispy breading on it.
hold me accountable if we're out to eat!