"Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much." James 5:16
Each year I find it helpful to confess my sins to those that are regularly engaged with me through these postings. First, as an act of obedience, second as an act of healing, and third to seek accountability. While confessing all my sins would use up all the gigs on my Typepad account, I have enclosed those that were the bigger struggles. I always call this "Coastal Confessions" as it is a favorite lyric of mine, "I've got some coastal confessions to make, how about you?" Further, I am usually at the coast when I write this, not this year. This year our family is with the Hall family enjoying the clean crisp air of Colorado.
I confess I was angry about my health this year. From the fall I took last November that kept me from doing many of the things I enjoy until July, to this long term sinus thing that has created all kinds of aggravation. Instead of looking at this as a time to be patient, reflective, or as discipline, I have shown nothing but anger and frustration. I have not had joy in all seasons. I have surgery next month and hope this will help, but I will attempt to approach all of this with a better attitude. In comparison to what many people are suffering, my issues are not worthy of such silly anguish.
"Hurry is not of the devil, it is the devil." This famous saying has application to me this year. I confess I have spent less time in prayer and contemplation over the last twelve months as I have kept myself moving at light speed. My personal time did not include the communication, meditation and reflection it should. I have shown nothing but disdain for quiet weekends and attempted to fill them with constant action. Stillness is a necessity in life.
With hurry has also come the failure to pursue others. I confess this as one of the big sins of 2013.
I confess my language has been too colorful this year. I throw this back to the hurry and lack of stillness. The power of life and death is in the tongue. I confess and seek to offer more discipline to mine.
I am thankful to those that read these posts and that engage in a dialogue with me about the various subjects. These posts are mainly for my children and their children as a record of what I find most important in this short life, but when I learn of your thoughts and the way certain discussions encourage you, I am encouraged.
I am thankful for your input and interaction. I enjoy debating, and I am grateful for those that disagree with me as well. May we continue to "work out" our salvation.
May 2014 find you in Christ's common and saving grace.
"When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more."
John 8: 10-11