Rising to the Top… (kinda corny – pun intended)

This morning, I was sitting at my desk eating my generic brand frosted shredded mini-bites cereal by hand (my doctor reminded me of the benefits of fiber), washed down by a generous swig of milk after each little biscuit.  Noticing myself getting full, I put the top back on my plastic container.  Then I started hearing little sounds like snow falling – but in my mind, I knew that couldn’t be happening at my desk.  So I looked closely at my container and saw that static was causing little bits of the wheat cereal to leave the pile (bits from the end of the bag) and cling to the top of the plastic container.  It was hilarious to me because I’d never noticed my cereal moving before my very eyes.  So I suppose this was a special occasion.  🙂

Now I’m not gonna get all deep and claim to have received some great revelation through my breakfast.  I will say that hearing this faint sound and subsequently choosing to look in an unlikely spot attuned me to the presence of God for the day in a unique way.  The sheer delight of everything in the earth being subject to Him reminded me of God’s greatness.

If He chooses to speak by cereal, who am I to protest?  He can speak in any way He chooses.  The question is:  will we listen?  And once we’ve listened, will we obey?

Will you stay with the crowd today, or will you rise to the top?  Press on, my friend!

© Copyright 2009 by Kayren J. Cathcart

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

(Colossians 3:1-3)

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What’s Your Outlook?

Yesterday was hard.  It was tough to focus, tough to push through.  I was overtired and I’m dealing with some transitions in my work environment – but let’s face it, who isn’t?!  I hardly had the motivation to get off the elevator; yet, when I did finally get settled into my cube, I found myself surfing various news sites and counting down to the moment when I could clock out.  Before I knew it, I’d read several weeks’ worth of Dilbert comics online.  Sound familiar?

As I commuted home, I was so convicted that I hadn’t been an effective steward of the time, life, health, and strength I’d been given for that 24-hour span that I determined to make today better.  Amazingly, it seemed God become the wind beneath my wings to help bring that to pass.  Today, it didn’t seem so laborious to start my morning.  I spoke to someone kind who was waiting for the train.  There was a melody in my heart.  I thought of one work-related task I could accomplish today – and I did it!  Things started looking up.

I guess the choice was mine all along!  What attitude will you choose today?

© Copyright 2009 by Kayren J. Cathcart

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”

(Deuteronomy 30:19)

This Time It’s Different…

Today, I was obedient.  This is a milestone.  Not because I was obedient, but because of the timeframe in which I responded to God’s gentle nudging – it was immediate.  The task was simple, something I like to do, and something I am good at.  However, I’ve postponed, delayed, and procrastinated (however you choose to classify it) for more times than I care to admit.  This time, I didn’t use the excuse that instantly popped into my head.  I ignored the list of other things I mulled doing with that 5 minutes.  I didn’t get stuck pondering the “what ifs” as that so often taunt me.  “What if it’s not perfect the first time?  What will I follow up this topic with?  What if I start and then run out of content?  What if no one reads it?”

Instead, I took a deep breath and consciously thought, “What’s the consequence if I don’t do this now?”  My inner response was, “More of the same.  And direct opposition to the will of God because of blatant rebellion.”  Ouch!  I cannot afford that.  I’m tired of the results my current actions (or lack thereof) are creating.  And who in their right mind wants to oppose the King of the Universe?  Exactly.  That’s not a smart move at all.

So as much as I’ve agonized with inner turmoil and angst about writing, I took to the keyboard and began this message instead of letting the words roll around in my head like a one-sided conversation that no one else would ever hear.  In the past, I’ve made a mountain out of a molehill and dragged a 5-minute activity out to weeks (okay, I’ll admit even months and years) in duration.  I could give plenty of attempted justifications, but – simply put – it all boils down to disobedience.  Over time, you may be glad I chose to be an obedient vessel.  I know I am.

This time it’s different.  No more “hit or miss” with the things of God.  It’s time out for foolishness.  We ALL have to get serious about obeying His voice when we hear Him speak to us with direction, correction, or instruction.  It’s no longer optional – it’s mandatory.  It’s a new day…embrace it, live it, obediently walk in it.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

(II Corinthians 5:17)

 My Prayer of Thanksgiving:

Truly You have blown my mind today, Lord, as I feel the fog lifted and I’m able to hear You clearly.  And to think – all I had to do was obey.  That’s what You were waiting for.  I hear You.

© Copyright 2009 by Kayren J. Cathcart