A Week of Contemplation

Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member

I know the week isn’t over yet, but so far, this has been a week of thinking about things. First of all I have been thinking about blog writing. Basically, I feel I am in the valley of dry bones. My mind is tired and distracted with many things. But God had Ezekiel prophesy to the dry bones and they came to life. So, maybe that will happen to me ☺. But in the meantime, I’m still thinking.

We had a staff meeting this morning with our director, KP Yohannan. It was a little hard for me to follow (part of my distractions, I guess) but at the end of his talk he mentioned several items of application from the book of Philippians. Here are a few of them: 1. “we should fight for the unity of the saints.” The Body of Christ needs unity. “What are we doing to bring about that unity?” 2. “be humble. Let others pull you down.” I thought that was rather a strange statement, but when you think about it, it’s not. I believe this comes from Philippians 2:3-11. It says we should consider others more important than ourselves. We don’t necessarily like that. But that’s what it says. Further, the passage goes on to talk about how Jesus emptied Himself of his Godly privileges for our benefit, died on the cross, but then was exalted by God. To me, this means we need to die in order to live and be pleasing to God. Maybe not die in the physical sense but certainly in the spiritual sense.

I’ve heard that God has an upside down kingdom. The way down, is the way up. This passage certainly supports that. God really loves it when His people are humble. I could go on talking about this for hours. But for now, let me give you one more statement from the message this morning. 3. “Don’t look back, look forward.” This spoke to me because I have spent a good part of my life looking back. I look back at my life to figure out why I am the way I am. I look back at times of sin and the resulting guilt from it. I look back at unintentional mistakes and feel really dumb, and there is more but I’ll stop here. But nothing I do when I look back helps me grow in Christ. I’ve learned a lot about that from re:generation (OK there was another spontaneous plug for re:gen). I like the thought from Hebrews 12:1, in this regard, of laying aside every weight that encumbers our spiritual progress in the Lord and run what is left of my life with endurance. These are all things for me to think about and Lord willing, apply to my life.

One more strange event and thought for today. At the end of the staff meeting meeting this morning, one of our director’s secretaries brought a nicely wrapped package up to Dr. KP. I knew exactly was. I had a hint last night because I missed our Tuesday night prayer meeting, but I was streaming it from home. Last night, the first thing Dr. KP did when he got up to talk was to ask, “Where’s Bob?” My heart sank, as I was literally getting ready to go to bed out of exhaustion. He made a short announcement that I had been here for 20 years. So I wondered if they would try again after the staff meeting today. THEY DID!! So, Dr. KP got the package and called out my name to come up front. The funny thing about this whole thing was that my 20th anniversary was in March of this year. I emailed our HR department and asked them not to do anything in remembrance of that. My only reason for that was that I didn’t want to draw attention to myself. They graciously did that and my anniversary passed without any fanfare or recognition. So I don’t know where this event today came from. But I walked up front from the back row where I was sitting and received my photo book. Dr. KP said some nice things about me and overall it was very nice. But at the same time it was a bit difficult because the Lord has been working in me on the area of pride and being the not center of attention. I’m glad to say that I did not become prideful nor did I glory in the attention. But it was a nice thing they did, nonetheless.

So for now, I will go on contemplating. I was asked a question today by Pastor Brandon that I need to answer in a week or two that really has me thinking and contemplating. Maybe I can tell you about that later. We will need to see. So, thank you for reading my blog today. Hopefully, the next one will be more substantive. My hope for these blogs is that they will contain something for all of us to bring all of us closer to the Lord! Blessings!

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