Saturday, October 30, 2010

Unplugged (from Douglas Poole)

Dear Cypress Family and Friends,

I’ve been “unplugged” this week. Unplugged from most all of the duties, expectations and responsibilities of the urgent so I could give attention to some very important matters like study, planning and listening for the whispers of heaven in some silence and solitude.

One of my readings this week has been the book: ‘Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light’ by Brian Kolodiejchuk. It is a compilation of the private writings of Mother Teresa and it gives an intimate look into her walk with God and her personal life-long struggle with the dark night of the soul. I’ve always admired both her deep love for God and her deep love for people. I read her writings in hope of deepening my love for God and others. She wrote these words in the book: “I want to love Him (Jesus) like He has never been loved before.” Now that is something to reflect on isn’t it...better yet to live. If you want a few more of the nuggets I have been ruminating on from the book read on:

. “Jesus wants me to tell you much is the love He has for you--beyond all what you can imagine...Not only He loves you, even more--He longs for you. He thirsts for you. He loves you always, even when you don’t feel worthy...”

. “Don’t look for big things, just do small things with great love...the smaller the thing, the greater must be our love.”

. “Act without delay, once you are certain it is God’s will.”

. “I made a vow to give Him anything that He may ask, ‘Not to refuse Him anything’.”

. “Refuse God nothing and in turn trust that God will not refuse anything to you.”

. “Drink the chalice to the last drop.”

. “Satiate the thirst of Christ on the cross for love and souls.”

. “Bring souls to God and God to souls.”

. “You did not die for souls, that is why you do not care what happens to them.”

. “Jesus, my own Jesus—I am only Thine—I am so stupid—I do not know what to say—but do with me whatever You wish—as You wish—as long as You wish. I love you not for what You give but for what You take Jesus...”

. “God will fill what He has emptied.”

.  “Take whatever He gives and give whatever He takes with a big smile.”
.  “Give Jesus a free hand and let Him use you without consulting you.”

Let me close by asking you to take even a few minutes either now or this weekend to “unplug” from the computer, smart phone, the urgent....and just reflect for a few moments on one or more of these thoughts...listen for the voice of heaven...then like Mother Teresa—obey without delay. Deal? Deal!

See you this Saturday night or Sunday morning 10-10 as we launch the ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ series...I think I heard from heaven on this series.