Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Half Time

I just finished reading the book "Half Time" by Bob Buford. The book was actually given to Ricky by a good friend, but I picked it up one day and could not stop reading it. It's basically about changing your game plan from success to significance, and many things have made me stop and think. One particular section of the book I would like to share here with my readers.

Bob is reflecting on a very difficult time in his life when he was forced to lean on God for comfort. He mentions a simple Quaker prayer about giving and receiving. Because the Quakers use their hands as a type of religious symbol, the first part of the prayer is done with your palms up, visualizing yourself receiving all that you need from God. The second part is prayed with your palms down, visualizing all your cares and concerns being left in the lap of a benevolent and loving God.

"God, you have given my life into my hands. I give it back to you. My time, my property, my life itself...knowing it is only an instant compared to my life with you in eternity."
With palms down..."Father, to you I release the cares and concerns of this world, knowing you loved me enough to give your only Son in my behalf. I'm a sinner in need of a Savior and, once again, I accept what you have for me as sufficient. In Jesus' name. Amen."

Then, this morning as I was doing my quiet time, my devotion was centered around Ephesians 3:20-21 which says, "Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."

If you have a chance to read "Half Time," you will not be disappointed!

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