If I am surrounded by independents — pre-believers or believers, their independence subtly undermines my Jesus-dependence, and I begin to see independence as normal, natural. News, movies, books, periodicals, all whisper, “Independence is normal: humans are supposed to be in charge of their own lives.” Then prayer becomes an after-thought for me, something I do when nothing else works. And my prayer is likely to be, “Jesus bless my agenda.” Because I know what’s best for me and those I love, and my job is to get Jesus to see the need, and act: do my bidding.
And when I function as an independent, I have what independents have: human power. Jesus makes little difference in my daily life: I’m just as stressed, hurried, intense, as the pre-believers around me. They are not wowed by the Jesus in me, because there is so little of Him in me.
–ShepherdDave, needing prayer for fresh conviction of the sin of independence, so others are wowed by the difference ShepherdJesus makes in the life of DumbSheepDave (please pray now)
Financial update on GospelFriendships:
Each year about this time I update folks on the financial health of GospelFriendships. We’ve been running a $5k deficit and I’m guessing we’ll end up that way by year end. I took a pay cut last year, and will need to take another, if we end up short. Some have surprised me in the past with additional year-end gifts, and some have made first-time gifts, and some have begun sending monthly support, and some have increased their monthly support, and many are simply unable to help. I never know what to expect, but Jesus has always provided wonderfully for Janet and me, and I have no good reason to doubt Him this year. I sensed He wanted me to let folks know.