Today has been an interesting day, with a couple of quirks and decisions that turned out for the better…
Over lunch we had our City Bible Study at Australia Square. In attendance this week we almost had a full complement with Sam, Josh, Gordon and myself. We went to get some food and I opted for a sandwich, I was keen for my usual; a number 5 on white with fillings of chicken, tomato, avocado and tasty cheese. As I approached the counter and blurted out my order, somehow the number 8 slipped out…. I ended up with pesto, salami, roasted veggies, rocket and feta on white….. It turned out to be a very tasty slip of the tongue….
I had the pleasure of leading our group through Psalm 4 which says:
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.
1 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have given me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
2 O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah
3 But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.
4 Be angry, and do not sin;
l ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah
5 Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the Lord.
6 There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?
Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!”
7 You have put more joy in my heart
than they have when their grain and wine abound.
8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
The quirky thing that happened today involved a personal joke that was a little offensive in the office…. Our temp Megan is finishing up due to our restructure and holidays finishing up…. There’s been some hard times having her here and some fun times. Someone complained about my message on her going away card being offensive, but it was a personal joke… The head of our department pulled me aside and asked if I was being offensive or if it was a joke, and I explained it, but boy was it a bit awkward….
It reminded me how we do need to be above reproach as Christians as Paul says in Colossians:
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.