A close family member recently sent me to revisit my book Disciple is a Verb. It was an interesting journey into my early writing efforts, which led me to begin rereading the early posts on McBurnett’s Musings. Being a recovering linear-thinking accountant, I started with the very first post. As I reread it, I found it remains relevant.
Today’s Musing marks the 300th post on McBurnett’s Musings and I deem it an appropriate time to travel back to our starting point together. Without further ado, I reprint Point of Entry, the very first McBurnett’s Musing to hit the blogosphere. I can’t express to you how uplifting it is for me to be on this journey alongside you.
I am a believer in God. I am a student of God. I am a friend of God.
I am a believer in Christ. I am a student of Christ. I am disciple of Christ. I am a friend of Christ.
I believe that God our Creator created each of us uniquely, and for a unique purpose. I believe that each of us has a unique role to fulfill in our life on earth.
In my pursuit of an understanding of God and a personal relationship with God, I read constantly. I seek out great (and sometimes not so great) preaching. I take advantage of the opportunities God presents me to hear the stories of people He places in my path. And these efforts bear fruit.
This fruit is manifested in two ways – Sunday School lessons I develop and deliver, and simple written musings. They are not really essays, or treatises or epistles. I have settled on calling them musings. Yes, that’s it – musings.
Over time, I have shared some of them with friends and family and recently, a few of those friends have encouraged me to share them more broadly. Actually, they have accused me of hiding my lamp under a bushel (see Matthew 5:15). So, I will share them with you through this blog, whoever you are, wherever you are, wherever you are in your personal walk with God. I promise to share with you things I’ve read and heard. I will expose you to authors that inspire me, and occasionally I might share one that offends me (yes that happens from time to time, too). Let’s start our journey together.
I believe in God. I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe in the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost.
I believe in prayer. I don’t know how it works; I just know it works. I know it is essential in cultivating a vibrant relationship with God.
One of the authors who inspires me is Anne Lamott. I will tell you up front my first exposure to her work was Traveling Mercies, and I can assure you Anne is not for the timid. She comes at you raw and full force. My hair stood on end at times. She has not lived the sheltered life in the shadow of the church, be certain of that!
In one of her books (not sure which it is) she shares about her friend who leans on two simple prayers – “Help me, help me, help me” and “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” As I read those prayers, I realized that the vast majority of my prayers fall in those two categories.
Anne must have thought so too because a few years later in 2013, she published a slim volume entitled Help, Thanks, Wow. The title adds a third prayer for those times when God reveals His majesty and there is no response beyond Wow! (In the text she offers a fourth – “Please help me not be such an asshole,” which I should employ more often than I do. I warned you she was direct.)
I employ all four of those prayers as foundational blocks in my prayer life. Somewhere along the way, God gave me another prayer – it may not be all that original – but He gave it to me and I share it with you here.
Lord Jesus, come dwell in the midst of me today.
Short, sweet, to the point, yet packed with meaning.
Lord – in acknowledgement that He is indeed Lord of my life.
Jesus – singles out just who it is that I claim as Lord.
Come – in recognition that He stands at the door (knocking), but will only enter if and when I issue the invitation – it’s up to me.
Dwell – dwell, live, abide, set up shop, move in and bring your stuff. Not just passing through, not here for a visit, not a guest.
In the midst – not behind pushing, not in front leading, not alongside encouraging. In my midst, infusing my very being.
Me – this is about how I will live and think and act, without regard for how others treat me.
Today – in acknowledgement that this is a daily commitment, sufficient for the day. (Scripturally, see manna as a daily provision and as in “give is this day our daily bread.”)
Help me, Thank you, Come dwell with me today,