<![CDATA[Merillat Home Page - Merillat's Musings]]>Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:43 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Please and Thank-You]]>Sat, 28 Jul 2012 00:18:38 GMThttp://merillat.weebly.com/merillats-musings/please-and-thank-you
At school this year we are emphasizing respect. We are asking students to use "Yes, Sir" and "Yes, Ma'am" and well as please and thank-you.  These are expressions that open doors and pave the way to good relationships. They recognize our respect for others and dependence on someone for a desired action and our appreciation of someone who has performed in a way that has benefited or pleased us. They both will enrich the speaker and the hearer.

Being respectful and grateful are important qualities for blessing the lives of others. If we are not respectful and grateful we are not in a condition to bring grace to others and if we are it flows almost automatically. We learn the importance of gratefulness early in life. I remember my first learning experience with regard to saying please and thank-you. We were dinner guests at my aunt's home. I called out, "Pass the potatoes" which someone promptly did. Then came the lesson. My Mom demanded, "What happened to please and thank-you?" to which I replied, "Oh, this is family, I don't need to say that here." I won't go into the embarrassment that resulted from the lecture I received.

In a society that has become less and less mannerly we all need to express respectfulness and gratefulness. It becomes easier if we learn to recognize the benefits that God and others have provided and then look for ways to express genuine appreciation. Saying please and thank-you is just the beginning. They are usually connected with seeking and receiving some desired action. We also need to be grateful for life and friendships even when we don't receive anything in particular. That gratefulness will change us within and refresh those around us.
<![CDATA[What Will the New Year Hold?]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2012 23:12:20 GMThttp://merillat.weebly.com/merillats-musings/what-will-the-new-year-hold_Most people think of a new year as a fresh opportunity to get a better job, make more money, or improve personal relationships within the family or workplace. Sometimes the focus is on personal development, weight loss, or attitude changes. All of these have one thing in common. They focus on self.

Jesus challenged his disciples and us to have a different focus. In John 4:31-35 the disciples displayed the same inward focus that is common in man today. They spoke among themselves asking, "hath any man brought him anything to eat?" Jesus was speaking of spiritual nourishment and they were thinking of physical food. We are reminded of Jesus instruction in Matthew 6:25, "Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than food and the body than raiment?" These are the things we tend to think about rather than the spiritual dimension.

Jesus helped his disciples to get the new focus as he painted the picture of the fields being white unto harvest and called for laborers to go in and reap that harvest. Further, He challenged them with this thought: "My food is to do the will of him that sent me.." God has a purpose for each of us today and in the year ahead. It is not to gather material things or gain personally. It is to adopt his vision of folks all around us being drawn into his kingdom. The new year may include successes and failures, but they will all pale in comparison to the work God has for each of us to do. What new ministry for the Lord will your new year hold? Ask him and He will show you.