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The Cross
2011/09/14, 21:25
Filed under: living

“The Bible gives a completely different picture of reality than the world. Identity comes from God, not from performance, not from behavior. Christianity is not a “climb to the top of the mountain and become a guru” religion. It is a living, active, in-this-moment reliance on an indwelling Person, who has come to live inside us by grace through the Cross.”
– Ron Block

Actually you know what, go read the whole blog post. It’s just too good. Too true.

http://www.rabbitroom.com/2011/09/commandmentsandnewidentity-partiv/



Simple Mantra
2011/09/04, 14:11
Filed under: living

This week is officially the beginning of a new year of K-Life. It’s truly hard to believe that this is my fourth year of full-time K-Life. And this is probably the most excited I’ve been. This is going to be a great year.

It’s funny how over time my mantra has changed, or perhaps I’ve developed one… From that first year when I was so excited, but learning what K-Life meant here instead of as a volunteer in Bolivar; to now, where I am slightly more seasoned.

That mantra, that I feel like I say way too often, is just so hard not to have on my heart. It’s not about having everything done perfectly, or trying to compete with the other distractions in kids lives, or even about always having the best conversation, it’s about being faithful. My job, not only as the K-Life guy, but as a human Christian dude, is to be faithful to what God has called me to, and to be faithful with what he’s given me. Be faithful. It’s my job to be faithful to what God has asked.

For me, what I think God has asked is simple, and a favorite verse. Matthew 22:34-40, Jesus is asked about the greatest command, and He simply states, Love God with everything you are, and love your neighbor as yourself, the whole Law depends upon these two. I love that. If I am surrendering to the heart change God wants to bring, then my whole life will be centered around that idea, of loving God and others.

That’s what I think God has called me to. My mantra is simple because I believe my purpose is simple. Be faithful to what God has called me, and that’s to Love Him, and love others.

I hope God helps me to daily surrender to a simple life of love and gives me hope that the next day, He will renew my ability to abide in Him.



Integrity
2011/06/26, 08:54
Filed under: living

This year reading through the Bible I’ve really enjoyed Psalms.  I’ve read them before, but never gleaned so much from them.  They are powerful worship.  And my favorites are always Psalms of David.  I feel like I know him;  like he’s an old friend, one whose heart you know well.  His words are reassuring.  That I too, don’t have it all figured out, that I’m fumbling in the darkness most of the time, but most importantly that God is a passionate God with a steadfast love.

This is one of my favorites of the last month or so –>

“I will walk with integrity of heart
within my house;
I will not set before my eyes
anything that is worthless.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cling to me.
A perverse heart shall be far from me;
I will know nothing of evil.”

:: Psalm 101:2-4

Lord I pray that my heart learns to echo that sentiment.

 



small
2011/06/24, 20:53
Filed under: living

The more I look around and watch the world the more I see something that makes me nervous. It seems like we all need fancier clothes, bigger SUV’s, larger more imposing homes, better titles, more money and power.

Culturally it seems like we’re obsessed with power. (I only know this from my desires within me, but surely others aren’t that far off…) It seems like we have this desire to impress in all ways. Almost a compulsion to have more power, or at least portray ourselves as more powerful that we are. At least I catch myself pretending to be more ‘at ease’ or comfortable than I am at times. I think it goes back deep into a heart issue, that I want to come across more ‘in control’, more powerful than I am.. It’s like I wanna make myself a bigger deal that I truly am.

Lord, I wanna be small. I don’t want to make more of myself. I wanna be humble and at peace with the simple things you have called me to. Maybe I’ll find out that those simple things are really their own big deal…



Dwell
2011/05/29, 22:20
Filed under: living

Yes. Please.

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Blogs
2011/05/13, 19:40
Filed under: living

Today. I blog.



Surrender
2011/03/28, 08:51
Filed under: living

I’m learning that I don’t have to try to surrender everything for the rest of my life right now… But that it is day by day, hour by hour that I must continually sit in the presence of the Father and let go, surrender everything I am. That’s how God works, he gives us the strength to surrender each day, and gives us the night to refresh us and bring us new strength to surrender and make our home in Him for another day.

Just thinking on that is overwhelming. And comforting.




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