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Be Thou My Vision

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Be Thou My Vision 

Maybe it’s my recent need for comforting, familiar things that has led me down the rabbit hole of old hymns and traditional worship.  

One song in particular has been on repeat: Be Thou My Vision.  This hymn traveled across the sea from Ireland and blares a bagpipe, drums, and fiddles that send chills up my spine every time I listen to it.  And since it’s been on my mind (and in my ears recently), I took the chance to really hear what it’s saying.  

Have you ever listened to the words? If you haven’t, here they are: 

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart

Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art

Thou my best Thought, by day or by night

Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word

I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord

Thou my great Father, I Thy true son

Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise

Thou mine Inheritance, now and always

Thou and Thou only, first in my heart

High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art

High King of Heaven, my victory won

May I reach Heaven's joys, O bright Heav'n's Sun

Heart of my own heart, whate'er befall

Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all

The line that sticks out to me is “thou my best thought, by day or by night.”  Over the past few weeks and months, I know I haven’t been the only person who’s had ideas or thoughts that we consider to be our “best thinking.” 

If that’s not clear enough, what I mean is that election season usually brings out our “intellectual” sides, causing us to think very deeply about our beliefs, and thus our preferred candidate.  But as I listened to Be Thou My Vision, I was deeply convicted by that line.  

My best thought is not my political ideology or having a bullet-proof argument to shut down opposing thoughts.  My best thought is Jesus.  And I’ll be the first to admit that Jesus isn’t always first in my heart or mind.  And I often let my vision get clouded by the issue du jour.  

But what if we strived to make Jesus our first thought, our best thought and our ever-present vision? I think the world would be a better place if our focus was God.  

I challenge you to make Christ your highest and best thought. Recognize Him as that and everything else falls into place.  

P.S. Listen to the song here and let me know your thoughts.  

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If you found this article helpful, check out our other blogs and make sure to tune in to Sunday services at 8, 9:30, and 11 am.  

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Witnessing in the Workplace

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As the majority of Americans reassemble in their respective offices after months of lax schedules, working from home, and creating spreadsheets in our pajamas, we’re now reentering our mission fields.  

It can be easy to check religion at the door, especially if you work for a strictly secular company or organization.  Many places of work don’t support or even allow overt religious practices (e.g. no prayer in school).  

So if you can’t hang a cross on your classroom wall or pray to open every meeting, how can you witness in the workplace? 

A clear way to demonstrate your faith is simply by working hard, being excellent, and having greater passion for your vocation, even if it’s not your dream job. 

The bible says in Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…”  From taking coffee orders to preparing reports to giving a presentation, commit to be excellent at your work.  “In all toil, there is profit...” Proverbs 14:23 

God has always had a purpose for work even in the garden… “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it,” Genesis 2:15. So if Adam and Eve had to work, we must as well.  

Your coworkers who may not know Christ often find the actions and demeanor of believers to be the curious, unique quality that piques their interest.  You can easily inspire others by dedicating yourself to a strong work ethic.   

It can be easy to think that the work you do may not further the kingdom unless you’re on the front lines at your church, building wells in Africa, or enhancing children’s lives in a third world country.  But it’s imperative to understand that right here in America, we have a great deficit of our own: the poverty of lost souls.  

And we work next to many of those people five days out of the week. 

As Christians, our great commission is people and extending grace and patience, congeniality, and joy in your workplace can be an open door to others to see the love of God.   

So as you rejoin your coworkers in your offices, consider the great influence you can have with the person sitting to your right or left, even your customers.  

And remember, sharing the gospel has never been easier.  Even as we reenter the workplace, so much of our lives still remain online, including our professional network. Now, with Rock Springs Church providing an online worship experience, you can invite your friends and colleagues with the click of a button.  

Since March, over 500 individuals have given their lives to Christ because of our online streaming services.  You never know who in your circle might catch a live stream, rewatch a past sermon, or even come to church because of your willingness to share the good news. 

You can watch and invite your friends, family, and coworkers every Sunday at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram or on the Rock Springs Church website.  


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