I remember topping the rise–the one where you come to the crest of the proverbial hill of your life and find yourself looking down the slope toward the rest of it.
To venture forth into a dangerous world filled with those who do not know God and in some cases despise Him, is a daunting undertaking. But, if we keep our hearts and minds focused on the Lord, allowing Him to fill us with His Spirit, we can walk among the wolves without fear.
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16
These days, people are fond of labeling their adversaries as sheep, inferring—among other things, but in most part—that they are following their political favorite out of blind loyalty. In many instances, people follow a candidate or elected representative without truly knowing who they are, or what they intend to do with the power vested to them. And, more importantly, people put their hope and trust in government or government hopefuls, giving no thought to the moral and godly character the person does or does not have.
In general, we are bombarded daily with ungodly messages, and everything we see going on around us attempts to tell us God is no longer relevant Even our government and those who strive to become a part of it smile and promise they will take care of us, while, at the same time, they allow God and anything that recognizes Him to be removed and/or banned from public buildings, schools, and so on. They use excuses such as fairness and diversity to defend their actions, while the truth is they do these things for votes so they can remain in office, or gain office, and hold on to or garner for themselves power and monetary gain.
In the Bible, when God’s people were going into battle, many times they sent the worshipers out in front of the warriors. When we choose to be thankful in the midst of our battles, we’re making a way for Him to lead us to victory! We should not fear what is going on around us, nor should we feel harassed and helpless. We should keep our eyes, minds and hearts on Jesus, and do the best we can to show others God is alive, God is still in charge, and ultimately, God’s goodness and love will overcome the evil running rampant on this earth.
Go ahead, make my day and call me a sheep. I will readily admit to being one. But, know this; I follow no man—certainly no politician. My shepherd is Jesus Christ, and I will follow Him anywhere.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:36-38
The timer beneath the corner table just turned off the light.
It rained all through the night, and even though the blinds are up and the window open to let in the fresh cool air, the heavy clouds hanging low above the city make the keyboard hard for my old eyes to see. And yet, I am compelled by… well… actually, I don’t know why I brought up this blank page and began to speak onto it. My mind—as old (it seems older) as my eyes—keeps wondering why I’m doing it. It’s not like I have anything important to share.
It seems this is how I reflect on things, and I often stop as quickly as I start, realizing I have nothing to say—to me, or anyone else. But once in a while—a great while—something comes out of the thoughts that flit about and then hide. And so I let my mind and fingers ramble, wondering as I do if something of substance and meaning might dart from the recesses and grab someone by the soul?
I keep thinking about the timer… and the light.
The world we live in has become a very selfish place, and seems to be getting worse rapidly. Unfortunately, there will always be givers and there will always be takers. But, it seems to me the core of the problem is that we try to make everything about material things, when what we should most be sharing and generous with is love and kindness. God loves us unconditionally and wants us to share His blessings of love, joy, and peace with our fellow man. Love others as you would have them love you. It’s that simple.
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12
There were times I literally lived in fear of my dad. At the time, it wasn’t fun, and it darn sure wasn’t funny, but now, looking back, some of the things that took place were a bit humorous in a terrifying sort of way. This is one of them: Read the rest of this entry »