Everyday each one of us whether close to our families or not opens a new page in the book called “Family”. There might even be times when we would rather not turn a page in that book, but it is inevitable.
I think the important thing to remember in any family relationship that includes God or not, it is that we all do care. Again, there might be times when we think we don’t or wish not to, it doesn’t matter. That feeling of love still creeps in with a rush of memories and we quickly find ourselves in that book again.
If there is anything that we have learned from God it is that He has been and always will be there for us, even when we think He has not or is not. Families do the same thing. Many of us have said or done nothing as we watch a family member make terrible choices, but we are still there. Then there are times when we do say something and make it known that they are making a mistake.
The book called “Family” in my home says this; “If I say something to help or correct and it offends you; be happy. If I didn’t say anything I wouldn’t be showing you that I care. If I say something and it makes you happy, simply be happy, because that is all that I want for you.”
The book called “Family” is there for each one of us to open, but it is up to each of us to fill the pages. So take some time today to tell your family that you love them; we all need to hear that and I would love to see what the pages in your book called “Family” looks like. The cover might look pretty cool too!
So remember that Christmas should not be the only time we give presents as long as they come with no strings attached; only a bow of love.
As we move through the stream we may find things that get in our way. Sometimes it might be a rock or it might be a log. When we encounter these things how do we approach them?
For a fish this actually presents an opportunity rather than an obstacle. It can be a place to help maneuver from one side of the stream to the other or it can be a place to hide and ambush its next meal. Either way it is perceived as a positive rather than a negative.
When God places these “rocks and logs” in our stream how do we perceive them? I would like to offer that they are something God uses to either get our attention or to simply show us that there are positives where it might seem only the negative exists.
I would challenge ourselves to search through the “Word” to find examples of where God placed something in front of someone and they were able to recognize what God was trying to say or get them to do. The outcome of God’s plan might not be what we think it is, but it is important to at least acknowledge its existence. Some prayer might be needed to help you during this quest and remember that God may not always reveal all the details of His plan; only what you need to follow through with your part.
Are there places in your life that allow you a break from the strong current of life? We should all find time to take breaks from the current as it may not always be a trip downstream we are swimming.
As a Christian do you find yourself wanting to scream out your joy of just knowing Jesus Christ, or do you stifle the shout with inner prayers towards God asking for forgiveness because you are not shouting it from the mountain tops? I have and that is the point I am trying to make.
We all struggle with the command to spread the Gospel, but I wonder sometimes what the cost each person considers before choosing not to do so. I know for me it is a pain that I have to deal with, let alone a sin.
I have recently discovered Apologetics; yes I live under a rock. It is something that I like, but am still learning; especially all the new words – wow!
I would love to hear anyone else’s take on our struggles as Christians in a secular world and believe me I am there with you.