Each day we roll out of bed and make our way (half awake) through the house to start our day. First it is to the coffee pot or in my case downstairs to let the dogs out of their kennels so that they can start their day. I must admit seeing their wagging tails does perk me up a bit. As far as this scenario plays out I think you know the rest, because eventually I get into my vehicle and head to work.
As that day begins each decision we make no matter how small builds upon the path we are on. For those who believe in God we believe that no matter our thoughts, it is He who guides our feet. Now this does not mean we walk around like zombies waiting for the next message to come down from God and then act upon it. This merely means that for us there are little clues or even large ones that help guide our feet; the rest is up to us to make the right decisions.
When I look at the things I decide to do, each one is a pebble to be placed in front of me that will create the road I walk on. Some pebbles are bigger or smaller, but each one nonetheless causes the road to be built.
For some people the decisions they make will be some of the hardest of their lives and it might seem like that pebble they have to place down in front of them weighs a ton. Regardless of its weight it must be put down; we are the builders of our road and at times we will have to ask for assistance.
If you find that the pebbles to be placed on your road are too heavy, know that God sent down a stone that is the bedrock your road is being created on. Jesus Christ is that foundation and with Him all things are possible. Knowing this we must also see those times when we are too weak and must ask for help; it is okay. This is exactly what God expects from us because He has already directed someone to be on your path to be that blessing. Allow them to be the instrument God has intended them to be by receiving the blessing God has intended for you through them.
So think for a moment about all the pebbles you have laid down to build the road you are on today. Is it wide enough? Is it smooth enough? Does it have a lot of curves or is it simply straight? Is it built on flat land or in the mountains? Whatever the attributes of your road; no one road is perfect. Each are unique to the builder which makes them all the more interesting, thereby making the travel on them a wonderful adventure with God.
Don’t worry about the width of the road too much because God will always make sure that there is enough room for someone to walk on beside you and behind you.
Finding Facebook very interesting lately even though we all know most of the political or religious topics are really shared to pour gas on a fire so I will make this brief.
If you are preaching or attempting to preach Christianity to someone, be sure you have done your homework first. This is not in response to anyone in particular, but lately with the new federal law legalizing gay marriage all of a sudden all the preachers of love have come out of the closet and some of the comments I have read make me seriously doubt that they even own a bible or even read one in the last ten years.
First of all understand that the love Jesus Christ is talking about has nothing to do with wallowing in our sin and making others do the same with an absurd notion of what God wants for the world. We are here for one thing and that is to serve God and to do everything to His glory.
God is selfish as He tells us in the bible so I am a bit perplexed by the idea that we somehow forgot that. His word is given for us to follow, not make it up as we go along.
With this being said I am no way condoning mistreating someone based upon the struggles they have with sin. Sin is sin whether it is homosexuality, stealing, murder, lying, etc… We all have sin we deal with and none of us are better than any other as we are all born into it; only through Jesus Christ can we shed that sin and have hope for an eternal life.
I personally may not agree with homosexuality based on my beliefs, but I will not treat that person any differently than I do anyone else; unless you give me reason to give an apologia for my faith and then I will stay on my side and you can stay on yours with no ill will. The love I would offer would be through Jesus Christ and His saving Grace, not of my own as I have nothing without Jesus Christ.
For those who are lost, have your eyes opened and from that light you see the open arms of Jesus Christ waiting for your return. Repent and claim Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. The message has not changed for 2000 years and it is with good reason that it has not; God has not changed – we have.
Praise and serve God with all your heart and all your mind; in this you will find your burdens removed.
Each day we go about our business of going to work, taking care of the family, spending time with friends and just doing what needs to be done. For some this might not be the case and their pursuits might be considered wrong or wasteful. So with that being said I would offer that all the examples listed may not be using gifts they didn’t even know they had.
In the book of Ephesians starting in Chapter 4 Paul addresses the topic of “Gifts”. Starting with those of us who identify ourselves as Christian we are actually given guidance and directives towards our time here on earth as being used to seek out, grow and maintain our given gifts all for the glory of God. The path is through prayer, discernment and pursuits equal to that of one that is mature. We are instructed to put away childish games and to start acting out God’s will in accordance with the commission left by Jesus Christ.
Christians are also instructed to no longer pursue the things of the past life in sin that were once the focal point in our lives. Basically Paul almost goes backward in his approach to explaining the role of gifts in our lives, but it does make sense. His audience is more than likely Christian or new believers in Christ and his instructions are basically designed to give them hope for the idea of having gifts, but he is also clear that not everyone will have the same gifts and that we should accept the one we do get and make the most of it.
So if we take the time to read Ephesians I think each of us no matter where we are in life we can probably find within our daily grind that we have gifts that we might even wish that we could use more or have never used at all. Whatever the situation the object is to use them for the sole purpose of glorifying God. Considering what He did for us it seems to this blogger that what we can offer is but a small price to pay.
Remember this; if someone smiles at you, offers you a “Good Morning” or just a helping hand they might be working on their gift.