Getting somewhere requires effort,
faith to push on,
it's easy to screw up,
Friday, July 23, 2010
The cost of real living- ďlets get real Ė Iím sick of wasting my life and time
Fri, July 23, 2010 | link
“lets get real – I’m
sick of wasting my life and time!”
was looking at a Facebook blog by a person who introduced themselves as “Amber”
This person says.
“ So many people nowadays think that
in order to be successful, they must promote themselves, exalt their acheivements, and diminish the work of others. God has
little or no part in their daily lives, but they apparently are "Christians" because they are "spiritual people."
Spirituality is not the same thing as having a personal relationship with the one, true God. Most people I have talked to
about their faith tell me that they are Christians, but they don't believe in certain parts of the Bible. When I simply question
what they believe, they get defensive and try to back up their beliefs with the relativism that our culture has impressed
upon them as the biggest excuse for man's depravity. Absolute truth is not relative-it's absolute! You cannot cut and paste
the Scriptures to be what you want them to be so that your own truths will line up with your life. It can be really discouraging
to see so many people wearing the badge as a follower of Jesus Christ, but misrepresent Him in so many ways to the world.
is targeting “Christians” who “talk” but don’t listen to God and “do”!
I agree with her opinions!
difficult to judge oneself, but a few years back I judged myself as too much talk and not enough do! That changed!
Now I believe to do more and then when I talk, those who have seen me do want to hear! I
like to be open and honest with others, help first and talk later. I believe that is the approach we should all try to take.
Okay, so your opinion my differ, but that’s
okay to! I like to hear different opinions, but I do try and understand them from a Godly perspective!
John 13:34-35 NIRV says "A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
But this must be tied
into what James 1:22 to gain traction. . .
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.
Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in
a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom,
and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does."
Until we understand
ourselves as compared with God we are short-sighted and miss the key point. Our actions and words must align! We need to know
what God considers as good behaviour and do what He suggests. This means doing things for others sacrificially, we should
not be comfortable with ourselves unless we are tracking in life in the way God wants.
Running in haphazard directions while in a 100m race would not be productive right?
So, why do we seem to think going through life in any direction except towards the ultimate goal of our lives is useful?
Real living means sacrifice of SELF so that
God can help us “help and love others”!
That’s where real life gets its vibrancy, traction and joy!
Depression tends to have us look at ourselves! Joy has us looking to others and their success. It is healthy to love
God and others! Even if they don’t respect it!
go do this today!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Lost hope? Meaningless and mundane life everywhere?
Thu, July 22, 2010 | link
Ecclesiastes 1 (NIV) says
says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless."
What does man gain from all his labor
at which he
toils under the sun?
come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises and the sun sets,
and hurries back to where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
and turns to
round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course.
All streams flow into the sea,
yet the sea
is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
there they return again.
All things are wearisome,
more than one can say.
The eye never
has enough of seeing,
nor the ear its fill of hearing.
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done
there is nothing new under the sun..
Wow! This is in the bible? It is depressing and impressive at the same time.
We need to know that this was written about 1000B.C. so that’s about 3000 years ago (roughly).
A long time back!
Notice how the words apply to
today as well as they did then! They are proof nothing has changed. They are also proof a very wise man wrote these.
in the middle it says “All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from, there they return again.”
We take this as common knowledge, but do you know this is a description of something science
calls the hydrological cycle! A guy called Marcus Vitruvius, is supposed to have first mentioned
it in 100B.C. and it took until Leonardo di Vinci around the 1500 A.D. for people to understand it.
But the bible was explaining it 1000 B.C. as you can see for yourself!
Why explain this?
Well I want you to know the guy who wrote this was a very very wise guy! He also
understood depression far better than anyone on earth. If you read Ecclesiastes you will see that!
He says “I
devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid
on men! I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”
writing a whole book to explain what he discovered he concludes it with his advice at the end that is as applicable today
as it was then…
Remember your Creator
in the days of your youth,
before the days
of trouble come
and the years approach when you will say,
"I find no pleasure in them"-
His final conclusion is
Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion
of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God will bring every
deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.
We often find we cannot get ourselves
from depression to joy!
People tell us to “cheer up”
but have no idea what they are asking!
The simple fact is
this, if we cannot cheer up, we need to simply know God is God, keep to his guidelines, and as time progresses and we immerse
ourselves in God’s greatness, the depression will become less heavy and tiresome. Knowing
and loving Jesus helps hugely!
Also please understand this. . . God
established doctors for a purpose!
If you have been depressed for a long time (say 6 months or more) please get some medical advice
as well! Sometimes there is a chemical imbalance that is damaging our life. These doctors are put there to help us. Sometimes
we need to fix the chemicals before we can address our will and decisions correctly. This is okay! God is okay with you doing
this! In this situation you need to go to a doctor and ask for some help!
Once they have established something to help, strive to follow God’s guidelines and your life is sure to improve.
Stay well and may God bless you!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
How long are our lives really?
Wed, July 21, 2010 | link
Proverbs 10:27 (NIV)
The fear of the LORD adds length to life,
but the years of the wicked are cut short.
Sounds like a general
truth doesn’t it? We know that bad behaviours and habits cut down on a person’s lifespan and that good ones add
In the grand scheme of the universe we are
not around for very long if we have to believe the scientists, since (at
the moment) they say the universe is 13.75 billion years and on average we live 67.2 years [2010 estimates]. The person who
lived the longest (confirmed by science) is 122years!
that into perspective. . .our longest living person lived 0.0000000000088727 of the time in the universe.
It is rather an incomprehensible number so let us try and look at it using these
average height of one level in a multiple level building is ten feet tall.
- A piece of
paper is about 0.0001 meters or 0.00394 inches thick!
Let us say the longest
life of 122years on this earth is the same as the thickness of a piece of paper, this would make the universe age equivalent
to a 44405737 story building using this analogy! i.e. a building about a third of the average distance from the Earth
to the moon!
It appears as if we don’t have much time to
live on earth when we compare ourselves to the known dimensions of time. So we have very little time to do much!
Don’t you think we should use that time wisely rather than waste
it doing nothing of value? Then, we need to know what we do is worthwhile
If God is who he says he is and
Jesus is God’s way of telling us in human terms what is of worth, shouldn’t we pay attention to his words?
We could get down on ourselves when we realize how insignificant we are. The bible
asks the question,
is a human being that you think about him?
What is the son of man that you take care of him?
You made him a little
lower than the angels.
You placed on him a crown of glory and honor.”
we are important! That means we are! Then God says we will live forever
after we die! That means that while our life on earth might be insignificant compared to the age of the universe, the age
of the universe is insignificant when compared to our eternal life.
is a long time.
Let’s not screw that up! Let’s pay attention
to what Jesus advised us.
It makes sense to do so doesn’t it?
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Crazy Christians! Who wants to love everyone anyhow?
Tue, July 20, 2010 | link
WHAT DOES OUR WORLD NEED
by Zsuzsy Bee
This article at http://hubpages.com/hub/WHAT-DOES-OUR-WORLD-NEED-THE-MOST_ says the following:“When I turn on the news channel it seems that our world is at the edge of self destruction.
Seriously what do you see on the world wide news report daily ?
One war monger over here or another one over there, trying to ram his opinion down everyone elses
throat.... Oh! I see you don't agree with me - bang your dead....A plane crash - No survivors...a bomb - Boom...382 dead ...
What do you see on the local news channel noon and night??? One lazy good for nothing crook over there or another useless
violent felon over here coveting an honest family mans hard-earned cash.”
She goes on to suggest the following solution. . .
“The recipe to accomplish all this is as follows:
1 cup of TOLERANCE to other peoples differences
1 cup of contagious JOY in all there is around us
2 cups of WELL BEING that comes from watching the happiness of our neighbors
1 cup of learning to GIVE and Give some more
1 1/2 cups of MORALITY
1 ounce of BLISS
1 generous pinch of INDULGANCE with other peoples idiosyncrasies
1 teaspoon of SELF-PRIDE and CONTENTMENT
Learn from yesteryear's MISTAKES, remove TROUBLE from today's doorstep, and replenish CONFIDENCE in tomorrow.
1 enormous cup of each LOVE, HOPE and PATIENCE
sprinkle to taste with contagious HUMOR, and
Gently mix with care, heat just enough
to make it cozy and consume daily, morning noon and night...
Last but not least, it's encouraged to vaccinate each and everyone off us against lethal attacks of the jealousy
disease (remember carriers of this ailment are the dissatisfied)”
I want to look at this critically and comment on it from a Christian perspective.
1 cup of TOLERANCE to other peoples differences
It says in
Exodus 23:9 NIRV "Do not beat an outsider down. You yourselves know how it feels to be outsiders. Remember, you were outsiders in Egypt.
1 cup of contagious JOY in all there is around
2 cups of WELL
BEING that comes from watching the happiness of our neighbors
Jesus says in John 15:10-12 (NIV)
If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my
Father's commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be
in you and that your joy may be complete. My command
is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
1cup of learning
to GIVE and Give some more
Paul a guy who knew Jesus’ heart says in Romans 12: 3-8 (NIV) Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself
with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many
members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member
belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him
use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging,
let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously;
if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
1 1/2 cups of MORALITY
1 ounce of BLISS
Monday, July 19, 2010
Why do Christians think it necessary to speak to those who donít know Jesus?
Mon, July 19, 2010 | link
Have you been bugged by overly enthusiastic Christians who pump religious words
at you and don’t help you at all? I have!
These smiling overly friendly people seem to creep out of holes in life to bug us with their stories of ancient dusty
truths that can be quite inapplicable to the actual context of the moment right?
I have a father-in-law that
hates this type of approach. He coined a word for it, he called it “mish-ing” and defines it as “spouting
forth a mush of missionary stuff”. This is the type of person who’s life is supposed to be Christ like,
but who cannot wait to tell some unfortunate soul some new truth or “scripture”, whether they want to hear it
It makes me think of the Mission trip to Mexico I went on last year. . . the weather was hot and we were walking around in the slums building new houses, painting the
moulting walls of peoples homes, fixing roofs, carrying water, and helping in any way we could. We also provided a time of
play and fun for the youngsters in the community. When people asked, we would explain that we were part of a Christian group,
but most of the time we just helped them!
This was the same area where people had been killed by drug wars a few
weeks earlier. We went in and painted a basketball court that was full
of gang tags, cleaning it up. Gang members watched and did nothing because they respected what we were doing for the families!
When we finally spoke a little about Jesus the people came to hear. They wanted to hear! They understood it was hard for us
to do what we had done. It took courage, energy we didn’t have and plenty of practical love.
We watched as another group in suits and ties drove around with loudspeakers on their cars spouting
their religion into the neighbourhood from the safety of the air conditioned interiors of their cars! They were “Mish-ing”, we were doing “missionary”
This world needs less people who “Mish”, and more who do missionary work don’t you
I pray I will be sensitive to people as I talk about Jesus. I want to meet their needs as much or
more than I want to have them accept spiritual help.
We need to care for whole people, not just for their spirits!
If you think differently just read Jesus’ sermon on the mount!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Why even do mission work in this world?
Sun, July 18, 2010 | link
Christians are radical in that we believe after death everyone whether Christian or not come into a heavenly courtroom to explain why we lived the way we did!
In the bible John 12:30-33 quotes
Jesus saying, "This voice was for your benefit, not mine. Now it is time for the world to be judged.
Now the prince of this world will be thrown out. But I am going to be lifted up from the earth. When I am, I will bring all
people to myself."
We believe Jesus came in human form
Philippians 2:5-7 (NIRV)You should think in the same way Christ Jesus does. In his very nature he was God. But he did not think that being equal with God was something he should hold on to. Instead, he made himself nothing. He took on the very nature of a servant. He was made in human form.
On a religious level Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth
has been given to me. So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure that I am always with
you, to the very end." Matthew 28:16-20 (NIRV)
This is important, but equally so is:Proverbs 29:7 The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked
have no such concern.
If we care for the poor, the unloved of the world, those who have a tough existence
where each day is spent fighting for survival, we would disadvantage ourselves to do something about it.
world, if we brought everyone up to the standard of living that is in the “1st world” countries, the
resources of our world would only last a few decades.
In other words those of us in “1st world” countries
need to get out into the world and do something to help those less fortunate than ourselves AND we need to simplify
So, if we cannot go on a mission trip, we can look into simplifying our life and resource
consumption. That way, we are doing an unseen mission! Loving those around us and following Jesus example! Then
our judgment will perhaps reflect something of worth!
That’s our challenge for today!
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