The Mirror

Walking down the hall in this big restaurant, I saw people sitting to my right. My mind told me it was a doorway into another part of the dining area. However, a full-length mirror on the wall deceived me.  The next step brought me to a sudden stop with my face planted on the reflection of myself. Because I wasn’t injured, and am not prone to sue, I quickly looked around to see if there were any witnesses.

Why am I sharing this? Life can deceive you. Case in point:

Jude 10-11

But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. 11 Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. 

These three individuals misjudged God and suffered eternal consequences. Don’t make the same mistake. Give it some consideration.

Gary

Living On Love

Alan Jackson is one of the great singers of our time. However, when he sings “Living on Love,” the line is not true. It takes a lot more than human love to get thru this thing called life. It takes the kind of love that only comes from heaven.

Romans 5:8 

But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 

1 John 4:16 

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

The love of others is wonderful but will never get you where you need to be.

Give it some thought.

Gary

Honeymooners

Starting in 1955, a sitcom called The Honeymooners aired on TV. Ralph would say to his wife Alice, “One of these days, Alice, bam, right in the kisser.”

She would reply, “Go ahead, Ralph. I dare ya.”

He never hit her, but they both had a severe case of “bad attitude.” I pray you are not afflicted by that malady, but if you are, here is the cure.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Give it some thought, and if you can’t be like Jesus, at least try and be like Ed Norton.

Gary

God Has Not Promised

God hath not promised skies always blue

Flower strewn pathways, all our lives through;

God hath not promised sun without rain,

Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

 

But God hath promised strength for the day,

Rest for the labor, light for the way,

Grace for the trials, help from above,

Unfailing kindness, undying love.

 …. Annie Johnson Flint

Case in point is the life of Joseph in Genesis.

Psalm 105:16-19

When He summoned a famine on the land
and broke all supply of bread,
he had sent a man ahead of them,
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
His feet were hurt with fetters;
his neck was put in a collar of iron;
until what he had said came to pass,
the word of the Lord tested him.

Note it was the Word of God that made it possible. Give it some consideration.

Gary

Careful

Johnny Cash could sure sing it. It was not a gospel hymn, but the principle is sure Scriptural.

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you’re mine, I walk the line

Did you know the Bible mentions such a philosophy of life? It sure does, and here’s the concept for every serving Christian.

1 Corinthians 9:25-27 

Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Keep that body in check and don’t be sidelined.

Give it some thought.

Gary

Calling

It was not until Uncle Sam drafted him during the Korean War that he left Maine for the first time. While with the 3rd Armored Division, Company B, 86th Heavy Tank Bn., he operated a tank before even knowing how to drive a car.

It always amazes me how the men and women from the greatest generation left their secluded country homes and served when their country called. However, there was an even greater generation that rose up to serve their Savior when the Great Commission called.

Mark 16:15

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

Acts 17:6

But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.

Volunteer to turn the world upside down, for God is calling you.

Give it some consideration.

Gary

Buckeroo

This ain’t my first rodeo is a colloquial expression used to imply that someone has a ton of experience in a particular situation or activity. It indicates that the speaker is not a novice and has been through similar scenarios before.

This doesn’t necessarily help with life on this planet. Life can be like a bucking bronco and you won’t be released until life is done with you. However, if you hang on tightly to the reins and offer a sincere prayer to God, He’ll give you comfort and assurance till the rodeo is over.

1 John 5:13 

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.

2 Timothy 1:12 

Which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.

 Come on, you old buckeroo. God has a plan for you. Give it some thought and hold on.

Gary