With all the tragic events happening in our world I began to think about what is important. Our declaration of Independence states:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
In my mind and heart if any of these rights or taken away then we no longer live in the nation our founding Fathers envisioned. The line that stands out to me as the most important is “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator”
Life is given to us by God so we should respect all lives. Though if some people believe that taking human lives is their lot in life and act on that belief then because of their actions they should lose their right to life.
Liberty is given to us by God in the form of a free will. We can do what we want. However if doing what we want takes away the life and liberty of others, then this liberty should be removed from those who committed such crimes. This does not mean that everyone’s liberty should be removed because of the actions of a few, but rather those who transgress lose their liberty.
True happiness does not come from things or people, it comes from God. If you are seeking true happiness from any other source you will never find it.
Therefore, as I see it, our Declaration of Independence states very beautifully that we all have the right to live with the free will that God gave us and pursue God to find eternal happiness.
Trust in our Creator, seek His face and enjoy your week. I will be back next week with more.
Sorry family obligations are keeping me busy this weekend and next. I will write again in two weeks.
When I think about the unlovely I think about Paul the apostle. To Christians of his day he would have been the most unlovely around. Imagine becoming friends with someone who killed anyone who had your faith. I can’t imagine thinking this would be a good idea.
Paul’s conversion shows us that the Lord can save anyone. It shows us that even the ugliest sins can be forgiven. As I look around at my world I see people with all kinds of problems that they are trying to deal with on their own. I see struggles with health, relationships and finances that cause fear, anger and confusion. And I think to myself: “What is the answer?”
John 8:31-32 (NIV)
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
The answer is the love of God and trusting in Him that he will guide us into all truth. Unwarranted fear usually comes from believing lies that seem to be true. Or it comes from fabricating situations that only exist in our minds. The truth that sets us free is knowing that Jesus, the Son of God came to this earth as a baby, lived a pure life of healing and teaching, suffered on the cross, died and was buried and on the third day showed proof of everlasting life by rising from the dead victoriously.
If we don’t share that truth with the unlovely and show them the unconditional love of the Father, how will they ever be saved from eternal damnation? If we who know the truth don’t step out of our comfort zone and share with those around us the love of God where will they see it?
To love the unlovely we must share the love of God with more than just words. We must time to listen to people and help them physically and emotionally. We must let them become a part of our lives so that our lives influence them without letting their ungodly behavior change us. Loving them is accepting them for who they are while they are on their way to becoming who God wants them to be.
Are you willing to be someone who loves the unlovely? I believe as Christians that is what our lives are all about. Take some time this week and show kindness to those who seem unlovely to you. Watch God begin to change them over time. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.
These two scriptures have comforted and challenged me this week.
Daily I seek to put forth wise decisions and understanding. Making difficult decisions day in and day out can wear you out. When I read this scripture I understood that God is guiding my daily decisions with His wisdom. He guides me. It doesn’t matter to Him if I am at work or play, He guides me. I felt a release when I realized once again that God guides my every step and decision. I still have the choice to follow the guidance or go my way, but I know He guides me in the right way. Sometimes I ignore His quiet prodding and end up making a mistake. But on those times when I hear and follow I am amazed at the results.
Stop and think. Has anything happened to you lately where you could not explain how you knew what you knew? Sometimes you just know what you need to be ready for. It happens to me at work. I will be in a short period of waiting for the phone to ring. I will reach over and start reading some of the material for my job and as soon as I get on the phone I realize that it was exactly what I needed for the call. I thank God for guidance. He always gives it, even when we don’t specifically ask.
Looking back over the years of my life I see how God has directed my steps. I can see times when I resisted his gentle prodding and times when I quickly followed. I wish that I would follow each direction quickly and without resistance, but that does not happen. Sometimes I am so wrapped up in what I am doing to realize that this life is not just about me. This life is about spreading God’s love to a suffering world. This life is about spreading good news to those who are hurting. It is about helping those who are lost in situations and circumstances that they don’t understand and from which they cannot escape. Life is bigger than me and I need to keep that understanding in my mind so that I can act appropriately.
Maybe having true wisdom can be defined as knowing that life is not just about me. For if I truly believe that God directs my steps then I will acknowledge that my life is not my own but was given to me by One greater than me. I will have to acknowledge that I must always be aware of His presence in my life. This is the struggle of living a Christian life.
Join me in thinking on that and I will be back next week with more.
Here is the solution to last weeks word search. I hope you enjoyed it.