When we were young much of what happened to us was closely monitored by our parents. There was an inherent feeling of comfort with Mom & Dad nearby. When we fell and skinned a knee or some other life shattering event happened, we could run to our parents and they would make it “all better”. As we grew older and started venturing out on our own who was always there to rescue us or prevent us from making huge mistakes? . . . Our parents.
Whether you know or accept this to be true, God is watching over everything that goes on in your life. Think about a time when you were about to, or actually did something stupid and/or wrong and for whatever reason you emerged unscathed. There are way too many of those in my past! However, I can look back on those moments now and know that even though I wasn’t looking out for my self or my friends God was watching over us just as he did with you. This happened because God has a plan for YOUR life.
Now just as your parents did, God might have a little repercussion planned for you, if you blatantly ignore him and live for yourself and your needs.
When you put your life in God’s hands and trust in him implicitly, then you are freed to live life to fullest. When you veer off the “right path”, God will be there to catch you when you fall, just as your parents did when you were a child. PSA 121:7-8 – The Lord will keep you from all harm– he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore
Memorial Day, Like most things in life we tend to take this day for granted. It’s a day where we get together with friends and “kick-off” the summer by firing up the grill. I sat behind a young couple in church this morning. As is customary in our church, the pastor recognized any serving military personnel along with their families and last, but not least, the families that have lost loved ones while serving in the armed forces. The young man and his wife were obviously very affected by the latter recognition. I’d like to think I’m about as patriotic as the next guy, but when I saw this unfold in front of me, it really sank into what this day means to those who have lost a parent, spouse or sibling. Then I thought that this person that they were mourning also fought for me. Every person killed in action since the Revolutionary War died for you and me. They died to give me the right to sit here and write this. They died for you to have the right to read this and hit delete if you don’t like it. An American Soldier dies almost every day and we just go about our business taking the freedom that
he or she was fighting for, for granted. It’s almost shameful that we only honor them once a year.
So what can we do to honor them 24/7/365? Paul wrote in Galations 5:13 – You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. It is only fitting that we honor our fallen heroes by using the liberty, first granted to us by God himself, to serve others. If we would all give just one hour a week to serve I’m confident our world would dramatically change. So did you put out your Flag today? Great start . . . . now find a cause you can wrap your heart around and truly honor those who have given everything for YOU . . . . by serving! John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
Mother’s Day . . . . domestically speaking, there is no other day in our society that is more revered, and deservedly so. From the minute we are brought into this world our Mothers provide for us in so many ways. When asked who do you trust more than anyone else? most people answer, “my Mother”. This is no surprise, as most of us have a deep personal relationship with our Mothers.
Believe it or not, Jesus knows who you are and wants to have the same kind of relationship with you, that you have experienced with your Mother. In the same way that your Mother has been there for you, Jesus can be there too. He can provide, comfort in times of despair; . . . . assurance, when there seems to be no reason for any; . . . . sound advice, if you’ll only ask; . . . . and greater joy than you have ever experienced. Other than baking cookies, he can be all that your Mother is, and so much more.
It’s only natural that we trust our Mothers, for they brought us into this world. So why is it that we can’t trust Jesus? It’s hard to trust someone that you don’t know, isn’t it? The good news is that he his waiting for you right now and a relationship with Jesus will do wonders for every aspect of your life. Your Mother has undoubtedly come to your rescue one or twice, but I urge you to take some time to get to know the only one that can truly SAVE you, Jesus Christ.
PSA 9:10 – Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
For me, reading the above verses a few years ago would have caused me to just scratch my head. Our Pastor read and explained these verses sometime last year and they really stuck in my head. I say this partially because I have never really had a great relationship with my brother, we’re not at odds or estranged, we’re just not “close”. Why am I saying this here . . . .”they say” the first step in fixing a problem is admitting to it . . .
This is exactly what Jesus is telling the disciples in the Sermon on the Mount. God wants to have a relationship with each of his children, that would be you and I. There are multiple references in the Bible where we are told to put God first. However, here we have the Son of God telling us that before we come to worship he wants us to resolve our petty differences with our fellow man. When you think about it, most of our disagreements with others are petty, yet we let them fester until we can’t even remember why we were initially mad, we just know we were mad. Can you think of an old friend, co-worker or family member that you have a disagreement with. Maybe it’s that very issue that is keeping you from having a better relationship with God, not to mention the person involved. I think Luke put it very concisely in Luk 6:37 – “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” God wants to be close to you, but he knows if your heart is weighted it can not be fully open to him. Settle your differences and you’ll be in a much better place to receive God’s word.
Mat 5:22 – But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ (aka, you vain fellow) is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.