Spiritual Neuropathy

1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the payment for our sins.

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If you know anyone who has diabetes you may be familiar with Peripheral Neuropathy.  Oxford Dictionary defines neuropathy as disease or dysfunction of one or more peripheral nerves, typically causing numbness or weakness. Frequently when patients suffer from diabetes, neuropathy is one of the early signs of the disease’s presence.  The patient can lose feeling or experience a tingling sensation as nerve damage grows and spreads; and, left unattended, amputation may prove to be the only solution.  The condition is usually at its worst in patients who haven’t acknowledged the seriousness of their condition and modified their diet.

My mother is a diabetic and she has this in her feet.  She is a true born and bred southern girl and walks around bare foot all the time.  Several times, when visiting with her,  I saw bloody foot prints on her floor. After a few questions, I realized that mom had cut her foot. The neuropathy in her feet had caused them to become numb and she did not feel the pain from the cut on the bottom of her foot.  She was completely unaware that her feet had been cut and she was tracking blood across the kitchen floor.

I think many of us are dealing with neuropathy on a spiritual level.  We have become numb to God and the things of God.  It came on gradually, we didn’t even notice it, until one day we SAW signs of our wounds.  Maybe you no longer experience joy or contentment that Christ promises.  Maybe you are unhappy, frustrated, overworked, and harried.  God promised that His yoke was easy and His burden was light but you are not feeling it right now. Some of you may be angry, bitter or depressed and some of you are living a double life, Christian at church and full blown sinner outside of it.  You don’t even know who you are anymore.

What happened?  You never intended to become this way.  It seemed like one day you were worshiping Jesus, raising your hands at church, crying when you prayed and now you are numb.  Emotionless.  Full blown Spiritual neuropathy.

Fortunately, while the physical reality of peripheral neuropathy is often a chronic malady that may never go away completely, there is a definite cure for the spiritual version.  Jesus comforted his disciples before going to the cross by saying, “When the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:26-27)

The problem with spiritual numbness is that it isn’t honest. We have no room in our hearts for the One we say we love most. If Christ is better than anything the world has to offer, why do our lives tell a different story?

In this lifetime, we will never be able to stop having pain, or trouble, becoming tired or weary or simply just sad or depressed at some point. We need to constantly assess our passions and desires, not to squash them, but to strengthen and realign them with God’s desires.

In communing with Christ, we move toward becoming our most authentic self, namely, dead to sin and alive to God. So let me encourage you to make just one change that will promote your spiritual health. If you are spiritually alive in Christ, then live. Reshuffle your priorities and become who you were meant to be. Maybe you are letting life run you and your schedule and not the things of God or God himself. The key to overcoming spiritual numbness is to “fill up” with the Holy Spirit.

Overcoming feelings of spiritual numbness is often not a mental or academic exercise; rather, we need the personal touch of another born-again believer. Here is where the church comes in, with brothers and sisters everywhere, Bible study and, of course, worship services and the preaching of God’s Word we can begin to heal, regain feeling.

You can begin to heal today by, sincerely desiring to be directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit, Confessing your sins and thanking God that He has forgiven all of your sins whether past, present, or future, presenting every area of your life to God for His gracious control, by faith claiming the fullness of the Holy Spirit according to His commandment in Ephesians 5:18 and His promise in 1 John 5:14–15.  God loves you, even when you may not feel like you love him.  1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the payment for our sins.

 

Binge Watching

Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

About 2 years ago, we decided to get rid of cable and satellite.  We signed up for Netflix and bought a flat antenna for local channels.  At first, I hated it.  Series on Netflix were a year behind, from the 1980’s or not interesting.  Then I heard about Hulu.  Hulu was great because I could watch current tv series one day after there original showing.

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Then I discovered that both Hulu and Netflix posted new shows with series spanning up to 9 seasons, some of those had up to 12 episodes. When I found a new series, I watched it every day.  I watched one episode after another.  Each time I turned on the tv I could not wait to find the series and watch the next episode.  I had suddenly become a Hulu/Netflix BINGER!

The definition of binge from Merriam-Webster is: an unrestrained and often excessive indulgence and an act of excessive or compulsive consumption (as of food).  Yes, I was definitely a binger.  I was hooked.

Maybe some of you reading this can relate, while others are saying “Bless Her Heart”, the ole southern kind way of saying, “she ain’t right”.  But as I speak the truth about my own life, I want to ask you to think about your relationship with God and His word. What if we binged read the bible?  What if we binged going to church?  What if we binged prayed, binged evangelized, binged judged ourselves,? You see where I am going?

I think many of us fill our time with something.  Work, drugs, alcohol, affairs, sleeping, eating, pornography and the list goes on.  But these things are just fillers.  They are not satisfying.  With all the binge watching on Hulu and Netflix, I found after awhile I had watched everything worth watching.  I craved a new series, day after day, but they were not there.  Each day I would go back to the two apps hoping something new would be out, feeling let down when there wasn’t.

I have been a Christian and in church for the majority of my life.  I read the bible every day and love to delve into the word of God, to read and study it.  But if I am honest I do not BINGE read it.  What if I did though?  Would I be different?  Would I be more able to defend my faith?  Would I love The Lord more?  Could I begin to have the mind of Christ?  Might I live a better life, have more faith, wait more patiently?  As you can see, I have not reached perfection in my own Christian life, so please do not think I am calling you out.

I know that I love God.  I often say I love Him with all my heart, all so soul and all my mind.  After digging down deep and thinking about it a little bit more, I now feel guilty saying that. I want to fill my time with the things of God. That doesn’t mean that I will not binge on a new series every now and then.  What it means is that I will add more God into my downtime schedule.

I want to leave you with this.  At the end of each series, I felt let down, almost hopeless.  What would I do now?  When I spend time with God and my time ends, I have the exact opposite feelings.  I don’t know what you BINGE but I am sure you have those some feelings I had at the end of my BINGE. Try God.  Just give him a try.  Sometimes when I started a new series, the first 1-3 episodes were not that great.  Once I pushed through, the show became better and before you know it I was hooked.  I didn’t try episode one and quit.  Try God.  Don’t try just once.  I promise, if you give Him a chance, you will not be left wanting. God NEVER breaks a promise.

Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Judging Others

Ephesians 4:22-24 (GW) You were taught to change the way you were living. The person you used to be will ruin you through desires that deceive you. However, you were taught to have a new attitude. You were also taught to become a new person created to be like God, with a life that truely has God’s approval and is holy.

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I am reading a book, “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality”, by Peter Scazzero.  There was a quote in the book that goes “The monk,” said one of the Desert Fathers, “must die to his neighbor and never judge him at all in any way whatever”.  He continued: “If you are occupied with your own faults, you have no time to see those of your neighbor.” WOW.

I don’t know about you but I have a long way to go in being perfected in Christ.  I, like you, sin every day.  If I could choose to be like someone in the bible I think I would like to be Enoch.  The Bible says in Genesis 5:22-24 (NKJV) After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

Just sit for a minute and let that scripture soak in.  He walked with God three hundred years.  I know that God walks with me every step of every day.  But to actually WALK WITH GOD!?!  I love the old hymn that says, “And He walks with me and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own, And the joy we share, as we tarry there, None other has ever known.”

Both the quote and this scripture made me stop to evaluate me.  Not to measure me against anyone else but to measure me.  God loves you and He love me.  He knows that we are not perfect.  He knows that we continue to sin, even when we try not to to.  That’s why He sent Jesus.  That’s why He has done everything through history….just for US! Because He loves us!

I don’t know about you but every now and then I need to be reminded of this.  I need to stop and reflect on me and my imperfect relationship with Jesus so I can focus on making it better.  Not because I think I will die and go to hell.  Not because I believe that God is judging me.  Not because I have to stand before the Lord and confess all my sin.  BUT because he loves me so much and has done so much for me, how I can I not want to replay him with my love and dedication?

You see the scripture of Enoch ends with “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.”  How amazing would it be for your tombstone to have this written across it with your name instead of Enoch?

 

 

Alone

Genesis 2:18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”

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I just finished a seminary course on Genesis.  It never ceases to amaze me how I learn something new every time I do a deep study in God’s word.  There is so much in Genesis, the first book of the bible.  It is the beginning of the world and the beginning of life.

One of my favorite parts is the creation of Adam and Eve.  I love how The Lord said “It is not good for the man be alone.” And then, because He is God, He did something about it, He created Eve.  Not only did He create her, but He created her to be his helper and He made her just right for Adam.

God wants us to be with the right person.  The one He has planned for us.  I think we all know someone who got ahead of God and married the wrong person.  Some of those marriages ended in divorce, some are still married and still struggling and some turned it around and have great marriages.

If you are single or single again I want to encourage you to wait and pray for the right person that God has created for you.  If you are in a bad marriage I want to give you hope that God can turn it around.

You see I was saved when I was 13 years old.  I knew and loved the Lord very much for about the next 5 years.  When I turned 18 and became FREE from my parents, I decided to try all the things I did not try as a teenager at home.  I drank, I smoked, and hold on I even tried pot.  I went to night clubs, disco’s, and danced the night away.  In other words, I fell away from the Lord.  I no longer listened to the voice of God and I certainly did not obey his word.

During that time, I meet my husband, who was not a Christian.  We got married and started our life together.  We got pregnant really quick and boy was that a wake up call for me.  As a Christian, I knew that I had to get my life together because I had a baby on the way. The problem was we were living a sinful life.  But you see my husband was not a Christian and not only that he was an alcoholic. Neither of these were really a surprise to me.  My husband did not even want to get married in a church and I said ok.  I knew he drank a lot but so did I, it too was ok.

The rub came when I decided to clean up my act and he did not want to clean up his.  We struggled for the next 2 years, almost divorcing.  THEN GOD.  After separating,  my husband went to a church and accepted Jesus into his heart.  At first I thought it was just to get me to come home, but it was real.

God turned my marriage around, and delivered my husband from alcohol.  Many years later he was called into the ministry and has been a pastor now for close to 25 years.  The beginning of our life was soooooo hard.  It was hard because I was a Christian and I knew I should have married a Christian.  I knew that I was not living the life that God had planned for me.  Looking back, had I simply got my husband in church or told him the salvation story before we were married our life could have been different.

I had a very wise pastor who told me not to give up on my husband.  He told me not to live in a dangerous situation but also not to stop praying for him and not to stop praying for my marriage.  I took his advice and it worked.

If you are looking for that person that God has for you, focus on being the best Christian you can be and keeping your relationship with Christ strong.  THEN WAIT.  DON’T SETTLE.  Set standards that you know God wants you to have for your future mate and don’t date anyone who doesn’t meet the standards.  WHY?  Because you just may fall in love and marry the wrong person.

If you are in that bad marriage, don’t give up.  Don’t live in a bad situation.  Pray every day for your spouse and your marriage.  Get close to God and be the best daughter to God that you can be.  Read the word often and seek out wise counsel.  Cry, get mad, then get serious about saving your marriage.  If God can change my husband and restore my marriage, He can do the same for you.

If you are in a good marriage, be an encourager to a young couple, a single woman or a teenager who may begin to date soon.  We serve a big God who said, “It is not good for man to be alone”.  That means He has someone out there for you.  Just wait for the right one!

Coke and Peanuts

Proverbs 18:24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

I was born and raised in the south. I love the South, Southern traditions and Southerners. I love our lingo, how we talk slow, how we wave at people we see on the road, even if we don’t know them. I love how we say yes salty and no sir, no matter if they are older or younger than us. I love iced tea, pecan pie and fresh squeezed lemonade.

Small country stores were a Southern thing I remember too. As kids, we would ride our bikes to Greene’s Country Store. On our way to the store we would check the ditches for glass Coke bottles. Mr. Greene would give you .05 for every bottle we turned in. By the time we got to Greene’s Country Store we would have enough money to buy a Coke and a pack of peanuts or a candy bar. My favorite candy bar was Zero!!

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We would pull a glass bottle of Coke from the chest-style vending machine that’d wouldn’t accept change anymore and grab a pack of Lance’s Spanish-Roasted Peanuts from the rack on the wall. The ritual, a sweet Southern tradition, was simple: Open the bottle of Coke and take a couple of swigs. Tear off the corner of the cellophane sleeve–one of those single serving-size packages that contain no more than a handful of peanuts, the ones with the rusty skins still attached–and shake some nuts into the bottle. Then drink. The first few sips were the best, when the Coke was at its coldest and the peanuts at their salty crunchiest. If you lingered, the Coke got warm, the peanuts turned soggy, and the whole thing was about as appealing as drinking from an old bottle that’s been dredged from the bottom of a pond. Sweet and salty. That’s what made the drink so good.

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In the South, best friends were siblings, cousins and your closet neighbors. We learned everything together, including how to fight, love and forgive. After I married, my husband joined the navy and we moved from SC to Florida, which was the beginning of our travels. I missed the Southern traditions, my family and my friends. Through the years, I had a lot of friends, but none that compared to what I had left behind.

I met some amazing women. Grew up with them, cried with them and did life with them. BUT, through all those years and all the traveling, I did not find that Southern kind of friend that I missed so much from my childhood. UNTIL about 12 years ago.

My husband became a pastor after leaving the military. We were back to moving around. People would come and go in our lives, so it made it difficult to become close to anyone.

About 14 years ago we moved to a small town about 45 minutes away from family. I really did not want to go, but knew we had to go where God led us. For the first few years, I meet a lot of people who were nice and kind but not my childhood type of friend that I wanted and missed so much.  God was about to bless me with two of those kind of friends.  Today, I want to honor one of those friends.

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One day, I met a neighbor, Sheila. She would bring her children and drop them off at our church then go home so she could get a break from her kids. Her husband was an over the road truck driver, so she was kind of like a single mom. She was not interested in church and definitely not interested in being friends with the pastor’s wife. Before long, I forced my way into her life and literally into her house. I guess since she couldn’t get rid of me, she gave in and decided to become friends.

In the last 12 years, we have lived life together. She and her entire family got saved and baptized. We have celebrated the birth of new grandkids, mourned death together, her husband and my dad, we have fought and made up, we have started businesses together and closed businesses together. She has been my best friend in the best of times and in the worst of times. She has told me to pull up my big girl panties more times than I can count, yet she has stood on the fighting line with me when I was wronged. I like to think we work because I am the sweet and she is the salty in our relationship. I am the Coke and she is the peanuts.  She might disagree. Whatever we are, we work!

This week, one of my best friends moved to another city for a fresh start. I am so happy for her! Of all the people in the world she deserves happiness. She says she will visit because her kids are in the area, and I know she will. Like memories from my childhood, I will miss her very much, but she will never be forgotten. If you don’t have this kind of friend in your life, you are missing out on a lot. Proverbs 18:24 says, one who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. I am here to tell you that this kind of friend is rare, but they do exist. I am fortunate enough to have another best friend here in the town where I live, Kelly.  She and I have been friends as long as Sheila and I been friends and our friendship is just as special but different.  She is the sweet and I am the salty in that relationship.  Pray that God will send this type of friend into your life and when he does cherish your friendship with them forever.

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This blog is dedicated to my sweet and salty friends who make life more interesting and fun. May you find your sweet to your salty or vice versa, at least one or twice in your lifetime.  I will miss you my friend!

 

 

 

What’s In A Name?

Proverbs 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;
    to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

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Names in the Bible often have significance, telling us something about the person’s attributes or circumstances. Several people in the Bible were given new names, usually after they or their situations changed.

Jesus was born into a culture in which names were filled with hopes and expectations. God deliberately placed more than 100 names in the Bible that tell us about Jesus. They allow us to know Him more fully. Only Jesus can simultaneously be the timid, submissive Lamb and the mighty, conquering Lion. This dual identity is the reason Jesus was able to put death to death by sacrificing himself. The mission of Jesus is communicated through the names given Him in Scripture.

Names, whether they belong to people, bands or companies, have the power to communicate something significant. Perhaps this is why so few people name their children Dorcas and Nimrod these days, biblical though those names are. This advent season and beyond, I hope that you’re able to experience the beauty of Jesus in new ways through worshiping Him by name.

6 Reasons Why Names are Important in the Bible

  1. A biblical name could record some aspects of a person’s birth.
  2. Biblical names sometimes expressed the parents’ reaction to the birth of their child.
  3. Biblical names were sometimes used to secure the solidarity of family ties.
  4. Biblical names could be used to communicate God’s message.
  5. Biblical names were also used to establish an affiliation with God.
  6. Biblical names are given to establish authority over another, or to indicate a new beginning or new direction in a person’s life.

Naming is one of the great privileges given to Adam in the Garden of Eden, the power to define the world in certain terms, to label reality and determine people’s perceptions of it. To ask what your own name is, is really to ask: ‘Who am I?,’ or indeed: ‘Who will I become?’

Many Christian parents name their children with biblical names, perhaps as a sign of the spiritual heritage in which they hope their children to grow up. Some Christians today take naming very seriously, and may have their name legally changed in adulthood as a symbol of a particular moment of transformation or represent a new identity.

If God were to choose to change your name, what would it be?  If you could name yourself, searching out a name that represents who you are as a Christian, what name would you choose?  Do you know the biblical explanation of your current name?  Does it accurately represent your spiritual life?  WHAT’S IN YOUR NAME?

 

Disappointment

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Matthew 6:1 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
I would love to say that I have not posted lately simply because I have been too busy, but that would only be half truth.  True bloggers could call me out really quickly because a true blogger is never too busy to write.  If you are a Christian blogger you know that you can not wait to write what the Holy Spirit moves you to put into words.  Even the most mature Christian has times that they choose not do what we know we should do.   One of the reasons I have not written lately is because I made sure that I was too busy to write.  Ok, stay with me for a minute.  I am passionate about writing but caused myself to be too busy to write because of disappointment.
Websters Dictionary describes disappointment as the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations. Disappointment is something we all experience and certainly can not avoid in our life time. It also comes in all shapes and sizes, not a one size fits all. It can be a passing emotion over a temporary loss, or it may strike powerfully when something permanently changes our lives.
There were many strong men of God who experienced disappointment and acted on their disappointment too.  Maybe not in the exact way that I did.  By looking at these great men I realized a couple of things: 1) Being disappointed is a natural emotion.  2) It does not mean you are weak or a failure if you find yourself disappointed and 3) Usually we are are disappointed in people or circumstances because we believe they caused us to miss out on our hopes or expectations.
Disappointment is the first seed of doubt that intrudes on our faith. Disappointment sounds so harmless, but it’s the tip of a wedge that will stop our spiritual growth and make us bitter and defeated. You prayed about it, meditated on scriptures, sought Godly counsel, and things still didn’t work out for you. You wonder what happened to “ask and you shall receive.” Think of disappointment as a test permitted by God to see if you’ll continue trusting Him, obeying Him, and believing that He is good. That brings us back to those two sources of most disappointment: people and circumstances.
When we place our expectations on people, we are usually disappointed. God made us with a vacant space in our innermost being that only He can fill. So He will always let us experience disappointment with people so that we are driven to find fulfillment in Him.
If our joy depends on circumstances, we are in trouble, because circumstances are always changing. There are too many variables for them to remain the same.
The next time you experience disappointment ,and you will, here are three healthy ways to deal with it.  1) Mourn then release it to God. t might take time, but you must make a decision to move past the disappointment. Don’t run from it—face it and release it. 2) Evaluate and adjust your expectations. It’s natural and normal to want things and to want to excel, but issues arise when we begin to believe our happiness is based on achieving that goal or being with that person. 3) Move it, Move it, Move it.  Disappointment can be a time of renewed resourcefulness. Try something else, go in a different direction or maybe approach things a new way. If one dream dies, pick up another one and keep moving forward in life.
When you have nothing left but God, you realize He is enough. Your questions will not all be answered. Your circumstances may not be improved. The person you set your heart on may not live up to your expectations, but God is the strength of your heart and your portion forever.  If you are in a season of disappointment, I am praying for you today.  Just know that you are not alone and you are not the only who has been where you are right now.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes

Titus 3:2 urges us “to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”

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I am a visual person.  When I read scripture or a book, I actually visualize what I am reading.  When I read about Jesus, in the new testament, I can see him walking, talking, healing and hurting.  It’s almost as if I am walking along with him, side by side.  As I journey with Jesus, visually, I also feel a variety of emotions.

I think this generation has become less sensitive, intolerant if you will, of those who are not like them. Instead of realizing that we are all different and trying to understand each other, we seem to hate anyone who is not like us.  As a teenager raised in the church, I remember Christians were accused of this behavior.   Now, it seems like it is an attitude that is running rampant regardless of age, nationality or background.

I think unless we have walked a mile in someone’s shoes, we do not have the knowledge or authority to talk about them?  I have never been a president so how can I truly talk bad about him.  I may not like decisions that he makes, but because I do not live in the white house and I do not have the whole knowledge of the situation, how can I really know why he chose to do something.  Isn’t he the president and doesn’t he have the responsibility to look after the US as best as he can.  Doesn’t he live here too and wouldn’t everything that he does effect him, his wife and his family also?  If he loves them and himself, wouldn’t he do things that would be positive for them also.  He isn’t going to be the white house forever right?

This attitude goes beyond Jesus and the president.  If you have never been a pastor, the owner of a company, a manager, a mom, a dad, an addict, an abused woman, abandoned, mentally ill, the list goes on. Unless you have walked in any of those shoes you are simply talking about what you see. What we see is very rarely the whole story.  There was a reason why Jesus came, why He healed, why He ask men to become His disciples, why He went to the cross, why He died and rose again and the list goes on.  If you just look at Jesus without understanding the whole story, He could appear to just be a mad man.  But when you understand all those things you see what an amazing thing He did for us.

If Christians, would think of ways to encourage and understand those who are different from them, walk a mile in their shoes, our world be a better place.  There would be less quarreling, we would be gentler to others, and we would show perfect courtesy toward all people.  Today, take time to ask questions of someone who is not like us, someone who has made a decision you do not like, talk to someone living a lifestyle different than yours, who believes different than you and so one.  You just may walk away understanding that person more, talking about them less and being kinder to them.  After doing this a couple of times, I think you will begin to talk about others less because you will try to walk a mile in their shoes before making judgements of others based solely on what you see.

Your Spiritual Resume

Romans 14:10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written:“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’”So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

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Our pastor ask a question to the worshipers at church that made me go hummmmmm.  The question was “If you had a spiritual resume that you had to present to the Lord what would it look like?”  WOW, what a question.

Today’s scripture reminds us that when we die everyone will stand before the Lord to give an account of ourselves to God, basically our spiritual resume. 2 Corinthians 5:10, says, For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”  The word recompensed means compensation or reward given for loss or harm suffered or effort made.

I believe, that once you become a Christian, you will go to heaven, no working to get in, however, I also believe that  we become ambassadors for Christ on this earth until we die.  As ambassadors we are not to sit and stare at the sky just waiting for Jesus’ return or our death, instead, we are to learn everything we can about Jesus so we can share what we learn about Him with others.  Remember we are ambassadors, that means we are the mouth, the eyes, and the ears of Jesus.  Jesus doesn’t leave us guessing what we should do, how we should act as His ambassador, He teaches us everything we need to know in the Bible.

SO, once we are saved, we begin to build our spiritual resume and at the judgement seat of Christ we present it to the Lord.  Unlike a resume we build for a job, we can not delete things we do not want Jesus to know nor add false information.  God knows the number of hairs on our head, in other words, he knows all.

This post isn’t about the sin that we all have in our lives, the things we may not want on our resume.  I am a glass 1/2 full person, so this post is about the good things we will have on our resume as an ambassador.  Some of the things are ask to do as an ambassador are really hard, like turn the other cheek, pray for your enemies, don’t do harm to those who harm you and many more.  But God tells us that we are to do what is right and we will be blessed for it.  Being an ambassador is a foreign land can be hard, but says He is with us always and He will help us to do what we think we can not do.

So I will conclude by asking you the same question that was posed to us. “If you had a spiritual resume that you had to present to the Lord what would it look like?” If it doesn’t look like you want it to, it’s not too late.  Be the best AMBASSADOR you can be today and tomorrow, and tomorrow and tomorrow.

 

The Eye Roll

“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in mercy and loving-kindness.” Psalm 145:8

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If you had a teenager in your house you are familiar with the eye roll.  Maybe you were an eye roller yourself as a teen.  Have you noticed that this is a condition that can carry over into adulthood?  I decided to dig a little deeper to understand the eye roll phenomenon.

Here are some things that I uncovered in my research about eye rolling:

  1.  An eye-roll may say that the eye roller is an independent person but choosing to yield, for now, to your authority.
  2. People might roll their eyes when someone pokes a sore spot.
  3. An eye roll could be a way for the person to hold themselves together.  Instead of breaking down they simply roll their eyes.
  4. It may be a visual sign of disapproval of what has been said.
  5. It may mean they find you annoying.
  6. They may find what you just said hard to believe.

According to my research, eye rolling has been around since the 15th century when Shakespeare wrote about it as a way to express desire.  It wasn’t until the 1960s that eye-rolling fully acquired the meaning we associate with it today, and even then, it didn’t become widespread until the 1980s.  That explains one of the reasons I did not roll my eyes at my mother when I was a child.  The fear of getting slapped and not seeing it coming while my eyes were rolled back in my head could be another reason.  Lastly, the fear that my eyes might stuck back there, you heard it too, was yet another reason why I did not do it.

I must say that I have had a few eye rolls directed at me in my life time and my daughter was the biggest offender when she was a teenager.  I hoped, for the sake of all the young mothers, to uncover this was a medical condition that could be cured.  But, I am sad to say that it is a voluntary action that can actually be controlled.

I am so glad that God does not roll his eyes at us.  I know that at times, I have given God many reasons to roll his eyes at me, but He is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in mercy and loving-kindness to us.

If you are an eye roller, try to make a conscience effort to handle other people like Jesus would, with grace, compassion, mercy and loving-kindness not by rolling your eyes at them.  Pray today that God will help you control your voluntary eye rolling.  Then pray that until you get it under control that God would not cause your eyes to get stuck that way.