Friday, August 30, 2013

No Time to Take People for Granted

Our time in this life is short and uncertain. We all at times take those around us for granted and allow our schedules or the demands of others to distract us from the most important relationships in our lives.
It is important that we find ways to prioritize those relationships without abandoning the plan of God for our lives or shirking our legitimate responsibilities and duties.
I thank God for my family. And I intend to focus on attaining a right balance in my life especially with regard to my wife and children. I do not want them to doubt, for even one moment, that my love for them is absolute, unconditional and eternal. Jackie, Nathanael, Isaac & Luke are the greatest loves of my life in the world.

Friday, August 16, 2013

FRUSTRATIONS - In Perspective

Isn't it amazing how quickly we get frustrated and upset? It seems so many live most every day in this state of frustration where nearly every part of life is raw and hypersensitive. There is the constant din of complaints and the tearing down of people that seems to fill the air around us. It makes us feel that the black cloud of discontent that hovers overhead could transform at any moment into a full-blown tornado, resulting in widespread wholesale destruction in our lives.
For me, getting the Son shine back into my life requires focusing on the true, the honest, the right, the pure, the lovely, the good reports and the things that affect positive change in my thinking and in those around me (Philippians 4:8). Thank you Jesus, and all those around me for patiently enduring as I go through this process day after day!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Who Do You Love?

(Matthew 5:46, 48) “For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? Be ye therefore perfect [fully mature], even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
It is natural for us to be close to those that bring benefit or at least perceived benefit to our lives.  We even read in 1John 4:19 “We love him (Jesus), because he first loved us.”
However, as believers we are to become more like Jesus. You see, He was able to love us even when we did not love him. If fact we were his enemy long before we loved him. We had no real benefit to offer Jesus, and yet, he loved us; loved us so much that he gave His life that we might have everlasting life. Possibly, the greatest benefit is that because of Jesus’ unconditional love, we can experience real love from its source, God Himself!
Because this gift is a direct connection to Love, we now have the capacity to love others as Jesus loved us. This is our opportunity to love unconditionally! We are the hands, conduit, of the love of God to all those that have not been blessed to know that love. What a privilege! We need to seize this opportunity and love others as Jesus does.