During a season of tough love with one of my girls, the resounding theme was “I don’t want to”. Without going into details, this was the answer that I received every time I tried to make her understand that her behavior was unacceptable and needed to change. She wanted her way, no matter what. She would risk everything to have her way even if it meant disappointing me and mom, getting grounded or even a spanking.
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you – Ex. 20:12
The honoring of a father and mother creates not only sability in the home but also in our society
So I began to try to show her that the very thing that SHE wants, she cannot have. That her disobedience would lead to much heart ache. Disobedience is nothing new I said. I explained to her about Adam and Eve and how they were created here on earth by Almighty God and given everything – EVERYTHING, with the exception of course, one thing that was withheld for their protection and because God loved them so much. And yet the one thing that they were told to avoid, to leave alone, they had to have.
Now before I am too hard on Adam and Eve, I would have done the same thing I am sure given the same circumstances and so would you – we have all proven that.
I remember hugging her tightly and saying, “You are loved. We love you and because we love you we can’t allow this to go on behaving this way. You are loved”. And so We continue to love her through this season of growing pains, teaching her that God loves her, that we love her and that we are here for purpose – to honor the One who created us, to have charity, patience, to care for all those we come in contact with and to show the love of Christ so that it is real to anyone who sees. Is it tough? Absolutely! But press on friends. The final product will be amazing.
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God – 1 Cor. 10:31
Father, Help us to understand that You want what is best for us and always have our best interest at heart. Lord give us the wisdom we need to see things the way that you see them, that we might glorify You with our obedience. – Amen
Every day is a gift – that is what Paul Senior said on American Choppers concerning the tragic death of a worker at his son’s bike shop. And yet the 2 men, father and son, still are unable to put their differences aside for one to give comfort and one to receive comfort. All the while arguments about who is right, who is wrong, about money, fame and fortune continue as people all around struggle with life and death. I think of how very petty those arguments are as I watch some dear friends struggle with the question, “Why?” as their 3-year-old son is diagnosed with cancer and the next day in surgery having his kidney removed.
The book of James teaches us in Chapter 4, “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone .” GONE! That poor worker could have very well been Paul senior’s son and while this is not to beat anyone up it is to wake us all up!
Life IS a gift, given to us by Almighty God and it is short – no one knows how long but I can promise you this, when your time is up, you will think “It is too short”. Jesus said in the gospel of John, “the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy but I have come that you might have life to the full”. LIFE! Not a life that seeks to gratify the flesh with sex, drugs, fame, power and all the things that our society says that you can’t live without – But a life that has meaning, that has a positive effect on eternity. A life of love and compassion and serving the helpless and hopeless; being Jesus with skin on; being light in a dark world.
What child takes a gift and sets it aside and never uses it? Would you ever take the gift of a toy race track and use it for snow skis or who would take the gift of a ball bat and try to mix cake batter with it? The gift of life should never be put up on a shelf but should be used for its intended purpose – a life that honors God in ALL that we do, all that we say, all the we sing, all that we have, all that we love. receive the gift of God and LIVE! (To be Continued)
Father, Help us all to live the life that You have given us as a gift from above for Your glory and honor. Lord let us never take for granted Your love for us and Your generosity. May we please You with all that we do, all that we have. Amen.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them – Eph. 2:10
Some time ago I was given some “new” duties on my job at the newspaper. I gotta tell you that I was not real happy. But after stewing on it for a while, I began to think about what I had taught students in the past about why we are here on this earth and really got a smack in the face about my attitude – The Lord, by the way, QUICKLY corrected me. I am thankful to have a job.
Our purpose is to bring glory and honor to God. No matter what vocation we choose, we must see it as an opportunity to fulfill a greater calling. Our passage of scripture says that we are His “workmanship” stating that we were created by God, carved out of nothing and that should send a chill of excitement over our bodies. God Himself took the time to fearfully and wonderfully create…YOU. He took the time and care to make you just as you are and here it is – for His glory; to bring Him honor.
Everyone dreams about what they might want to be when they grow up; a doctor, lawyer, a professional athlete or maybe a super hero. I wanted to be Superman but that didn’t work out. My cape kept getting hung in the spokes of my bike.
Anyway, society tries it’s best to define peoples lives. It tries to put us in categories by what we do, how much we make, what kind of car we drive and what kind of body we have. Even as a believer we get caught up in the pursuit of success. Our lives become broken down into sections…
• Personal life
• Professional life
• Spiritual life
The truth of the matter is that we were never created to climb the corporate ladder. We were not created to compete for power and riches and fame. Instead we were created to glorify God – PERIOD. Now there is nothing wrong with having a good, well paying job as long as it is kept in it perspective – we’ll get to that on another day.
Our identity in Christ is not a title on a resume or in having big or car. It’s not how much we have achieved in life. It’s about honoring Him and what eternal impact you have on a desperate world that lacks hope. You are valuable because of who you are IN Christ not because of what you will do for a living.
I leave you with this thought from Psalm 8:4 – “what are mortals that you should think of us, mere humans that you should care for us?”
God delights in His children!