Pursue Supporting Others

Pursue supporting others, be active in encouraging those around you. Investing into the lives of those around you, not only benefits you, more importantly it impacts others.

Take for example two household objects, a flower vase, and a glass pitcher. When a flower vase is displayed, it’s only for as long as the flowers it holds lasts. Then they are either replaced, or thrown away, and the case returns to storage.

A pitcher, not only contains something that pours into others, it’s continually refilled. Lives filled with supporting others are richer, because they do more than lift those around you. While that itself is more than enough, it enables those around you to impact even more people.

Lastly, one of the persons who drank from the resources of the pitcher, will wash it, and prepare it for future use. None of us can afford to be self contained, only selflessness creates a thriving life. Actively seek to bless someone today, they will pour into another life, and you will make a difference!

Sketch A Bridge Over

When your life meets the unexpected, and every thing takes an impossible turn. There is still a Bridge over, there’s still a way out. No matter how gray the path, He provides a way of escape. Life isn’t easy, but after Calvary all things are possible. Jesus.

Peace Like A River

Isaiah 48:18 (ESV)
18 Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;

A river is a natural flowing body of water, usually freshwater, flowing towards another body of water.  Either an ocean, sea, lake, or another river. Maybe that’s why Isaiah 48:18 came to mind, “Peace like a river.”

It’s not just a sense of safety, it’s one that’s going somewhere.  The same word that translates river, also translates flood.  It usally means a good flood, but a flood nontheless.

What came to mind when I read this, we’re two images.  A sirene river, and a group of people in danger, safe in the group, but surrounded by danger.  They were escaping something, going to a place of complete safety.

I imagined what it must have felt like if you were some of those who disguised themselves, and escaped Germany in World War II. They were safe, in the group they were with, but surrounded by danger.

They were traveling through a channel of safety, onto a bigger world.  Sound familiar?  I’m reminded that Jesus said, “…in the world you’ll have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  Our safety isn’t in our location, it’s in Who is traveling with us.

Whether you’re talking about life itself, the next adventure of your story, or a hope or dream, every arrival is a new journey.  We’re safe in that journey, when we are in Him, but our safety isn’t in our surroundings.  River banks can be filled with dirt, rocks, animals, and enemies, but the river is clear of all of that.

Often, I’m guilty of judging my situation by the bank, and not the current.  The nature of the bank will change by season, but even in winter, the river is still a river. Even when frozen, the river is still water by nature, and it’s still connected to something bigger than itself.

Our situation does not determine our nature, Our Father chose that.  He made us new, He made us like Him, and He will keep us through the storm.  So let the lightning clash, and the thunder roll.  Let our enemies threaten and make noise.  If we hold to Jesus, all the time, we’ll have Peace like a river!

 

Judging

I was reminded this morning of the old cartoon. The hunter sees the face of, what appears to be a small creature, until the camera shows what the hunter cannot see. The little face sits on a large dinosaur.

The hunter was doing something Jesus told us not to do, judging. It’s easy to do, judging on face value. Of course, when we get irritated at the service in the drive through, we don’t consider the 2 jobs, and 4 kids the single mother is juggling.  

When our coworker is short, we don’t know what we don’t know. We didn’t hear the phone call from the doctor her spouse just received that morning. It’s easy to view things through our eyes, because we only see one perspective.

Again, Jesus told us not to judge. I know what you’re thinking, that was Jesus. An yes it was Jesus. 

It was The One who could have judged us all, without Calvary. It was The One who decided to die, rather than denounce. The One who is waiting til the very last soul that can be saved, before returning, to what will have to be judged.  

For me, when I look at my own faults, and His great Mercy, it makes it a lot easier not to judge others. All of us should be judged, but if Jesus didn’t, how can we judge others?

Cling

Have faith, joy, and hope today. Faith that The One who brought you to today, will bring you through today. Joy in the good of this day, for there is always a vein of silver in that rocky obstacle. An hope that someone is watching your faith and joy in what they’re facing.

That they will see you, looking to our blessed Hope, and look in His direction. Let Jesus direct you to the best place, to direct others today. It may not be a comfortable place, but it’s in rocky places, people find something to cling to.  

Memorial Day 2018

After the Revolution fought to win our freedom, they remembered those who marched against tyranny, but marched to a higher home before General Washington became President Washington.  These who fulfilled the pledge, of life, liberty, and sacred honor so completely.  Hearts remembered their sacrifice, and built thereon.

After the dark days of conflict in the Civil War, how many sacrifices were made. So much so, it even claimed the voice that gave us the Gettysburg Address. We heard his words, their deaths, his death, was not in vain.

From the great emancipator, we walked into France in World War 1, liberating it.  Some stayed behind, on French soil, giving all, so that more than America could be free.  This would be a pointer, to an even greater fight.

There is s noble war. One fought for the rescue of people hunted, and hated. One fought against a mad man who wished to annihilate, not just a race of people, but the treasure they had brought into the world. We stood with the world against Hitler, and paid a great price, to destroy the nightmares of Auschwitz and Dachau.

Other mad men have risen, and our soldiers have stood to stop them.  This Memorial Day, we don’t evaluate the battle, or the decisions behind it, we honor the soldiers. Men and women, who in every generation, made it possible, for us to live freely.  

We honor, salute, and embrace the heart, love, and hope their sacrifice purchased for us. May God bless their souls, their memory, and their legacy. May God bless the United States Of America!

Hold

 

When your life is suddenly upset, and circumstances fail you, hold on to the faith that never will.  When you don’t understand why the battle rages, hold on to The One who holds you always.  When your days are bright, and the road seems flawless, hold on to The God that gave you the sunshine.  

When that road turns out to have unexpected turns, or unpaved portions, hold on to The Savior who walked it before.  When the planned, and unplanned happens, hold on to The One who isn’t surprised by either one.  Whether you meet your foe with answers or questions, hold on to The Only Answer that matters.

Holding on isn’t desperation, although it has been there.  Hold on isn’t an excuse to do nothing. The closer you hold Him, the more you’ll want to do, to introduce others to Jesus.  Hold on doesn’t determine His reaction, but it is a testimony to those you love.

What you cleave to, on your worst, and best days, teaches them what is truly precious. Hold on, not only for your faith, but for the generations who follow. You may never face the same battles your children do, but you can show them how to face any battle, by holding on, in faith, to The One who holds all in resurrected hands.