Saturday, February 28, 2009

Let not our hearts be troubled!!

1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions;[a] if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.[b] 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

John 14: 1-4 NKJV

My Mother used to have this passage on a plaque in our home when I was growing up. I used to see it all of the time without giving it much thought. It seemed so far away and irrelevant to me. As I have progressed in years and have come to grips with my own mortality, It has become one of my favorite passages.

With so many things going on around us, all the noise of this world, it is easy to lose sight of who we are; who we are supposed to be; and to whom we belong. I get so wrapped up in the issues of the day and I begin to feel overwhelmed, afraid, even lost sometimes. I have to admit, being a staunch conservative right now, it is easy to imagine the unthinkable for our futures in this country. Many of my fellow conservatives can even be described as “in a state of panic”. I think it is time for all of us to remember where our destination lies!

Yes, it is very possible that this country is headed in the wrong direction. It is possible that the worst possible scenarios for our country and our society will play themselves out in the next few years. And it is possible that it could all be over tomorrow, in a blink of an eye for me, or for all of us. We just don't know. What I do know is that my God, my savior, and my friend has gone on ahead of me and is getting things ready. I need not worry about this life and the temporal things of this world, in so much that it debilitates me and prevents me from living like God wants me too. This is all temporary and we are just visiting. I am not saying that we shouldn’t be concerned about the things that go on in our country, in our states, or in our communities. By all means be engaged. Let us never give up the good fight, but let us keep it in perspective! Not to long from now folks, WE ARE GOING HOME!

The Passion of the Christ

I watched the "Passion of the Christ" again last night. What an amazing film. If anything in our day is truly touched by God, this film is. It is the first time I've seen it since it's release. I think I've avoided it for a reason.

As I sat there,in my chair sobbing, feeling guilty, one moment in the movie shook me to my core. Christ is on the cross and is asking God to forgive them, for they knew not what they were doing. It struck me like a blow to my very soul. Perhaps they didn't know, but I do! Surely the Jewish leadership of that day was driven by an insidious evil, but what of mine? What allows me, in the face of the reality of the cross, to go on embracing all that is wrong?

God please forgive us, because we know what we do, and we keep on doing it.

The cross demands a response, it should put us on our knees in shame and regret. In pride we ignore or avoid it, like I have. May I never avoid it again and may my response be acceptable and worthy of that sacrifice. What say you?

If you want to watch the video, you need to pause the playlist at the bottom.

Friday, February 27, 2009

I am a dreamer! An idealist! I love to think big and I am always hoping for the best. I strongly and passionately believe in the strength and goodness of the human spirit. We are made in the image of God. There is nothing we can't do or accomplish! And I know he came to give us all AN ABUNDANT LIFE!

But I have a problem! How do I make this application in my own life. How can I believe and expect the best for "humanity" but exclude myself from that equation? I am lost,needing some direction; searching and seeking what it means to live life and to live it more abundantly. I want to live a life worth living. I want to make a difference for people! I suspect,most of us are lost, empty, hurting and sometimes scared. I want to make a difference!

Maybe you have the same problem. Maybe you want to believe with all of your heart that there is more to this life than meets the eye. Maybe you are looking, like me, for a purpose.

On this page, I hope to include the things that move me and inspire me. some things that are helping me in this journey. I hope you find the meanderings on this page useful in your search as well.