Consider The Lilies

We don’t have to look far to see the beauty of God’s creation do we?

Have you ever pulled up a chair next to a lily to watch it grow?

Lily of the field

Can anyone honestly say they can take credit for doing something that caused a lily to grow?

(I’m not speaking to owners of green houses here -but wait….maybe I am  )

The point I’m sort of aiming for here is that I think God wants us to consider how his creation grows without any help from us…..

and get this…..

even as beautiful as the lily is….he will take even more care with us!

 because he is that great!

Matthew 6:28    And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

I hate to burst your bubble here….but not only has God created something far beyond our capability to create ourselves….neither is he impressed with anything we can do for ourselves because he will do it even better….does that make sense?

Matthew 6:29   And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Okay, so we can’t see a lily grow……but has anyone ever listened to a lily grow?

Before I lose you to more interesting things on the internet that actually do make sense to you…..please hear me out!

Has anyone ever seen a construction site? Was it quiet? It occurs to me that when ever man sets to building something….he can’t do it without making a lot of noise.

Then, once he is finished…he has to make even more noise in telling the world what he has made.

While I sat in our garden this morning before the sun got out of bed…

things seemed so quiet and peaceful -

Made me wonder just how peaceful the garden of Eden really was!

(no, this does not tell you how great our garden is….just points to how great an imagination I have)    :)

Seems to me that man has proven that he falls so short of God’s glory in anything he does…..just look at the noise we make in this world while trying to shape God’s creation into a place we want so desperately to make our own.

Why?  Seems to me that this world was never “ours” in the first place…….

When we plant our garden each year….we know that it is not ours.

Just as when we plant a seed of faith in another human being…..we know it is no longer ours. Like a garden….God will make that seed grow.

This earth, this beautiful earth, that smells so rich and full of life when we get on our hands and knees while we plant our little seeds.

I need think no farther than this earth that God has blessed us with each time I count my blessings. Seems to me, all the blessings God has bestowed upon me beyond being to feel, smell, and see this earth he created…are just icing on the cake are they not?

When I see a dog rolling around in the dirt, I smile……

because I know just how he feels!  :)

Even though our neighbors may not understand when they see me rolling around in the dirt – I know God does!

Once the hard work is done….

(and while my wife attempts to get the dirt stains out of my jeans……)

God takes over and we watch his glory as it comes forth from the earth.

By the way…..what comes from the earth tastes pretty good too!  :)

No fanfare, no noise, no flags or news media…no Facebook posts about how we are growing such a wonderful garden…..

garden

I looked around me this morning and everywhere I looked….God is growing something – making something from a tiny seed we put in the ground.

I lost count after an hour……

so to save time…I just give God credit for everything my eyes can see!

We water the seeds, pull the weeds around them, in every way we can, we nurture the seeds we planted….

but we don’t make them grow.

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We just plant the seeds…..and we trust God to do the rest!

Everything God makes is so wonderfully made – don’t you think?

 

 

The Doctrine of God

Planting Potatoes:

I was blessed by these words and would like to share them with you!

Originally posted on Pastor Joe Quatrone, Jr.:

Bible 3If I were to ask you if you believed in God, I am confident almost all of you would respond in the affirmative. But if I were to follow that question up by asking you to describe God to me, to give me a list of His attributes or to speak to me about the essential qualities of His nature, the answers would not be as forthcoming. While most people claim to believe in God, they are not really sure who He is, what He is like, and how we can know these things about Him with certainty.

As I sat down to write this message, it occurred to me the task before me was next to impossible. How do I say all I need to say about God? I cannot. So this is a disclaimer upfront. I can neither be exhaustive nor comprehensive in my treatment of this topic…

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I Am A Fool

I Am A Fool

I AM A FOOL

I have wasted my life until now, doing everything I could to avoid being a fool. I am sure I had many reasons that I thought would explain my foolishness. 

 Who was I being a fool for?

The ironic thing is……..

by trying to avoid being a fool and being so fixated on “fitting in,”  I lost what chance I had of actually finding any kind of wisdom. Without realizing it, I was actually a bigger fool than I knew.

Like most youth, I spent my earlier days trying to stay in touch with what “other” people thought was cool. This is not to say that I was ever able to actually achieve the coveted state of “coolness” but I did waste a lot of time searching for it.

My daughter called me when she was in high school one day, to announce that she had made the cheer leading squad. She was so excited – and I was too. This is something that made her very happy, and of course, I was so happy for her too!

A few months later, my daughter called again, this time it was to tell me she had been “removed” from the cheer leading squad. She explained that “they” didn’t like the kids she hung out with and informed her that she needed to hang out with the “right” kids (three guesses who the “right” kids were – and the first two don’t count) or risk being being removed. The “kids” in question, were students that she gave part of her lunch hour to who were having problems with schoolwork. As you can imagine, these kids were not exactly the “cool” kids in school.  I was so sad for my daughter, but then she made me so happy and proud when she explained that she told “them” that she had more important things to do.

This situation reminds me of when the Pharisees asked the disciples why their master was eating with the publicans and sinners: the “bad” people in the village……

Matthew 9:11-12  “And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?”

12 “But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.”

In that instant, despite her disappointment and sadness, my daughter gained more wisdom than I could ever claim I had when I was in school!

My daughter has been a great example to me of how to ignore the world so as to see God clearly.

I guess now that I am beginning to slide down the backside of this life, I am not so concerned with the world. In fact, since I have been living for God and my focus has been on Christ, I am like a magnet that opposes the world.

By the world’s definition ~ I am a fool.

1 Corinthians 3:18  Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

Jesus was a fool

Okay, before you burn me at the stake here, please indulge me a few radical thoughts.

Yes, Jesus was the wisest man to ever walk on this planet. Yet, he CHOSE to be made a fool; to appear to be a fool.

Fool ~ noun   www.dictionary.com

1: a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense.

I think you would agree with me that Jesus wasn’t stupid, nor that he lacked judgement or sense, right? Is there anyone who thinks that Jesus was silly?

2: a professional jester, formerly kept by a person of royal or noble  rank for amusement: the court fool.

I am going to take a chance that you would again agree with me when I say that Jesus was “kept” by no one, nor that he ever conformed to even the religious leaders of the time.

3: a person who has been tricked or deceived into appearing or acting silly or stupid: to make a fool of someone.

Do you think Jesus was “tricked” or “deceived” into dying for the world? 

4: an ardent enthusiast who cannot resist an opportunity to indulge an enthusiasm.

I believe the only time Jesus really “indulged” in his enthusiasm was when he “backed up what he preached” by dying for the world. Oh, then there were the countless times we know of when he healed and performed other miracles. I am guessing that you could consider those instances as “ardent enthusiasm.”

5: a weak-minded or idiotic person.

Does anyone really think that Jesus was a “weak minded” person? I find it interesting to note that the “wise” people of his time, with all the education and nobility they had among them, thought Jesus was an idiot!

Jesus did not oppose the world ~ he was here to save it!

We know Jesus was the son of God. We know that Jesus was God manifest as a man. It wasn’t God himself that thought Jesus was a fool, but surely the world did right?

My thoughts turn to David, a mere shepard boy, who stood up to Goliath. Everyone laughed at him, even his own people, who thought he was a fool to even try such a thing. But God knew David was no fool!  It’s not so much that David even knew himself to be strong enough to be victorious over Goliath. I think he just obeyed God, and trusted him so much, that he was willing to look like a fool  - and even die – in order to obey him.

The pharisees thought Jesus was just a heretic loser; a lunatic that they could talk the Romans into killing for them. Once he died, they could be rid of his strange, radical ways, they must have thought.

But what they could not seem to understand, was that this “fool” was actually here to save them! 

As my daughter used to say….“they just didn’t get it.”

As Jesus was led through the streets, beaten, bruised, and bleeding, many must have thought he was a fool. The Roman governor, Pontius Pilot most surely thought Jesus was a fool because he offered him every way out of a gruesome fate and yet Jesus didn’t even offer a defense.

Jesus knew just how lost man was in this world. As he hung in his suffering, he still asked God to forgive those who were killing him because he knew just how lost they were. Jesus got it.

Jesus’s knowledge of salvation and how much God loves man, and the fact that he was willing to die to carry out God’s will, did not make him a fool.

But you couldn’t tell the religious crowd that could you?

Those who ignored his teachings, were the real fools.

Jesus was transformed by God, from what the world thought was a foolish man, to a radiant and eternal form of heavenly glory.

It brings me joy now when the world thinks me a fool because I know that God will transform me, this weak body, weak mind, into a perfect, heavenly being.

With that kind of promise…..what  could this world possibly offer to make me want anything else?

Romans 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

“I don’t really care if anyone labels me a Jesus Freak…..”

Do You Love The Dark?

lightbulb

Seriously….when the power goes out at your house, do you enjoy being in the dark?

How much can you accomplish when the light goes out?

How relieved are you when the lights come back on?

Why do you have a porch light or some other light on your property?

Are you afraid of what could happen in the dark?

Have you ever wondered why it is that evil things can be better perpetrated in the dark??????

Could man actually love the dark?

Light hasn’t come into the world just so we don’t stub our toes……….

John 3:18-21   This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”

God’s Army

such a good read, I feel compelled to share it with my friends!

Can You Hear The Peace of God?

PeacefulValley

I can!

I have come to learn what that “still small voice...” is all about.

I don’t think God wants to have to shout at us……

although there have been times in my life I have felt he was really trying to get my attention……I have missed his voice more times than not because either I wasn’t listening for it….or I could not hear it over the noise of this world.

I remember when I was in school, I had this teacher that didn’t respond to us noisy, distracted students like most teachers did.  She would simply stand at the front of the room and remain quiet. At first, we all thought it was great that she didn’t interrupt our discussions with boring school stuff.  But as the school year progressed, we learned that our teacher did have lots of cool things to teach us and what made the information most important and interesting to us is the fact that we actually made a conscious choice to be quiet.

This world is noisy isn’t it?

I don’t think God wants to compete with this world. I think God wants us to seek him; to seek his peace.

So, what do we do?  Most of you may shake your heads at  me with this unusual suggestion but……..

Turn off the cell phones, turn off the TV, turn off the radio….

TURN OFF THE WORLD!

My wife and I do not own cell phones, or have cable TV…we don’t even have a radio. And the peace is so nice!

But it’s not just about less noise and bother in our lives….more importantly, it’s about less intrusion in our lives.

Less intrusion = More space for the peace of God

Remember that free will stuff…..?

Did you ever have your mom come into your room and turn down your stereo so she could talk to you….?

I don’t believe God is going to turn off the noise of the world so that we can hear him….

The more that I can hear God…..the more peace I feel in my life!

Numbers 6:24-26

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

Will and Purpose

Planting Potatoes:

good read I would like to share with my friends today…we need not worry ourselves over God’s purpose if we know he loves us and we accept his will in all things…..

Originally posted on The Devotion Cafe':

Proverbs 19:21 says” Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

Everything in life has a Will and a Purpose and though at times we aren’t sure what it is, it still has meaning.

Purpose1No matter what happens to an individual in life, rather it is good or bad there is a purpose to it.  Before we get all bent out of shape and throw a fit let’s take a deep breath and calm down. Remember there is a will and purpose to everything you may not know what it is at the moment and because we don’t we have to trust God when we can’t see.

Don’t waste your energy pondering on the why’s  because this is what the enemy would have you to do. He want you to be focusing on the negative so that you miss the purpose and…

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