Hey Blogger Buddies,
Just wanted to check back in. I know it’s been a week since my last post. Sorry about that. Life happens. Plus, even more so, I haven’t had that much to say. Amazing – I know. But I’m learning that when I don’t have much to say via this post, just to not say anything.
Some would say that’s wisdom. Some others could adopt this methodoloy and it certainly wouldn’t hurt things!
Have you been paying attention to the news lately? I have. Sometimes they say the wrong things – proven wrong things. If you don’t know the facts, it’s just better to say nothing.
The spoken word … the typed word…. are all very important. With the words of our mouth (through the keyboard at this moment) we have the uncensored ability to communicate. What we communicate to each other and how we do so is very important. Essential really, if we want to build relationships that honor Christ and esteem one another. Yet, with this very same method, we can tear each other down and thereby dishonor Christ. Danger things these words. Some we have to be careful.
As this blog moves forward, I will endeavor to make sure that I chose my words wisely. I have always strived to be non-reactionary. Sometimes in the past I have won and other times, I have struggled a bit. So, I renew my pledge to myself. When I have something edifying, exciting or exhorting to post, I will. And, if I don’t – well then, I will either not post or be very cautious with what I do post.
I hope you will enjoy this direction. I’ll write more soon – I’m feeling my chatty side coming back.
The plain vanilla, simple honest truth of the matter is this: we all make mistakes. We all fall short. We all fail to measure to up expectations. No one is exempt. No one is perfect.
After speaking with one of my dearest friends this morning, I thought that it would be worthwhile to post some verses that we can soak in when we are feeling a little down on ourselves. May it serve to remind us that God is perfect, we are not.
- As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one.” (Romans 3:10)
- I like this because to make sure we understand, Paul goes back and says “no, not one” (KJV) or here in the NIV, “not even one.” So simmer down. We all have issues that we have to work out, with the help of the Lord.
- As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. (2Samuel 22:31)
- God is perfect, we are not.
- God’s word is flawless
- We can run to Him for protection – will you? Will you run to the safety of the Father?
- 2Samuel 22:33 says It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
- If God did it, that means you didn’t. Keep the right perspective.
- Psalm 19:7 says The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
- God’s law has the power to revive our very souls
- We should trust the Lord
- It’s in trusting Him that we become wise
- Isaiah 26:3 says You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
- Notice the theme here? We have to trust the Lord.
- When we trust Him, He keeps us in perfect peace! I don’t know about you, but that sounds real good to me.
- Keep a steadfast mind on God (steadfast in this context means firm direction, unwavering)
- 2Corinthians 12:9 says But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
- Yes it is. God’s grace is sufficient for you – and for me.
- God’s power is made perfect when we step out of the way and can’t do anything but rely on Him.
- We give God glory when we admit that we need Him.
- Hebrews 11:1 says Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
- I bet you started saying that one when you read Hebrews 11:1. Everybody seems to be able to recite, but not everybody is able to fully believe it. Be one of the believers.
I hope that you will take the time to soak in these verses and always remember that it’s not really about what we can do – it’s all about what God can accomplish through us. Not our will but God’s will. He’s in perfect control. Rest in the peace that comes with the acknowledgement that God IS.
Let me just say that what I’m about to blog is completely random, but it’s funny!
So, I was pulling out of the driveway and I saw this gray cat. He was sauntering across my neighbors uncut grass, like he knew he was the cat’s meow. When all of a sudden, I saw a gray bird with white feathers, swoop down and peck the cat in the booty! WHAT?
I’m just saying – I have never seen anything like this. Have you? And what makes it all so funny is that when the bird hit the cat, he bounced off and fell back.
Hilarious! Talk about aiming for the wrong target!
We’ve all done it. We’ve all said something that we wished we could take back. But for most of us, when we say these things, it’s with friends over coffee or over the telephone. A small circle with whom we can share our thoughts – where we feel comfortable to say what’s on our minds.
Unfortunately, those things on our minds, that make their way out of our mouths, can be hurtful to others once birthed into the atmosphere.
The View’s Elizabeth Hasselbeck (pictured above – photo from Google search) is living this circumstance now – only her small group of friends, with which she discusses topics, is taped in front of a large audience and televised nationally. So, a slip of the tongue there goes much further than a slip between friends at the park. It becomes a big deal – television stations carry the taped footage and play it over and over again.
While I am no fan of Elizabeth’s views – and while I find her comments misguided and hurtful – I am compelled to stop and think about when I’ve put my foot in my mouth. There have been times – whew! And oh how I thank God that my misguided attempts at jokes or even my commentary were not taped and televised.
Words reveal what is in our hearts. And some times, our hearts are U.G.L.Y. There’s no other way to put it. Just plain ugly. And when we have a case of the ugly hearts, then careless, hurtful words slip out.
I don’t know why Elizabeth thought it okay to think about Erin Andrews like that. For of course, she had to have put some thought into what she felt about Erin to speak that way about her on the show. But, maybe next time, she’ll put a bit more thought into what she says. We can only hope. Likewise, we can only hope that we also do the same. Let’s be careful about what we say. Let’s regard each other with more respect. That way we’ll keep our feet out of our mouth!
I called on a student in class one day and that student, who did not have their hand up, but who was not paying attention, said to me, “if I had something to say, I would have raised my hand.”
Y’all, I’m just saying, I would never, ever say something like that. I mean never. But, that’s what this student said to me. So, of course, I still required that the student answer the question. I told the student that as the teacher, I had the right to call on anyone.
What’s going on? I’ll tell you – spiritual warfare.
Sometimes we run into obstacles right when we least expect them. Sometimes that adversary of ours will use anybody just to try to throw you off balance. So remember that! Don’t attack the person. Recognize the spirit. Just remember that person is being used by the adversary to get to you, and when you remember that, you can silence the adversary – and he needs silencing. He’s getting far too much air-time!
How can we be prepared? Spend more time in the Bible. It’ll prepare you every single time!