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Regrets

My son, Asher, is at the age where he does so many things that just make us laugh.  I probably would have said the same thing a year ago, but he’s really developing his own personality, and things he likes certain ways, and it often is rather humorous.  One example is from just the other day.  Asher loves to play with any kind of ball he can get his hands on.  It doesn’t really matter the size, shape, color, or anything else.  He wants to throw, kick, carry, and bounce that ball wherever he goes.

One of his toys came with several plastic balls similar to what you see in those old ball pits.  He carries these around, often repeating “i-ma-ball” (“it’s my ball”, for those of you who don’t speak 2-year-old).  Asher’s other great love in life is animals.  He loves all of his stuffed animals, but really gets excited about the live ones.  So, of course, he loves our cat.  He always wants to play with the cat, too, even though the cat usually prefers to stay away from Asher.  On this particular occasion, the cat was sitting under the dining table, and Asher was walking around with one of his plastic balls.  He saw the cat, and decided he wanted to show the cat the ball.  He kneeled down on the ground, and got right up in the cat’s face with the ball, and said, “i-ma-ball”.

The cat wasn’t impressed.  In fact, his main objective was to get away – so, he ran through his little cat-door that goes out into the garage.  But, Asher wasn’t done.  He really wanted the kitty to see his ball, and he would especially like it if the kitty played with it, too.  So, Asher goes to the door, leans over, and puts the ball through the little door, and drops it out in the garage for the kitty – and, then he starts walking away.  It’s at this point that I’m already watching to see what his reaction is going to be, and it was almost as if I could see his little mind working – “Wait a minute . . . if I leave the ball out there for the kitty to play with . . . that means I can’t play with it.  It’s not worth that!”

Asher runs back to the door, and is reaching his hand through the door, futilely trying to get the ball back.  Of course, that’s when he starts getting upset, and we had to step in and get the ball for him.  Even though he started getting upset, it was hard not to laugh at him.  The action taken – the realization that it didn’t give him the result desired – the attempt to take it back.  It reminded me a lot of . . . well . . . me – and all of us.

God has warned us time and again, much like He did with Adam and Eve – sin isn’t worth it!  And, yet, again and again we make the same mistake Adam and Eve did.  We go ahead with our actions.  Never giving much thought to the end result.  And, it’s often only when we don’t get the desired result that we realize we’ve made a mistake.  Thankfully, God is very much like the watchful parent – waiting to lend a hand; waiting to step in and help, when we can’t help ourselves.  It would be nice if we could cut out all of those silly mistakes from our lives (and many of them we can and should!).  But, we will never be perfect, and we will always have to rely on our Father in heaven.  Praise God that He is a willing and loving Father – even when we brazenly disregard His will.

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:7-9 (ESV)


Thoughts on Simplicity

My son’s about to turn 2 this month.  And, it amazes me the things he will play with.  We’ve all heard the joke about the baby that plays with the box instead of the toy.  But, even at the age of 2, my son still will play with the simplest of things.  Give him a ball and a cup, and he’s happy for hours!  This is one of the reasons we hardly ever buy him toys – he makes toys out of whatever he has.  He doesn’t complain that his toys aren’t nice enough.  He doesn’t argue that he needs a new and improved version of his toys.  He simply enjoys what he has.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we all could do the same?  To live a life of simplicity.  To be content with what we have, and enjoy life for what it is – a blessing from God.  Why does it take so much to satisfy us?  Why do we continually need to have something newer, bigger, or better?  We can’t blame it all on the society we live in (though, the fewer commercials I see for new products, the better!).  I believe we have yet to understand exactly what Paul is saying in Philippians.  Take a look at what he says, and consider whether or not you could even come close to saying the same about your life:

“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.  In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”  (Philippians 4:11-13 – ESV)


Tuesday Treasure

“Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, ‘Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it.  It is the Lord who goes before you.  He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you.  Do not fear or be dismayed.'” (Deuteronomy 31:7-8)


Hidden Treasure

The book of Numbers isn’t one that many of us are itching to read.  Much of it is laborious as it goes through many of the laws and the census of Israel.  But, there are some memorable passages throughout this great book.  And here’s one that I imagine many of you knew the song before you knew where it came from.

“The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”  (Numbers 6:24-26; ESV)


Legacy Thoughts

And David the king said to all the assembly, “Solomon my son, whom alone God has chosen, is young and inexperienced, and the work is great, for the palace will not be for man but for the LORD God. So I have provided for the house of my God, so far as I was able, the gold for the things of gold, the silver for the things of silver, and the bronze for the things of bronze, the iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of wood, besides great quantities of onyx and stones for setting, antimony, colored stones, all sorts of precious stones and marble. Moreover, in addition to all that I have provided for the holy house, I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, and because of my devotion to the house of my God I give it to the house of my God: (1 Chronicles 29:1-3 ESV)

As Christians, we live between the times. We live knowing that the Lord could return right now, and we live knowing that our ancestors in the faith have lived in that knowledge for 2000 years. Our relationship with the future is complex and challenging – we don’t want to live there so much that we ignore the opportunities staring us in the face, but we recognize that living simply and responsibly is a way we can honor God.

David also had a challenging relationship with the future. Even though his idea of how God’s future would work out might have been very different from what we know under theNew Covenant, he was a warrior-king. Death was an ever-present companion; he had no illusions about the future being guaranteed. That’s what makes the verses above so remarkable! Look at how deeply this purpose runs in David’s heart. David didn’t just wake up one morning, wiggle his nose, and VOILA! there’s all this stuff. No, he planned this giving. Why?

He planned, because he dreamed a Godly dream for the future of his family.
He sacrificed, because he dreamed a Godly dream for his family.
He prayed, because his God invited him to dream together with Him.

What are your dreams for your family? Are you planning – sacrificing – working – praying so that your family may always be devoted to the Lord our God? There’s no kingdom dream you can dream that’s so big that He can’t one-up it! Lead the way for your family!

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or thinkaccording to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21 ESV)

Tuesday Treasure

Today’s treasure is found in Psalm 27.  Below you will read just a portion of this encouraging Psalm from David (verses 1, 3 & 14).  Be sure to read the whole thing for yourself – it’s a great passage of Scripture!

The Lord is my light and my salvation;

whom shall I be fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

of whom shall I be afraid? . . . .

Though an army encamp against me,

my heart shall not fear;

though war rise against me,

yet I will be confident. . . . .

Wait for the Lord;

be strong and let your heart take courage;

Wait for the Lord!


Real Fact #17

A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow, nor reap, nor gather into barns, and yet our heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?” – Matthew 6:25-26 (ESV)