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” Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins” 1 Peter 4:8
Good morning/afternoon everyone. Quick and to the point today, where is the love? Over the last few days and weeks I have seen alot of people spewing alot of hate from all sides of the table. You know which table I am talking about; the kneeling or standing during the Anthem table. A table which I have purposefully distanced myself from because every time something like this happens, instead of coming together in love we get what we have today. Division, hate, disrespect, and in most cases a general lack of understanding of each others’ point of view. Let me clear about this….we are to love each other no matter what! Did God not do the same for you?
For instance, I hear alot about how disrespectful people are because they are kneeling for the Anthem. Ok you may be right but do you truly understand why are military sacrifices they way they do? I’m sure when my nephews signed up to serve our country the way they have their thought wasn’t “Oooh, lets go sign up so people can respect us by standing at the flag!” No they signed up because they understand that this is pretty much the last country that gives you freedom and they help defend that freedom every day! Freedom to do things that you or I may not agree with but freedom nonetheless. So really who is the group of people being disrespectful? Makes one think a little huh?
In the end regardless of how we feel on any subject, our responses should be covered in love, not hate and division. If you hate what the President is doing, what love actions have YOU taken to counter it? Burning your merchandise and throwing a profanity laced tirade on Facebook is not countering hate with love; any two year old can throw a fit, it takes the ultimate respect however to show others that disagree with you love and compassion. Maybe, just maybe that love action would lead to more understanding of the other side? Maybe that love action would help cover your own sins….hmmmmm
Think about it friends, give it some heartfelt thoughts before you take any more action. Love to all everyone and please, help this old guy out and share my blog with others.
Good afternoon friends! Hopefully this mornings post made everyone think just a little bit deeper about what is going on in this world. What I would like to do this afternoon is help each other promote our writing to those that may not know about it. So if you are reading this and do not currently follow my blog, follow then I will follow you back. In the Twitter world this doesn’t accomplish a lot but in our world in gives each other more exposure. So with that said, follow away and leave your blog address in the comments below!
Good Saturday morning to you! Coffee is in hand and I was all ready to give you Day 1 in the journey to which my surgery begins with my first pre-op appointment; until I looked at twitter and saw this….
“Don’t call yourself a Christian if you go out on Friday nights and get drunk…then come to church on Sunday & act like a different person.”- Twitter User
When I read this I honestly thought that my head would my jump off my shoulders and roll down the hallway. I knew then that I needed to shelve my plans for this blog and call this out for what it is; a lie from the pit of Hell itself. Let me explain….
While going out and getting drunk is probably not at the top of the priority list for what Jesus has in His plans for you, calling out one’s salvation based on a action is a very dangerous thing to do and what is EXACTLY what is wrong with the church today. If this person is saying that going out and getting drunk on said Friday night excludes you from Christianity then lets look a little deeper at the things that should also disqualify you from “the club”.
Shall I go on? Hopefully you are catching what I’m smelling right now. Do you think that the person that tweeted this out has ever done any of the above this past week? Do you think that going out and getting drunk on a Friday night is any worse that the above list? Wanna know a secret? NO ITS NOT! God does not weigh your sins; that is for another religion. This thing we call Christianity is not a religion but a relationship that is based on one thing and one thing only; a real relationship with Jesus Christ. One that will involve you making mistakes and having a lapse of judgment. It does NOT take away your salvation or disqualify you from being a Christian. It makes you the very reason that Jesus died on that cross over 2,000 years ago; so you can make a mistake and still have eternal life and follow Him (aka being a Christian)
I guess what bothers me so much about this is because whoever this was directed at is not nurturing or loving as Jesus would be but instead judgmental and assumptive. This one tweet could lead so many people astray and today there is simply no room or time for it. I would further say that everyone reading this, including myself, could be guilty of everything on that above list at one time or another; what does that mean? It means we are sinners needing of Grace, not judgement from someone that clearly does not understand the meaning of being a Christ follower. Am I advocating going out and getting drunk? Of course not! As Christ followers we should always strive to live for Him the best we can, but unlike this guy on Twitter, Jesus is there to pick us up, dust us off, and get us back on the road.
My friends, let us stand together! In this world today the last thing we need is to be divisive. We need to first understand what TRULY being a Christ follower is all about, then supporting one another WHEN we fall. Can we do that today? Can we stop with the divisiveness and judgmental comments and viewpoints? Give me your thoughts; either comment here on this post or drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (No you wont be put on a mailing list, just some conversation). Have a great Saturday everyone..
Peace, Love, and Truth,
Good morning everyone and welcome to Friday! This has been a crazy week which I am looking forward to an ending. My youngest son is getting married and my Dolphins FINALLY play their first game. (Can’t decide which is higher on my priority list, its close). Just kidding, we all know what comes first…. 😉
So, my bride and were watching the final episode of The Bachelor the other night and the that is when the topic of this blog finally hit me. Well, it has been an ongoing issue in my head but the situation we saw took the cake. Please know first I am not judging this person for their action just making an opinionated observation…
So there was this couple and they had to make a decision to either part ways from “paradise” or leave the island as a couple. Part of that decision making process included a potential fantasy suite where they can officially consummate their relationship. I’m no prude to think that people actually wait to have sex before marriage anymore (even though I raised three boys that did just that) but life happens and sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. Anyway it came down to this one couple and what happened now shocked even me; USUALLY it is the guy that can’t wait to get in the suite but in this case it was reversed; it was HER. Look, I get it women have needs too but this is what she said, “before I can fall in love with you, I NEED to have sex with you just to make sure its right”. Seriously?? Has the bar really dropped so low that women have no romance or class about them anymore? If there are any out there please comment so I have some hope left….The bigger picture though really is two-fold and here it is….
Friends, I guarantee you that the relationship situation above never works out. I mean, I am sure the guy agreed, and they had a wild night but don’t we want more than that anymore? The show talks alot about finding love when really all they are finding is more people to have sex with. Granted there have been a couple of cases where people have actually fell in love and gotten married but folks even a clock is right twice a day…We need to set the bar higher!! Ladies and Gentleman, saving yourself for marriage is not something to be taken lightly, it takes strength, courage, and a devotion to others than transcends almost anything. So it does in other areas like how we talk to people, how we show love to other people, the language we use, I could go on and on but the message stays the same. We need to have higher expectations of ourselves and of others; we do not need to accept mediocrity in the name of political correctness. We know what is right from wrong, we make the choice…
Today, whether it is at work, home, or in that relationship it is never too late to start setting higher expectations from others. I often have battles in my family over this in that I expect better from them than most. Granted I am not perfect myself, and I’m not asking for perfection, but what I and all of you should ask for is to set the bar higher just as the fish does above. Where you set your expectations, is where you yourself will go; start a new trend and aim for that higher fishbowl….
Peace and Love,