There are a LOT of people who have a LOT to say, nowadays it seems as though the most words are said by our televisions and not by people. I myself am guilty of liking peace and quiet, and go some days all day long without saying very many words at all. But what happened to conversation? Most people walk around (or even drive) with a phone in their hands without saying one word out loud to an individual on the other end of the line. Nope, we Text, we Snap, we Instant Message, Tweet, Facebook, Instagram, each other. There are words, but they are not expressed. Emoji's have evolved to try to help deliver our true angst, delight, sadness, disgust, happiness, or how hard we laugh. And I have to wonder what our future is going to be like for our children.
You can order everything you need online. You never have to walk outside your door. You can work from home. You can bank from home. You can pay your bills online. You can go to school online. So outside of your home, there is very little you would HAVE to do, if you'd rather set your life up to be at home.
Yet, the Word says, "love your neighbor" Mark 12:31
and, "let him speak as the oracles of God" 1 Peter 4:11
and "let your speech be always with grace.." Colossians 4:6
So how many words do you speak that show love? Do you know your neighbors? Do you speak to them or visit them or do you even speak to or visit your friends?
How about speaking as the oracles of God? Do you share the Word with others? Do you talk to people about Christ? Do you read your Bible so you can share it?
Speaking with grace is tough sometimes, especially when people are hateful, or rude, or don't understand. Yet, can you speak with grace to others? Do you even spend any part of your day showing your appreciation for God and his grace to those around you? Did you say ANYTHING to anyone today?
Sometimes I wonder what Emoji God would like to text us sometimes. One thing is for sure, there is no excuse not to speak and engage and invest time in others. Lots of times in our lives, family or friends consume and demand our time and attention. That's understandable, I've been in that spot for a long time. But when we have the opportunity to talk to others, show our love for others, share the Word with others and show God's grace through our actions and our words and we embrace that opportunity- think of what an IMPACT that can have on others.
People of the world these days are wrapped up in technology, tv, work, success, entertainment, etc.
THINK of how shocked and grateful, and impressed they could be if we just reached out and used the right WORDS.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Today, with all the unrest in our country, the killings, the hatred, the rioting, the belittling of those who are different- (including Christians) it is time that we look at the root of all these things. What causes people to disregard others feelings to be ugly to them? What causes people to feel it is okay to destroy others property? What causes people to hate other people? What causes people to think that killing an innocent person is okay?
One thing is lacking. The RESPECT of others. If you respect someone, you VALUE them.
Think about that.
If you value humanity, if you are taught to respect others:
- You will strive to love others. God tells us to love others. He gave His Son to die for EVERYONE. Everyone is worthy of His death, His sacrifice, His love. We should love others as Christ loved us. You know those people who run to save others, even at risk of their own lives, that's the kind of people we all should be. We should find the good in every person, it's there- no matter how hard you have to look- we are all made in the image of God (Gen. 1:27)- GOOD is in there.
- We will value what we are given. Things are temporal, they are all blessings. God gives us everything of which we have need. Matthew 6:26, He cares about us, he provides for us When we understand this we would never destroy others property, steal, or complain about what we have. We know God gives us all that is necessary to live a good, godly life. (2 Peter 1:3-4).
- You will value words. You won't text hateful things. You won't use curse words, or take God's name in vain. You won't attack people for believing in God, you won't attack people who don't. You will show concern, you should share HIS WORD. You will apologize if you hurt someones feelings, and you will try not to ever do it again. You will forgive people when they hurt you. You will strive to uplift, encourage and show other Christians that you appreciate them. God gave us his written Word, it's important, words are important. Choose wisely.
- You will value life. You will live in a way that shows that you understand the great creation of life. You will understand that God gives life. Job 33:4 "The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life." He made each and every one of us.
We can hate, fill our lives with ugly words, look out for ourselves and no one else, cry and pout when we don't get our way, we can destroy others' property, we can steal, cheat, lie and kill. We can, we can do all that and you know what? God still loved our dirty terrible sinful selves enough to let his child DIE for us. The big problem most have is, they don't want to quit doing for themselves, they serve self. They serve what "feels" good to them. IF you serve God - you don't "DO YOU" you "SERVE HIM" - that requires you obeying His Word.
He DIED for you. He valued YOU. He respected YOU. Turn away from hate. Turn away from words that are vile. Look to do for others. Learn to cope with disappointment. Take care of what God has given you. Share that with others. Tell the truth. Value LIFE.
LIVE IT FOR THE ONE WHO DIED FOR YOU.
Be the Blessing.