Three One Six

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Martin Luther King Jr.

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Focused

in focusWith the constant distractions, the busyness of work, or the grind of our daily routine, it can be so easy to lose our focus. Though sometimes we think we are focused on whats important, we may be missing the bigger picture and missing out on what is going on around us. We can so easily become oblivious to anything outside of our little world.

I was abruptly reminded of that Tuesday morning while at work. A lady came in my store and asked if she could use our phone. I almost issued my standard reminder that I have to use on some employees, a reminder of it being a business phone, so as to put an emphasis on the importance of keeping it short, but before I could do so, she quite calmly stated that she had “left her phone in her apartment and couldn’t get back in”. It was about this time that I realized that the she was not calm at all, but rather in shock and in disbelief as she continued, “I need to dial 911. My husband locked me out of the house and committed suicide and I can’t back in.” My focus returned instantly!

I became aware again of a hurting world, of hurting people and the seeming lack of love for fellow humanity. Too busy. Too consumed with self. Too afraid, important, or whatever excuse we use, to show the love of Christ to a lost and hurting world.

Lord help me to continually keep the focus on You, and showing Your love to everyone I meet.

Husbands and Wives

marriageI have all too often heard and read husbands quote Ephesians 5:22, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.” as a way to CONTROL their wives…COMPLETELY dismissing how the scripture later instructs husbands to act concerning their wives beginning in Ephesians 5:25, where it states “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her”…AND…”husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself”…AND…”must love his wife as he loves himself”.

Not to mention that if you really get down to it…if you say you love your wife, then you MUST define that love. Does it meet the guidelines of what the scripture says love is? Can you say that you love your wife as it states in 1 Corinthians 13:3? “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

Remember this husbands….if we are to love our wives as Christ loved the church, and Christ is our example in everything…then our love MUST be as outlined in 1 Corinthians…OR…we are not honoring God.

“He who finds a wife finds what is good
and receives favor from the Lord” Proverbs 18:22

God Made Flesh

    The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

So thankful for the ultimate gift. The gift of a savior who would pay the ultimate price for our salvation.

Christ left the heavenly realm to live life as a man, still fully God, wrapping himself in human frailty to not only be an example to us, but to give that same life for us.

Merry Christmas!

In Times Like These…..

Photo courtesy of HopeinJesus.org

Photo courtesy of HopeinJesus.org

It is In Times Like These that I am reminded just how dark, cold, confused, completely hopeless the world seems.

With the devastating news of a gunman walking into an elementary school and opening fire on little children in a kindergarten class…I am reminded of just how much we all need Jesus!

Let’s face it…as much as we would like to pretend that everything is just fine, and go on about our lives as if everything is perfect…it most definitely is not! There is no way to explain why someone would walk into a kindergarten classroom and kill 18 innocent children…other than the indisputable fact that there is evil in this world.

In Times Like These…it becomes abundantly clear that our only hope is Jesus. Anything else is hollow.

The world needs light. The world needs clarity. The worlds needs hope. The world needs Jesus!