When I drive now more than ever I am very defensive. People seem to be making irresponsible choices to text or stare at their phones now… a lot. It is their choice to do so, as it is my choice to make responsible choices and drive carefully with the phone down and on silent. That is one example.
I am not responsible for anyone else’s choices but my own and I am fully responsible for my own. I own them. What I do, I am responsible for. How I treat others, I am responsible for. What I say, I am fully responsible for. And the thing is, this is true of every single soul God created.
When we meet God soon in heaven, we will each account for our words and actions and choices. There will be no one to blame, no getting out of it, no reasoning it away or excusing it for emotional or hormonal drives. No, it is yes or no. Even now, as distracted as we are it is yes or no. Responsible choice? “Yes” or “no”. And anything added to “no” does not make it less of a “no”. ❤
When you take a step in the fog, it is an act of faith based on the security of pavement underneath you that will hold you up. You can’t always see it or doubt its ability to support your weight. The fog is just too thick at that moment. That is what faith is… trusting what you cannot see at that moment. And in the spiritual realm, that is the way of it. When we are secure in our salvation through Jesus Christ by accepting His security under us, we have faith that we are secure in Him even when we are blinded by a myriad of distractions around us. We are never insecure, never ever without God or His eternal security, no matter what other noise surrounds us. Faith is the key. Believe it no matter what we are seeing. Say it out loud. Believe it. Know it. We may not see our spiritual eternal security but it is there and will always be there. That empowers us to rest in God’s security and do our love work in appreciation and obedience. That is so cool!😄❤
I still wonder this, “If the first will be last and the last will be first, why are there so many churches with ‘First’ in their name?” And I think that is a legit question. I like “Jesus’ Humble Church” or “Truth of Jesus’ Redemption Church” or “Saved Amidst Struggling Side by Side Church of Jesus” or “Church Serving & Studying Jesus Together” of “Church of Jesus’ Truth”. All these are great. And I know that what is going on in thr church is way more important than the name, but I think it sets the mindset. Is the church uplifting itself or its building or Jesus? Do you think when God rapture the church out of here He will weigh who has the prettiest or biggest building to meet in? Or how big your KJV Version Bible is? Ha! He is going to look at everyone’s heart and see who is close to Him and worshipping Him. That needs to be our focus personally, in our family, in our church and in missions. Humble worship and service and relationship with Jesus. That’s where the eternal action is. Right there. Get that down and you got the right stuff.❤
Busch Gardens was packed today as I took my kids there for the last day of our passes, and crowds were thick for every ride, every show. And as I stood with my daughter on the top of the line (almost finished with our 45 minute wait) awaiting the skyride, I looked out over those in line behind us. I saw many people en masse, many cultures, many languages, many religions. I had a sudden burden for the many I was seeing who were lost spuritually. I had a sudden burdened heart for people and prayed for their salvation right there and then. So many there. And Jesus had that burden for His people who rejected Him in Jerusalem and all Israel. And how He must have that same thing over any of His precious created ones who reject Him. I felt it today for my fellow created ones. I saw people even at such an entertaining and beautiful place as Busch Gardens still unable to look away from their cell phones. I saw some people ignoring their kids, preferring their phones, I saw people in Burkas, I saw Hindi third eyes marked, I saw people bored and irritated. Perhaps some or most of these were saved but it felt like many were not. My heart felt a burden for them. I prayed. And I think that is what we need to do. When we are burdened, pray. Then be the best example and light possible. And who knows what a difference that makes. God knows. Someday we will know also in eternity.❤
It has rained foe several days now. In Florida, that really doesn’t happen tons. We get rain often, almost daily, but it is only for a brief time and we see sun and blue skies again. We are spoiled by this. Several days of rain and gray clouds in miserable to us because of the contrast to what we are used to and a turn from our steady source of vitamin D from the sun. But such is life. I whine to not see the sun. However, we needed this rain, being behind for thr month. The plants and trees and crops need this quencher. It will be gone soon, but it was just what they needed, and we people are not God’s only creation and reaponsibility.
When we get to a season of steady problems, regular issues one after another, it is easy to get myopic and think poor me or get angry or just depressed, but we are not the only one God looks after. He works on our weeknesses in our temperaments and molds us into greater faith and reliance on Him and answers all humble prayers, true. But there are others around us being worked on and loved on in different phases as well. And maybe they need you to go through some stuff so you can empathize and help them later. Our struggles are part of a bigger story and we are, through them, working on having a much better forever in eternity in just a little while. Heaven is next after this world and all its troubles are over. So I’ll take the rain and troubles and learn what I can. No worries. I have heaven to prepare for.❤
Things affect us. Some for the better and some unfortunately for the worse. We are finite in a world system hell bent on destroying us. This is just how it is. We saved ones have a home in heaven for eternity but there are a plethora of distractions decidedly fighting for control of our viewpoint and attention.
The really cool thing is that God is far far above all that noise. There are no extenuating circumstances with Him, no contingencies, no distractions. God is the same always no matter what and is so much greater than these things that work feverishly against us. God is the clarity, the truth, the peace, the joy, the love. All that is good and limitlessly consistent and dependable is Him. God is it. If you want a rock, a fortress, a retreat, a cuddle spot, a home, God is it. Jesus (God thr Son) is our way to God thr Father. He is the only door through which to enter the eternal God for He is the bridge from the physical realm to the immortal, eternal realm we will spend eternity in. I want to enter eternity with God who is good rather than any other way. Eternity counts and is far more valuable than the spitting on it we humans do. The enemy does not want people to ponder their eternal life destination or he would lose the lie and we would reject him. God does not use trickery. It is all given to us in His Bible and He lives and deals in truth. God is not changeable n or movable. He is perfect as He is.❤
Today my second cousin passed away. She was a mom of two, husband of one and was only 51 years old. She had beat breast cancer and had been in remission for 7 plus years. All of a sudden, she got sick and it was all over her body and in two weeks she was gone. She was absolutely beautiful with a happy, cheerful disposition. I had hoped to see her again but will have to wait a bit now. It is sobering when someone close to you and close to your age dies. It is not the first time. We are never promised tomorrow, some hypothetical construct. We have today. We must make the most of it with that eternal perspective. We need to be ready and close to Jesus. There is no fear close to Him and no insecurity either. Stay close to God and kiss and love your loved ones as often as possible. Live today. Love today.❤