1Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.3For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.… Romans 12:2
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15:19)
No need to stand off balance and alone.The Bible encourages companions who stand firm and keep us from being foolish.
“He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
“A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a [friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if twolie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone?”
I am always disturbed when I hear of children who are cast-offs. Our world has grown careless with its real treasures. We would never throw away gold, but these little ones are much more precious than any gem.
I am grateful that there are those in the world who have hearts willing to pour their love into a heart and rekindle precious smiles.
“He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.'”
We all wonder what our tomorrow’s will be. We also can fear that we won’t meet up to the expectations of Heaven. Faith is closing our eyes and trusting that our feet will meet solid ground with each new step. Easy? No! Possible? YES!!!
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
I am daily graced by the kindness of others. The gesture need not be a grand one but just in a simple act, a smile, a word kindly spoken. The difference can have a profound effect on a person’s day. Try it!
“Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.:
“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
The “gate” in the Bible is mentioned like the fork in the road. There is a broad gate to destruction people are distracted by stuff, pleasure, and gain but the end result is eternal pain. There are trials, stumbling, disappointment when you walk through narrow gate but at the end is rejoicing where Jesus awaits.
“Make every effort to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. After the master of the house gets up and shuts the door, you will stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’
But he will reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’
Luke 13:24 & 25
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Matthew 17: 13 & 14
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Yesterday we had a yard sale and one of the family’s that came by had a boy 6 and a girl 8. The little boy had big round glasses that made his eyes looked like globes full of wonder. The Lord saw children as precious with an ability to see Heaven. I’ve often why we need to see Heaven and God as children maybe it is because children are guileless. They would see Heaven for its beauty rather than for what “they can get” from God. I never want to stop marveling at a golden sunsets, giggle when I see squirrels chase each other up and down oak trees, or tease the waves with my toes.
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked,”Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And He said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 18:2 & 3
“Therefor, whoever takes the lowliest position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
“For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.”
Those of you who know me know that I have this expanse in my heart for children who are orphaned, abandoned, abused. I lived in the land of Forsaken as a child and I am grateful. I’ve been grateful to share (my lap or hand) with so many timid, hurting children. As the scrawny little hand reaches out she can see “It” in my eyes and can trust the love that God has sent.