Last week my children bought home their school pictures, I looked at them and thought they were really cool..So, I went and bought frames for them and not only did I hang the 8 by 10’s in the living room…I put the 5 by 7’s into frames and took them to work to put on my desk..You heard right..I didn’t take the wallet sized ones or the 4 by 6 that would be too small and everyone that passed my desk wouldn’t see it..They had to be noticeable..they are pics of my children..
When people would pass they would make comments …”Look how cute”, “They’re getting big aren’t they”, “they look just like you” You know those comments that make you smile…but then there’s that one person that stops you and wants to have a conversation about your children..that happened this morning..One of my co-workers stopped and said…”So these are your little ones who are still home with you..and this is the infamous Benjamin…..heyyy Benjamin” she said with a smile..I started to tell her how proud I was of them.. they are taking the Staar test this week, but they are doing great..And this one’s on the honor roll and that one is playing basketball and he made a lot of points last week and made player of the week..
Let me tell you nothing brings joy to a parents heart and brightens their face more than talking about their children…they suddenly become assets…Even when our children are younger, we don’t complain about how tired we are from being up all night..we want the cute picture of them walking for the first time..that’s where we build memories…
Beloved…Our Father is the same way with us..If He had a wallet I’m certain He’d have all our pictures in it.. Picture it, He calls Gabriel to Himself and says..Take a look at my son/daughter…and Gabriel says something like..”Yes Lord I’ve seen them 20 times today” Just as we like to make mention of the good things our children do and not really the bad..God is that way with us. He’s not constantly rehearsing the things you’ve done wrong..A parent wants to show everyone their children because of one reason..They’re their children, and they love them, and they want everyone else to know it..
I look at my children’s pics periodically throughout the day…and it reminds me of how our names are written in the Father’s hand. Our names are written in His book of life if we have accepted Him, and He loves us unconditionally, I see my children and think..look at how mature your becoming..now it doesn’t mean your perfect but my I remember you from when you were so small you could fit in the palm of my hands…and here you are…growing up, and sometimes it’s really neat when you start seeing your resemblance in them and you know your children were placed here to live your legacy and it’s worth the investment.
Remember that movie Les Miserables…I relished in that one scene when the thief Jean Valjean breaks in and steals the silver from the priest..
Did you notice that in the scene the man wakes up…and walks into the room and sees the thief…he looks him directly in the eye…and Jean actually slaps him.
He wakes the next day as though nothing happened..
Personally, I would have been offended..but not this man..something was quite remarkable about him..
It was only right for him to require justice as the man was caught..but knowing what had happened with the police ready and willing to do justice…The priest looks him in the eye being apprehended by the authorities and says..”You forgot these candle sticks they were most expensive”
Who gives away more of what’s valuable to a thief who has robbed them??
This story reminds me of so many things I could make commentary on right now..but the mercy and the grace of the priest..everyone knows that this is a crime deserving a penalty..and possibly of death, but at least jail time. After all this man is as a commoner…and the priest well, at least he has status..but the man of status forgives..and he releases someone who offends him greatly…even violently assaults him..
Would you let it go?? Would you have done this..Just a thought?
Do you know anyone who has?
This morning I felt compelled to write regarding what I studied in my quiet time..although many mornings I’m awake and in the world before the break of day..and there’s always something wonderful that comes out of that time…It’s my personal date time with God..and some things He shares that are truly amazing I keep to my self..while other things I tweet throughout the day…
This was one of those moments I felt impressed to share in hopes this will bless someone..
Is there anything in your life that seems too big for you to overcome on your own…get that in your mind..Just think through this..do you need anything to be bought down to a size where you can walk on top of it as opposed to it lurking over you..
David had such a situation in the text I read on this morning. I’d just finished the story of Nabal and Abigail..and saw how God stretched out Nabal on behalf of David, even though David intended to raise his hand against this man an all his men..God took care of that enemy immediately..but there was yet another…more powerful, more significant enemy that David had to contend with almost daily. From living in his father’s lavished house where he could go out and come in as he pleased shepherding the sheep, to the palace playing his harp for the king..right up to killing a lion, a bear and a philistine champion David is now on the run for his life from a king who has position but no power..Ever had some situation like that in your life. It appears that this thing/person has the last say..but they really have no power at all unless power if given from God.
Well, there had been several occasions Saul left the lavished comfort of his palace with ALL his fighting men to pursue a man who didn’t even care to harm him..
And on occasions even though God would never turn David over to Saul….it was apparent God was favoring David in this context..
Put a pin there..I wanted to tell you..there’s nothing like God’s favor!
David had opportunities to hard the man who was literally chasing him to harm him, but he chose against putting his hands on the Lord’s anointed..
Put a pin there… how good are you about not putting your mouth or pen on authority or others who seems to be out to harm you?
This time I’m reading 1 Sam 26 and we can clearly see that God has did it again..He puts Saul clean into David’s hand and Saul and ALL his 3,000 men are literally like footstools under David’s feet, that David could have chosen either way and walked away unscathed…because He was a man of war…not that little boy his brother criticized for coming out to the battle against Goliath to check on them and bring food…David was a warrior..but he also was a man after God’s own heart..and because of this his enemies were made his footstool…even though it wasn’t as fast as with Nabal…David predicted that Saul would die at some point, either by old age, in battle or some other way at the Lord’s hand as with Nabal…the Lord struck him down..David realized there was a reason Saul was staying alive..and however long God wanted he was okay…
Put a pin there and let’s have a side bar as I close…
David was willing to run for his life some more..instead of just killing his enemy…How many of us are willing to do that…As opposed to having guilt on his hand..He took the water jub and spear..and called King Saul on it..but this man was in no way trying to harm his king..we should learn a lesson from this since we have seen by this example if we have God’s favor the king can’t harm us anyway regardless of his position..he had no power!
Have you ever heard people say…”I put God first” when you ask them a question.. For instance you may ask How did you become so rich…and they say…”Well, I honored/put God first” This could mean they tithed with their money or gave to the poor or gave to missions at the church before they spent anything on themselves or for any other necessities…but either way they are acknowledging God in this particular area of life..Or what about those married couples that have been married 55 years and you ask them…How did you all stay married so long?? they don’t say..Well, you know couples in our day didn’t believe in divorce..this new generation is something else…no there’s something they acknowledge had to be constant…They say they “we put God first” in their marriage..as a concerted effort they are saying this is what will work for you..WE didn’t put our riches or our marriage before God…we put God above it…
Jesus says in such an amazing passage that we are to seek first His kingdom and all it’s righteousness and all these things would be added unto us..I think this is where these people lodge their claim…
They are saying that…in effect without me putting God in the forefront I would not have seen this moment when you get to ask me this question…
Now think with me for a moment about our society today…Every body who receives an award goes up and first says…”First I want to thank God for my success” And that could mean many things…you probably listened to their album or watched thier lifestyle and heard about them in the tabloids and said to yourself..this can’t possibly be right..Which God are they first honoring…For if they had any relationship with Yahweh God They wouldn’t be cussing and talking such foolery in their songs …or lifestyle.. it is true to put God first means this is what you are ultimately going after..
Let me tell you something ….Putting God first can be seen in this worldly example… Let’s say there’s a single mother, she is trying to rear up her children and her first goal is to provide for their needs.. this drives everything she does… Because her children are first it generates everything else she does, just as for the gang banger, robbing someone is their goal for the day because they are after one thing money..that’s the thing they are seeking above all else..so just as the mother gets up each morning when she doesn’t feel like it and when she does and she sacrifices to be at all the events with her children…and to do all she can to keep a roof over a head..she had a noble goal..and that’s what she wants to accomplish and it dictates all the decisions she makes…as a good mother…
So it is when we seek God’s kingdom first it dictates everything else we do because it is first…over and above all else..As the mother who gets up each day and goes to work and pays the bills and whatever she does affects her children..so it is with putting God first..He becomes the reason for everything else we do..and if we don’t see Him as purpose behind what we are doing.. we have ceased to keep Him in His proper position and have become like the world..
Every decision should be dictated by that which you honor and value most…so if that is God…Every decision is filtered through His philosophy not yours.. I believe that we should seek First His Kingdom..for if we get that first button right..all the others will follow suit..and we will be well prepared for each day we live!
I am perplexed today with a major thought…
I’m getting foggy, so I need to share this before I lose it…
We as believers don’t recognize or utilize the authority that has been given us nearly as often as we should..or could for that matter..
I was reading a passage of scripture today that had me leaping in my heart.. the question was…”If you can..” It was Jesus and He was speaking to a man who had a son who was “demon possessed” they had given the boy a label…called him epilepsy…but Jesus knew what it really was they were facing…The boy was taken to the disciples who couldn’t heal him…I wish I could labor on my thoughts on this……I’m really jumping in my seat…The man went looking for Jesus ..the best he found was His disciples…and they couldn’t do it..
People of God we are supposed to be representatives…The truth is..God wanted to heal that boy, and Jesus didn’t rebuke the father for coming..but He did rebuke the disciples…He called them a faithless…even unbelieving..
The man said to Jesus…if you can…do anything for my son..that would be nice…Jesus responded…If you can….. only believe and all things become possible..ALL emphasis are mine…but here’s my point..The disciples were supposed to be able to do it.. and they knew they were called to the carpet on it.. so they went to Jesus later and said..”Why? Why couldn’t we do it?” Jesus had already answered that question in front of the man..but they still didn’t get it..Jesus was saying in so many words…”GET A GRIP! CATCH ON ALREADY” They had an issue of unbelief…they didn’t have to do any extra works like fasting and prayer…that was only to help their unbelief…If that were the case everyone they healed would have needed fasting in prayer…Let us go to the next level as believers..for if we Can…But Believe!!!>All things will become possible to us!!
This morning I was studying the life of David again..this was before he was king…I looked closely at his life… before he was king and saw that God didn’t just choose him out of the blue…David always has the gift of leadership and administration..this was why he was chosen..
I discovered that even when David despaired of life…when he was running from Saul..his gift was still drawing people to him..always remember this…people are drawn to your gift..and as long as you will be willing to serve that to the world you will always have a valuable position…where you operate in your gifting..
Even while David was living in a cave…I was most shocked to see that 400 men went to him..simply so he could lead them..when you are “that thing that you are” when you are wearing your gift..you never have to look for success..it will most certainly come to you!
Are you connected to your real self? Have you seen half of what your capable of yet?
A few years ago, my children and I bought 2 parakeets..these were beautiful birds to look at…they are named Skylar and Tweetie..We loved them, but we kept them caged..We loved to look at them in the cage…and rarely let them out..When we bought them at the pet store their wings were clipped…but it wasn’t long before we decided that we would allow them out..We knew that there was no way those pretty birds weren’t created just to be pretty..they had a purpose other than eating the treats and seeds and drinking the water we sat in the crate…They had those wings for a reason.. the wings were built into them. Why were they so limited..since they could only fly for short periods in the crate..that wasn’t what they were created to do…
The first time we let them out..I believe they were in shock that they could fly so high..they weren’t chirping but at first it appeared they didn’t know what they were doing..running into walls and such…but before long..you would catch them up on a chandelier…before long you could catch them up too high to reach them…and this …we knew was what they were created to do..after awhile they allowed us to pet them every now and then and would even come and let us hold them ….that was really sweet..but Just as we could put the bird outside the house..we could not kill the flight…it came with the bird…they may not have known how to master every thing about the gift right away..but the gift was ALWAYS there..So it is with us..When the creator God makes us..we eat have our own beautiful designs..no two people are created the same although it appears we all have a twin somewhere..no one is born with our DNA..and no one can be us as we are..
I am unique..My ability to pray is unique, my ability to write is unique, the way I love on others is unique..my laugh came with me…my hair even came with me..and there will never be another me..because my gifts…came with me…and they can not be duplicated!
As flight goes with the birds and my purpose goes with me..so you have your own intrinsic value..have you found it yet?