I have written about the simplicity of God and Christ and how the simplicity of life is you and your relationship with God. Work on your relationship with God and the rest will fall into place.
I cited Matthew 6:1-8 which is part of the Sermon on the Mount. Christ talks about how your relationship with God is just between you and God. Christ talks about getting your heart straight with yourself and with God. Once this is accomplished or I should say as you keep improving your relationship with God, the rest of your life will fall in line.
When I ponder this I think about how this is also true with music or any art. Your music, your art is a very private affair. Continue reading
The other day I was having a conversation with a friend. At the time they were lamenting about their current financial situation just as we were passing some rather expensive beachfront homes. They made a comment and used the term “have and have nots”, presuming that one class is suppressing the other class.
I was a bit taken aback by this line of conversation as I have always considered this friend to be a wise and no nonsense kind of person. I left the statement go as I know sometimes when we are just letting off steam and thinking out loud, we let things fly that we really didn’t mean. I turned the conversation to something else.
Later that night when I was alone I thought about that statement, the “have and have nots”. It’s certainly been used for political gain by the so called “haves” to work up those who consider themselves the “have nots”. But as I thought about it and how my friend had gotten themselves into their financial situation, I knew and I really think they honestly knew, it had nothing to do with someone else taking what was theirs.
Then I thought it’s not the “have and have nots”. It’s the “did and did nots”. Continue reading
Today’s post is about three of the most overused and misused words on social media and mass media.
When I was younger I don’t recall these words being used so liberally across the fabric of society. I guess it’s just more results from the dumbing down of civilization.
From what I see and read the bar has been set pretty low and keeps getting lower.
OK, so what are these three overused and misused words? Continue reading
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
This is just a short piece for Thanksgiving.
Perhaps every day should be a day of thanksgiving. Every day you open your eyes and draw a breath is another day of a gift we were given. Every day you can wake up and have a thought and a feeling is more precious than any other thing on earth.
Yet we set aside one day a year to appreciate all that we have every day. Continue reading
What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite books in the entire Bible and King Solomon is one of my favorite persons in the Old Testament.
The above passage talks about the most recurring theme from all of King Solomon’s writing.
The theme that’s been my words to live by, which is summed up in verse 13. Continue reading
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
This verse caught my attention when I read it. What made me stop and write it down was the paradigm shift I had when I read it.
I originally thought this verse to mean you think and act according to worldly wants and desires and you pay the price. You think and act of God and you are saved.
I still believe that, but this time I saw an affirmation of my belief in the simplicity of life and God. I saw the simplicity of getting your relationship with God and in doing so you are filled with the energy, the will, the Holy Spirit of God. Continue reading
Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
On a Sunday night of a rather busy and tiring weekend, after my wife and I had finished some pizza and wine, I decided I had enough of the day. My wife was engaged in her social media while I just vegged out in front of the TV, aimlessly wondering the channels.
I searched the usual channels but as is normally the case, nothing of any interest was on. I decided to start at the beginning and work my way through every channel at my disposal.
I quickly skimmed through the major networks followed by some of the local stations. Next up on the dial were the kid channels. As I passed through this section of programming, there it was, a piece of my childhood, Walt Disney’s Pinocchio. Continue reading