The Individual

The Individual

Micah 4:4

but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
    and no one shall make them afraid,
    for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.

When I read this verse, I thought that I had already written about it.  But as I reviewed my previous writings, I discovered the verse I had already written about was this one from 1 Kings 4:25.

And Judah and Israel lived in safety, from Dan even to Beersheba, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, all the days of Solomon.

I referenced this verse from 1 Kings in my post, “Every Man Under His Vine”, and in that post I referenced another post which was titled, “Candy Cried”.  The thought in these posts and verses, is of an individual having a place in life to live as an individual, a place to sow and reap the fruits of their labor. Continue reading

Leave The Past Behind

Leave The Past Behind

(This is a previous post, but I thought its sentiments are a good start for 2019.)

The other evening I read 2 Samuel Chapters 11 and 12.  It’s the story of King David, Bathsheba and the price David paid for his sins.

If you’re not familiar with the story here is a recap.

One day King David is up on the roof of his house looking around.  He looks down and sees Bathsheba taking a bath.  She is described as “very beautiful”.  David wants to know who she is.  He asks and is told she is the wife of another man. This doesn’t stop David, he has her brought to him and then next thing you know Bathsheba is pregnant with David’s baby.

David knows that this isn’t going to look good.  The holy king knocking up another man’s wife. Continue reading

The Weight Of Your Burdens

The Weight Of Your Burdens

The other day I had numerous burdens on my shoulders.

At one point I stopped my worried thought and said to myself “I have all these worries and not one of them is of my doing.”

Not one of them came about because of a decision I had made or course of action that I had chosen. Yet here were these burdens I was carrying on my shoulders.

Now I dealt with each one of them the best I could and in a few days they were lifted, but at any time they could and probably would revisit.

I asked myself “Why do people place these burdens on me?”

I thought that would be a good subject for a post but as I started to write this piece a number of days removed from the situation I realized only one person placed those burdens on my shoulders. Continue reading

Leave The Past Behind

Leave The Past Behind

The other evening I read 2 Samuel Chapters 11 and 12.  It’s the story of King David, Bathsheba and the price David paid for his sins.

If you’re not familiar with the story here is a recap.

One day King David is up on the roof of his house looking around.  He looks down and sees Bathsheba taking a bath.  She is described as “very beautiful”.  David wants to know who she is.  He asks and is told she is the wife of another man. This doesn’t stop David, he has her brought to him and then next thing you know Bathsheba is pregnant with David’s baby.

David knows that this isn’t going to look good.  The holy king knocking up another man’s wife. Continue reading

Leave The Past Behind

Leave The Past Behind

The other evening I read 2 Samuel Chapters 11 and 12.  It’s the story of King David, Bathsheba and the price David paid for his sins.

If you’re not familiar with the story here is a recap.

One day King David is up on the roof of his house looking around.  He looks down and sees Bathsheba taking a bath.  She is described as “very beautiful”.  David wants to know who she is.  He asks and is told she is the wife of another man. This doesn’t stop David, he has her brought to him and then next thing you know Bathsheba is pregnant with David’s baby.

David knows that this isn’t going to look good.  The holy king knocking up another man’s wife. Continue reading

The Weight Of Your Burdens

The Weight Of Your Burdens

The other day I had numerous burdens on my shoulders.

At one point I stopped my worried thought and said to myself “I have all these worries and not one of them is of my doing.”

Not one of them came about because of a decision I had made or course of action that I had chosen. Yet here were these burdens I was carrying on my shoulders.

Now I dealt with each one of them the best I could and in a few days they were lifted, but at any time they could and probably would revisit.

I asked myself “Why do people place these burdens on me?”

I thought that would be a good subject for a post but as I started to write this piece a number of days removed from the situation I realized only one person placed those burdens on my shoulders. Continue reading

RELAX

RELAX

To all the millennials, Generation Xer’s, and even some of you left over Baby Boomers, out there losing your minds over the latest election results, I say the following, “RELAX”.

Why do I say that?

Experience, and this is primarily aimed at all you millennials who sorely lack the one thing that no one or nothing can give to you, only time.

Experience has shown me that in the grand scheme of things, meaning your and my insignificant existence, whoever wins the Presidency, the House or the Senate really doesn’t matter. Continue reading