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Love Your Neighbor. Truly.

As I look at this world which seems to get darker every day, I can get quite discouraged. All I can do is pray that those who do not know Jesus, will come to know Him. Afterall, we will never have peace in this world until He returns, and for all those who know Him, that will be a truly glorious day.

I get disgusted by the news, the behavior of those in the dark, the immorality of our culture. Sometimes it is just too much to comprehend. And then I remember, that I was one of those people…

How soon we forget.

Being a Christian is not about being right, although there are so many caught in arguments right now trying to prove just that.

Being a Christian has nothing to do with pride.

Being a Christian is not about us.

It is all about Jesus and who He is and we can start by loving others.

It doesn’t mean we condone the culture, but we love them enough to share the Good News with them.

Someone once did that for me. I wouldn’t have heard her message about Jesus if it was clouded with her telling me how wrong I was. She didn’t condone my choices, but she also guided me to the truth in love. And in order for me to hear her, she first established a relationship with me, truly invested in my life, and took care to know about me. 

We can’t expect an unbelieving culture to behave like believers, but we can start by showing them how a true believer behaves.

I encourage you to listen to this story and then go out and love on others…especially those who are not the same as you. How can we show them God’s love if we don’t love them first?

 

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Keeping the Main Thing, The Main Thing

 

It is easy to lose sight of the important things in our world today. The distractions are constantly pulling us away and before we know it our focus shifts from the important to the secondary details. Our culture is saturated with filling up on excess, seeking pleasures and comfort, and we forget why we are doing the things we do.

Today I am talking about keeping the main thing, the main thing- whether it is in the big things or the little things, let’s purpose to fix our eyes on the things that matter.

 

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Embracing The End…Because God is Faithful

I have always, always, always loathed the end of summer…as you all know summer is my favorite. I love the heat, I love the sunshine, the garden, the flowers, yes…even the humidity. (I know, I know…I’m crazy.)

But I just love everything about summer. So about this time of year, as the sun starts to set noticeably earlier just a bit each night, the mornings become a bit cooler, and the stores’ shelves are screaming “back to school,” I usually start to seep into a bit of sadness. Sometimes I get really depressed.

All that we waited for (yes, I wait all year for summer!), all we anticipated…it’s already passing by.

We remark casually,

“Where did summer go?” and,  “It went by so fast!”

Every year we say those same things. I grumble about it all ending and brace myself for the cooler days that will turn into just plain freezing days, and those early dark nights. 

But this year something changed.

As I sat on my deck last night with my littlest guy and we talked about summer coming to an end, I said, 

“You know what? This year I am not sad. I am looking forward to the season change.”

Yes, I almost surprised myself! 

But we continued to talk about the marvelous reality that summer always comes again. As does every season. 

The seasons that change reveal God’s faithfulness to us.

I said to my son,

“The beauty is summer will come back. Just like it always does.”

It’s not like in thousands of years of human history, God has ever said,

“Nope. Summer is cancelled this year.”

We talked about how it’s a beautiful thing to notice the constants in our life that God has ordained because He is the Creator and He is a God of order.

The sun rises every single day and sets every single day. There is never a day that God has said, “Today the sun will not rise.”

And when we look past our own comforts and wants and pleasures and get to know God through every season, it becomes much easier, in fact necessary, to embrace the end…knowing He is faithful.

And we also look ahead knowing, the end is not truly the end…even when this world passes away, He who has promised us eternal life is faithful.

 

 

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