Polyester, Not Cotton!

Boy, life has a way of smacking you in the face. I was walloped the other day as I set out on my way to work. I have an office in Washington D.C. and when I’m there, if the weather cooperates, I walk the 1.2 miles to work. I set out the other morning on a cold but beautiful day, invigorated and bundled in my long wool coat, scarf my wife gave me for Christmas, and my favorite Ugg gloves. Then, I learned that you have to wear polyester because if you wear cotton you’ll freeze to death sleeping on the Metro grate. Whack to the side of the head! 

As I came out of the coffee shop with my hot chocolate and croissant, there was a man sitting on a stoop with a cup asking for money. I stopped, dug into my pocket, and pulled out some bills. As I handed the money to him, he pointed to another man asleep on top of the grate to the Metro (the D.C. subway system), where warm air rises, and told me the guy was lucky he didn’t freeze to death last night. He schooled me on the fact that if you’re wearing cotton close to your body it will absorb the warm but damp air and will freeze. You can literally die, especially when the temperature falls to single digits, as it did that night. You have to wear polyester.

I walked away all bundled up headed to my warm office with my hot chocolate and croissant with my head spinning after that wack to the side of my head. Yes, I had given the man money.  I stopped and talked to him. I said, “God loves you!” But why didn’t I give him my hot chocolate and croissant? Why didn’t I give him my gloves and scarf—even my coat? After all, Jesus said, “Give to everyone who begs from you…” (Luke 6:30). That includes the shirt off your back!!!

I don’t want for anything. But others do. It was sobering to learn my polyester lesson. That was further brought home by Gloria. But I’ll save that for the next post.

Don’t turn your back on anyone in need. There are so many who need so much. I realize I have to do more. A lot more!!! Polyester, not cotton!

Enjoy the day and have a WONDERFUL week ahead!

It Never Fails!!!

The other day I wrote about every day being a GREAT day, no matter the circumstances. As always happens, my writing hits home personally. This time two days later when I wake up and it’s a horrible day, not the greatest day! It’s OK to be cheery and give advice but what happens when you can’t, or don’t, take you own advice?

What I did was reread my post about every day being the GREATEST day, no matter how you feel or what your situation is. I even went down the path of questioning if every day was the greatest day for Jesus. Did He ever just want to roll over, not listen to Satan yelling in His ear, and wallow in sorrow where His life was headed?

It took some time and thinking, sprinkled with some Bible reading, to come to the conclusion—and feeling—that it was indeed the greatest day ever. I was alive, I have the love of family and friends, but, most importantly, God loves me unconditionally, as He does you. I have been saved by the Cross, as have you. How can’t it be the greatest day ever?

Another great day today and another to come tomorrow. Remember: whatever happens on this earth is a blip on the dial of eternity. The promise of that eternity makes every day the greatest day!

Judge or Judged?

Are you a judge? I have news for you—there is only one judge and He is God. And we are all equally judged by the One Judge. In this day of social media, almost everyone is a judge. It’s easy to send out tweets left and right, or blog to your heart’s desire, judging this person or that. Heck, the news today is all about judging. It’s easy to judge. But what’s REALLY hard is looking at ourselves and thinking about how God must be judging us. Ouch!

The good thing is that God doesn’t judge as we judge. He doesn’t sit all high and mighty like we do looking down on others. God loves us equally and unconditionally. So his “judging” is out of love helping us to find our way. We “negative” judge. God judges “positive.” It’s a hard concept to wrap your head around but it makes sense if you think about it.

If you want to go on judging others, then expect to be judged in the same way. Jesus instructs us all too well in this as He says…

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,’” when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:1-5

That’s a big WOW to think about. Look at the plank in your eye before trying to remove a speck from someone else’s.

I’m going to try and look inward today at the big plank in my eye. And thinking about what God is thinking about that.

Have a GREAT day as we approach that AMAZING day when Jesus is born in our lives and hearts!

Jesus

Funny way to start a blog post, especially when I have been absent lately. And not very descriptive or creative. Jesus. What’s that all about anyway?

There is one name to call when you need help or guidance of any kind. Jesus. Nothing more. Jesus. It’s the most powerful name past, present, and future. Jesus. Just call Him and He will be there.

I know, I know, I know. This sounds all too pat and simplistic. Well, that’s exactly the message. It is simple. I write this so much I sound like a broken record to me! God intends life to be so very simple but we are the ones who complicate it. We over think, over live, and over everything. We’re not good at streamlining and simplifying life. Like a junk closet, we keep hoarding everything—emotions, would-of-could-ofs, feelings, etc. We don’t throw anything out in our lives; just stuff more into the closets that are our lives.

Jesus, Simple but all so very powerful. He’s never more than a heartbeat away. You just need to call out His name and meditate on it. Ask for help, direction, or anything else (including thanking Him). Or just bask in the glow of His light and warmth. Jesus. It’s that simple.

Find a quiet time and spot today. Jesus. That’s all you need to think about. The results will be amazing. Simple? Yes. Very.

Have a SPECTACULAR day!!!

Where is God?

That’s a good question to ask these days. Because if you look at the world, it seems that God is nowhere to be found. The news gets more depressing each day. It begs asking the question, “Where are you God?” Of course, God answers, “Right here.”

God is everywhere. He’s more a part of us than we will ever understand. After all, we were created in His image and likeness.

The problem is not with God. It’s with us. We are increasingly turning away from God in our lives. Not just separating “church” from “state” but almost literally ripping God out of our lives. The result is depressing. And it’s going to get worse, I hate to say.

You want a preview of where this all goes? Just read the Bible. The Israelites shut God out of their lives, caring more about gold and the things of this world. The result? A journey that should have taken 12 days or so took 40 years. And plague and pestilence along the way. When we turn our backs on God we are left to our own devices. And bad things follow.

Now is the time to turn to God, rather than away. Open up your mind and heart to LISTEN for and to God. Every way is the wrong way except the way to God in our lives. Depressing gives way to uplifting when we turn to God. The way gets a lot clearer. I know—sounds simple. But that’s exactly what it is. Simple.

Give a LISTEN for and to God today. That’s the first Secret to Life!

Me, Myself & I

Exactly the wrong way to think. That’s the problem with this world—too much thinking about me and not enough (any?) thinking about you. And count me in the camp. I need to spend less time thinking about myself and more time thinking about others.

We are so self-absorbed in ourselves, what we think, what we believe (or want to), and what we are going to do next that we lose sight of others. That’s why this world is so self-absorbed—because we are so self-absorbed.

Can you imagine if Jesus acted like we do? No dedication of His life, no sacrifice, no cross, no saving us from ourselves. But Jesus took the opposite view. It was all about you and me; not Him.

As we turn away from “religion” and even thinking about what Jesus did for us this world becomes worse. Our worlds become worse. I know my life becomes worse when I take my (too) frequent “religious” vacations and just get too caught up in this world, especially my world.

It’s time for us all to reflect on how much time we spend thinking about ourselves versus others. Jesus is that perfect model of service to others and, in the process, making the world a better place. We need to follow and live that model. And, if we do, the world will become a better place.

Have a FANTASTIC day looking outward beyond yourself!!!

Only One Holding You Back is You!!!

I put this quote on my Facebook page this morning…

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

We hold ourselves back; no one else. We are our biggest enemy. We let the devil’s whisper of doubt eat away at our confidence. “You can’t do that!” “You’re out of your league.” “You’re not good enough!” The dark thoughts simply cloud out the light.

I have news for you if you don’t know it: You can do anything, be anything!!! God hard-wired you for success, and along with that joy. You just have to believe in you. God does. You just need to follow His lead.

Start with Moses and Elijah and listen to them and others in the Bible arguing with God that they weren’t good enough. They were good enough. You are good enough.

Grab the reins of life today and power ahead! Let me repeat: You can do anything, be anyone!!! Stick your fingers in your ears and stop listening to the devil’s doubt. Follow the light in you that is God.

Have a FANTASTIC day and power ahead!!!