The Gift of Life

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My daughter just finished writing a blog post and quoting Habakkuk 1:5, regarding the work God is doing among us right now.

https://juliechristinepalin.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/foolishness/

Things we wouldn’t be able to grasp if he told us about them. Our lives are just a fragment of the big picture.

The verse was a reminder that God is still in control, even when things don’t make sense, even when we lose friends, and family to death, at what seems to be the strangest of times.

Eccles. 3:1,2 tells us “There is a time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. A time to give birth and a time to die…”

For our family friends who just lost a wife and a mother in an accident, these words at first glance probably do not bring much comfort.

If we stand back and look at the big picture we see the gift of life God gives us all, and the gift of sharing our lives with others, the privilege parents have, through their love,

which brings more life (children) into this world, and the circle continues.

I thank God for our friend’s mom, and the time we had with her. Her leaving us at this time gives us opportunity to reflect on what we will do with the rest of our life, for however long we are here.

Let us humbly, and gratefully live the life we have left to the best of our ability, in peace with one another, and in God’s strength.

The Measure of a Mighty Man

In a perfect world everyone is content.  But we live on a fallen planet.  All our “green” thinking can’t stop the red blood of betrayal from spilling into the streets.  Hooray for recycling, but relationships can only take so much.  We can tell ourselves that our choices are our choices, that it’s nobody’s business what we do.  But we can see how “nobody’s business” is disintegrating the very fabric of our lives and all in the name of “Happiness”.

My dear friends, life is not about doing what makes you happy.  Life is about doing what is right.  True love is about considering the consequences and the ripple effect of our choices.

One of the reasons the Christian lifestyle is often rejected,  is because it is perceived as an authoritarian view.  People are afraid they won’t have the freedom to do as they please.  But doing as we please, is just history pathetically and brutally repeating itself.  God showed the Israelites in Old Testament times,  a better way to live, but they always defaulted to “as they saw fit”.

Kinda sounds like our attitude today, and where has it got us?  Broken pieces trying to nurture broken pieces.  We need to be humble enough to admit our human heart needs divine intervention.  Then we need to be patient enough to hear God’s voice.  Then we need to be sober enough to admit we need His instruction and wise enough to trust Him.

I think the measure of a mighty man, is the humble man who admits he needs Christ’s help to build a life worth living, to make decisions he can be proud of, and choices that bless others instead of tear people apart.