We’re here! The week that was has become the day that is. The triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the last supper, the scourging, the crucifying, the entombment…all are brought together in this one message. Jesus did not just live and die. Jesus died and lives. And furthermore we can be confident that life is worth the living just because He lives. Rejoice and be glad. Happy Easter.
I heard a golden oldie the other day and it started me thinking about this humility thing. It’s not the first time I’ve posted on this topic, but sometimes reminders are good…especially during this time of what appears to be abuse of power on the world stage.
C.S. Lewis, author of Chronicles of Narnia, drew this conclusion about the topic: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”
James 4:10 reads: Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up.
2 Chronicles 7:14 reads: If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
And that golden oldie? It was a 1974 hit of Mac Davis singing, in part: Oh, Lord, it’s hard to be humble but I’m doing the best that I can.
In my humble opinion humility is a strength rather than a weakness.
How often are we given a task and make it harder than it should be by constantly complaining about it?
Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could do everything with a feeling of love and gratitude that this is what we have been trusted with.
Resentment often hardens our demeanor where love softens it. Like Julie Andrews sings in Mary Poppins..A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down…
And even scripture tells us the same thing in a different way: Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV. Happy Monday.
One of the life questions I’ve been asked is, “How did you get the peace you seem to have?” Looking back over my life, there was a time in my forties and fifties, when my mantra was, “God loves me and has a wonderful plan for my life.” The one-liner was never far from my thoughts and became exactly what a mantra is…a statement repeated frequently.
One of my favorite songs at that time was “He Touched Me”. It was always the added touch I needed. Happy Sunday.
How many of us start out the new year with resolutions to make ourselves into someone who gets rid of harmful habits and resolves to be a better person than the previous year/years?
We’re going to be more productive and proactive, more loving and caring, less grouchy and picky; no more dope and smokes, no more overeating and drinking…on and on we plan. And then…flop!
Well, don’t you worry. We’ll get there one day because…
The antidote to all things wrong in this world is love. What our topsy-turvy planet needs now is this antidote. So come on world, in the words of the Bellamy Brothers (1976) let your love grow…and grow and grow…
Here is a comment made by one listener: “I was listening to this in the store, had to come home and look it up.. it felt like the Holy Spirit came over me while it was playing…I love this.”
Have you sometimes wondered if birds ever wake up grumpy? It seems to me they are always singing from the time they wake up until they tuck into their wings again at day’s end.
What do they know that we don’t know?
Let’s take it from the birds and start our day with a song, no matter what.
Here is a great song from the seventies. I suggest we think of God singing it rather than Daniel Boone; especially when he sings, “When you say, say, say, say that you love me…”. God loves when we say that we love him, whether strolling a park, riding a car, getting a burger…whatever.
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” John 21:15
Every day is a beautiful day with God in it. Happy Sunday.
To those of us who believe, Holy Spirit will make himself known to us at certain times in our lives. How blessed we are to recognize and accept this phenomenon. Happy Sunday.
In today’s world it seems things just go from bad to worse. The virus appears to ease off just to rear its head again in different parts of the globe. Violence and crime walk hand in hand; peaceful protests turn ugly; rulers bend the rules; fires, floods, ferocious winds and earthquakes ravish the earth. And we, the human race, ask, “Is there any hope?”
Scripture says, “For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:24-25
The following song keeps me hopeful. Happy Sunday.