Archive for June, 2014
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:4)
Your words have power. Use them today to bring life and healing.
I am a baseball fan, and in spite of living in Texas Rangers country, I root for the New York Yankees. But to be honest, MY Yankees were the teams from 1958-1964. The names of Howard, Berra, Ford, Mantle, Maris, Stengal, and Kubek remind me of my “wonder bread” years of living in New York City during the almost Noble Age of Baseball.
A player that I liked a lot then and admire the most now was/is Bobby Richardson. He played second base and spent his entire playing career in the Yankee organization. But Bobby was different. He didn’t just claim or talk about being a Christian, he lived like one and still does today.
I own and have read his autobiography published in 1965 and I also have an autographed copy of his 2012 memoir entitled Impact Player. Both books discuss the challenges of being in the Major Leagues but staying true to your beliefs and not being caught in the temptations of the Major Leagues’ lifestyle.
I had the opportunity to meet Bobby a number of years ago when he came to Abilene, Texas to participate in the Big Country Celebrity Quail Hunt; Bobby likes to hunt quail. He was kind and gracious and signed a lot of baseballs that I gave to sponsors of the event. He was very willing to do anything he could to help.
I am struck by the fact that our culture disregards the “role model” for the “role idol” where everything celebrities do is worshipped including their unseemly behavior and outward expressions.
Like Bobby Richardson, there are some celebrities who strive to live the Christ like life and most never earn the spotlight for it or are ridiculed.
Doing right is always good, but not always honored by the world around you.
At the end of Impact Player, Bobby Richardson writes,
“When accounts of my life are written, I hope two things will be said of me. First, that I played baseball in a way that made my team better. Second, and more important, that I lived my life in a way that drew others to my Savior. To God be the glory.”
Today what celebrities, sports figures or other personalities can you identify that demonstrate a Christian lifestyle? How are those individuals portrayed in the media? Do you think having an obvious Christian faith is positive or negative in our Culture today?
“All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!”” (Luke 4:36)
The Jews had exorcists in Jesus day. They would request and plead, challenge and negotiate. But they couldn’t command the spirits. Not like Jesus did. He had authority over the spirits. And still does. If Jesus is on our side, we need fear no spiritual enemies.
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. (II Corinthians 3:2)
The people whose lives you touch are your reference letters. What do yours say? Make a difference today.
“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)
God has had a plan from the beginning: a man and woman will come together and form a new family, the basis of all of society. Not a temporary union, but a lifelong commitment, forsaking all others.
So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. (Ecclesiastes 2:17)
This is life without meaning or purpose. But God provides a mission for our work and for our life. So what are you working for today?
Want to know the secret of overcoming fear? Trust God. Trust Jesus.
Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: “I am with you,” declares the Lord. (Haggai 1:13)
The Lord is still with his people today. Never forget that. You are in his presence.
My dogs hate squirrels. Especially squirrels in trees. The dogs bark and whine, running and jumping as they follow the squirrels from below. One of the dogs even used to climb high in the trees after her hated foes, until she got too old for such.
When they are in the middle of a chase, the dogs become frustrated when they find a fence between them and their target. If the ground is soft enough, they quickly burrow under the obstacle and continue the chase.
We’ve recently moved to a new neighborhood, one with more traffic than our old neighborhood. That’s a bit of a problem, since the dogs keep digging out under the fence. It doesn’t matter that the dogs are only chasing squirrels; there’s mortal danger for them if they wander out into the street.
So I spend a lot of time and effort trying to thwart my dogs’ plans to leave our yard. It’s not that I’m against squirrel chasing nor that I want my dogs to feel frustrated. I just want to keep them safe from the dangers that lie outside the borders of our yard.
Does it ever feel like God just made up a bunch of arbitrary rules that were designed to ruin our fun? Someone one said that everything truly enjoyable is either illegal or sinful. Do you ever feel that way?
Some of the lifestyles that the world offers look very inviting, even though we know they are not what God wants for us. Surely life in the fast lane is more fun than life on the straight and narrow!
When I get to feeling like that, I remember my dogs. They aren’t looking to get run over. They aren’t hoping to get lost. They just want to chase squirrels. What they don’t realize is the danger that puts them in. They don’t understand that the fence that seems restricting is actually something put there to protect them.
I need to remember the same. God’s way is the best way. The Christian life is the healthiest life. In the end, it’s the happiest life, as well.
We have to accept the fact that God knows what’s best for us. And we don’t.
“Be strong and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The LORD will do what is good in his sight.” (2 Samuel 10:12)
God will do what is good in his sight. Not what looks right to me. What he knows to be best.