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If your like me there are many situations in my life that i am praying about and find myself waiting. i sometimes wonder why the answer hasn’t come yet? That’s why i’ve been sharing about “While i’m Waiting.

Here is one thing i know for certain, before God moves, i will wait. It may be a nano second or it may be years! Waiting is a crucial part of life and guess what, everybody gets to do it. The real question is not if i’ll wait, but rather how i’ll wait. I believe that how i wait, has a huge impact on how long i wait.

I have choices as to how i’ll wait. I will wait passively, or i’ll wait expectantly. If I am a passive person I hope something good will happen and i’m willing to sit around waiting to see if it does. After a short time, i give up, saying, “That’s it! I’ve waited and waited and nothing’s happened.” If I am a passive person I have a lot of wishbone and not much backbone!

I f I am an expectant person, I am hopeful, but I am believing the answer is just around the corner. my belief is not a passive thing. my hope is not deferred, my heart is not sick. my heart is full of hope, expecting the problem to be solved at any moment. I spend my days expecting. i may wait and wait, but suddenly what i’ve been waiting for happens.

Why would I wait for something I don’t expect or have hope in it coming to pass? By the same token why would I expect or hope for something if i’m not willing to wait for it? my waiting isn’t supposed to be spent sitting around passively hoping that something will happen sometime soon.

Once i’ve asked God to answer a question or solve a problem, i need to be eagerly awaiting His answer. i need to be serving actively, aggressively and expectantly. I  need to be worshiping actively, aggressively and expectantly. Having some experience in this I have found that if God answered right away, many times I would be ill-prepared to handle His solution.

Sometimes i find myself in horrible messes and it’s hard to imagine waiting one more second. But i need to keep waiting on God and trusting Him with a confident yet simple faith.

In the Bible Paul and Silas knew about waiting, and they waited well. Acts 16 tells the story of how they were attacked by a crowd, beaten and thrown in jail. Verse 24 says the jailer put them into the inner prison (the dungeon) and fastened their feet in the stocks. He was making sure they couldn’t escape. But about midnight, God showed up. Now it would have been nice if He’d come a little earlier, but Paul and Silas didn’t seem to mind—they just decided to start singing and began to worship the Lord. They began to wait on God.

Verses 25 & 26 say, “But about midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the [other] prisoners were listening to them, suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the very foundations of the prison were shaken; and at once all the doors were opened and everyone’s shackles were unfastened.” God answered them suddenly!

So what am I doing today? Hebrews 10:36 (MSG.) If some enemies broke in and seized my goods, i’d let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn’t touch my real treasure. Nothing they did bothered me, nothing set me back. So i won’t throw it all away now. i was sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! But i need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so i’ll be there for the promised completion. It won’t be long now, he’s on the way; he’ll show up most any minute. But i’m not a quitter who loses out. Oh, no! i’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.


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Romans 1:17 says, “For in the Gospel a righteousness which God ascribes is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed through the way of faith that arouses to more faith]. As it is written, The man who through faith is just and upright shall live and shall live by faith.

.Joseph is one of the greatest heroes scripture. What separated him from others was his absolute trust in God, regardless of what happened to him. He is another example of what i am to do “While i’m Waiting.”

The story go’s like this. Genesis 37:3-11 (MSG.) Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other sons because he was the child of his old age. And he made him an elaborately embroidered coat. When his brothers realized that their father loved him more than them, they grew to hate him, they wouldn’t even speak to him.

Joseph had a dream, told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. He said, “Listen to this dream I had. We were all out in the field gathering bundles of wheat. All of a sudden my bundle stood straight up and your bundles circled around it and bowed down to mine.”

His brothers said, “So! You’re going to rule us? You’re going to boss us around?” And they hated him more than ever because of his dreams and the way he talked.

He had another dream, “I dreamed another dream—the sun and moon and eleven stars bowed down to me!”

When he told it to his father and brothers, his father reprimanded him: “What’s with all this dreaming? Am i and your mother and your brothers all supposed to bow down to you?” Now his brothers were really jealous;

Like David, Joseph had his own sin. He was young and proud, enjoying his status as his father’s favorite. Joseph bragged, giving absolutely no thought as to how it might hurt his brothers. They weren’t just hurt, but became angry with his arrogance and threw him down a dry well, then sold him into slavery.

Thus, the story of another man whom God called to serve, waiting. So what else did Joseph do while he was waiting.

While Joseph was waiting, he was taken to Egypt, and sold again to Potiphar, an official in Pharaoh’s household. While Joseph was waiting, he gained position as overseer of Potiphar’s entire estate, through hard work and humility. While Joseph was waiting he was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife of rape and then thrown into prison.

Joseph may have wondered why he was being punished for doing the right thing. But in-spite of it, he worked hard and again was put in charge, but this time, it was over all the prisoners.

God had given Joseph the gift of interpreting dreams. Two of Pharaoh’s servants were placed into the prison. Each told Joseph about their dreams. Then Joseph while he was waiting, falsely accused, in prison, told the cupbearer what his dream meant, and then told the baker his what his dream meant. Both interpretations proved true.

Two years later, while he is waiting, Pharaoh had a dream. Joseph interprets the dream, and his God-given wisdom was so great that Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of all of Egypt. While Joseph is waiting he stockpiled grain to avoid a terrible famine.

Now Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to buy food, and after many tests, Joseph revealed himself to them. He forgave them, then sent for their father, Jacob, and the rest of his people.

They all came to Egypt and settled in land Pharaoh gave them. Out of much adversity, much waiting, Joseph saved the 12 Tribes of Israel, God’s chosen people.

While Joseph was waiting for 23 years he was MOVING AHEAD BOLD AND CONFIDENT, taking EVERY step in obedience. While I’m waiting i am serving Him, I am worshiping Him, i am not fainting or becoming weary in well-doing. i am repositioning myself!

King David was a man of contrasts. He was in one moment committed to God, and in the next committing sins that i wouldn’t consider. That’s not to say that I don’t sin it’s just that my sins are just not as big, (i know sin is sin).

David lived a life often filled with frustration. Even after he became king of Israel, he was engaged in constant warfare to defend the kingdom. David was a great military conqueror, but he could not conquer himself. His one night of lust with Bathsheba, had disastrous consequences.

David was Solomon’s, father who was one of Israel’s greatest kings, yet he was also the father of Absalom, whose rebellion brought bloodshed and grief. David’s life was a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows. In the Psalms he left examples of his love for God and his moments of frustration with God.

Some of David’s high moments were, killing Goliath, killing many of Israel’s enemies in battle, his refusal to kill King Saul, and his friendship with Saul’s son Jonathan. David is included in Hebrews 11. God called David a man after his own heart.

Then there are some of David’s low moments, committing adultery with Bathsheba. trying to cover up her pregnancy, and when he failed with that, he had her husband killed. He took a count of the people, choosing to disobey God’s command not to do that. And he was often lax, or absent as a father, by not disciplining his children when they needed it.

From this point forward is my point. God told Samuel that he had chosen a new king for Israel. The new king was to be one of the sons of Jesse. When Samuel saw the sons he thought the Lord would want Jesse’s oldest son to be the king. Instead, the Lord chose the youngest son, David, who was out tending the sheep. Samuel anointed David as the new king BUT…, it would be many years before the time was right for David to take Saul’s place.

After Samuel anointed David, Samuel left immediately and went back home. David, returned to tending his sheep, “willing to wait” for the Lord to work out things in His time. The difference with David was that the Spirit of the Lord was on him, starting then, up until he died. David waited some 15 years from the time he was first anointed by Samuel to the time he became king over Judah. It was another seven years before David was anointed king over all Israel. This means David waited over 20 years to be made king. During that time of waiting David wrote his own story. One of highs and lows, of success and failures. David’s life teaches me a great deal about “waiting on the Lord.”

1 Samuel 16:7 “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (NIV) This ties in with yesterday’s post in which i shared about increasing my ability… my ability to be, a man after God’s own heart.

And as the song says, I will MOVE AHEAD BOLD AND CONFIDENT, taking EVERY step in obedience. While I’m waiting i am serving Him, I am worshiping Him, i am not fainting or becoming weary in well-doing. i am repositioning myself!

i posted about the seven deadly sins according to Mahatma Gandhi and now i ’m posting the seven Knightly Virtues. i know it’s a little dated as we don’t have knights today, but… but i think that inside every man is a desire to be a knight in shining armour and inside every woman is the desire to be rescued by a knight in shining armour, that is if she hasn’t been already.

Faith
In the code of chivalry, “faith” means trust and integrity, as a knight in shining armor i must always be faithful to word and promises, no matter how big or small they may be.

Faith: a: allegiance to duty or a person, loyalty,  fidelity to one’s promises, sincerity of intentions, firm belief in something for which there is no proof complete trust, something that is believed especially with strong conviction;

Faith is currently in the top 1% of lookups and is the 103rd most popular word on Merriam-Webster.com.. How interesting that this word increased significantly in lookups over the past seven days. God’s timing!

Samantha Ruebel posted that everyone has faith in something.  Even atheists have faith. The Bible teaches to have faith in God. The world teaches to have faith in oneself. Evolutionists have faith in Darwinism although no one has ever seen evolution in progress. Christians have faith in God though no one has seen Him face to face.   Not all faith is religious, although the strongest faiths usually are. I have faith that tomorrow will come.  I can not prove it until then but I have faith that it will be there.  I have faith in my God because I DO see evidence of Him. I see all the wonderful things He has created and I see answers to prayers.   I see addicts overcome their addictions. I see people full of hate accept Christ and learn to love.  “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”…and YES that is a Bible quote but it is also a perfect definition of faith.

These words come from Hebrews 11:1. i wanted to include it in today’s post from the Message just for some clarity. But i could not find a place to cut it off and while it is long it is worth reading every word. For me my every thought today will begin with the words “BY FAITH” and so i’ll begin by saying “By Faith i hope you will read all of this and not just brush it off as something you’ve already done and already know.

Hebrews chapter 11 – The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.

3 By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.

4 By an act of faith, Abel brought a better sacrifice to God than Cain. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference. That’s what God noticed and approved as righteous. After all these centuries, that belief continues to catch our notice.

5-6 By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.

7 By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God.

8-10 By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. Isaac and Jacob did the same, living under the same promise. Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations—the City designed and built by God.

11-12 By faith, barren Sarah was able to become pregnant, old woman as she was at the time, because she believed the One who made a promise would do what he said. That’s how it happened that from one man’s dead and shriveled loins there are now people numbering into the millions.

13-16 Each one of these people of faith died not yet having in hand what was promised, but still believing. How did they do it? They saw it way off in the distance, waved their greeting, and accepted the fact that they were transients in this world. People who live this way make it plain that they are looking for their true home. If they were homesick for the old country, they could have gone back any time they wanted. But they were after a far better country than that—heaven country. You can see why God is so proud of them, and has a City waiting for them.

17-19 By faith, Abraham, at the time of testing, offered Isaac back to God. Acting in faith, he was as ready to return the promised son, his only son, as he had been to receive him—and this after he had already been told, “Your descendants shall come from Isaac.” Abraham figured that if God wanted to, he could raise the dead. In a sense, that’s what happened when he received Isaac back, alive from off the altar.

20 By an act of faith, Isaac reached into the future as he blessed Jacob and Esau.

21 By an act of faith, Jacob on his deathbed blessed each of Joseph’s sons in turn, blessing them with God’s blessing, not his own—as he bowed worshipfully upon his staff.

22 By an act of faith, Joseph, while dying, prophesied the exodus of Israel, and made arrangements for his own burial.

23 By an act of faith, Moses’ parents hid him away for three months after his birth. They saw the child’s beauty, and they braved the king’s decree.

24-28 By faith, Moses, when grown, refused the privileges of the Egyptian royal house. He chose a hard life with God’s people rather than an opportunistic soft life of sin with the oppressors. He valued suffering in the Messiah’s camp far greater than Egyptian wealth because he was looking ahead, anticipating the payoff. By an act of faith, he turned his heel on Egypt, indifferent to the king’s blind rage. He had his eye on the One no eye can see, and kept right on going. By an act of faith, he kept the Passover Feast and sprinkled Passover blood on each house so that the destroyer of the firstborn wouldn’t touch them.

29 By an act of faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. The Egyptians tried it and drowned.

30 By faith, the Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days, and the walls fell flat.

31 By an act of faith, Rahab, the Jericho harlot, welcomed the spies and escaped the destruction that came on those who refused to trust God.

32-38 I could go on and on, but I’ve run out of time. There are so many more—Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets. . . . Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won battles, routed alien armies. Women received their loved ones back from the dead. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. Others braved abuse and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless—the world didn’t deserve them!—making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world.

39-40 Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.

i posted about the seven deadly sins according to Mahatma Gandhi and now i ’m posting the seven Knightly Virtues. i know it’s a little dated as we don’t have knights today, but… but i think that inside every man is a desire to be a knight in shining armour and inside every woman is the desire to be rescued by a knight in shining armour, that is if she hasn’t been already.

Generosity
For me sharing what’s valuable in life is not just giving away material goods, but my time, attention, wisdom and energy — the things that i believe create a strong, diverse community.

Generosity: readiness or liberality in giving. freedom from meanness or smallness of mind or character.

There are two things that i love about today’s post. The first is that i love studying different topics in the Bible. It  helps to be specific about an area i want to improve in my walk with God. The second is generosity. The Bible is clear that i am to be generous to others. It says that it is better to give than receive.

Timothy 6:17-18 As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be proud and arrogant and contemptuous of others, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches, but on God, Who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for [our] enjoyment.  [Charge them] to do good, to be rich in good works, to be liberal and generous of heart, ready to share [with others],

Matthew 10:42 says, And whoever gives to one of these little ones [in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward.

The words “because he is My disciple” captures my attention. It does not say because he is a “Christian” nor does it say because he is a “good” person. “My disciple” is specific and leaves the idea open that there are people who will give a cup of cold water for other reasons. i can only imagine what some of those reasons might be and then there a few that i have more than just imagined, i have done them myself.

He, who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives  without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.~ Jeremy Taylor

That is a quote for me, as i have to often given readily just because i could and recently became aware as to why. i want to be wanted, so i give, and i shared about that in past posts so i won’t go there again. Self-Sacrifice is the essence of generosity.

i close with Luke 19:8 as a practical application for me to consider, “So then Zacchaeus stood up and solemnly declared to the Lord, See, Lord, the half of my goods I [now] give [by way of restoration] to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone out of anything, I [now] restore four times as much.”

 

 

i posted about the seven deadly sins according to Mahatma Gandhi and now i ’m posting the seven Knightly Virtues. i know it’s a little dated as we don’t have knights today, but… but i think that inside every man is a desire to be a knight in shining armour and inside every woman is the desire to be rescued by a knight in shining armour, that is if she hasn’t been already.

“The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed- It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.”   William Shakespeare

Too much mercy… often resulted in further crimes which were fatal to innocent victims who need not have been victims if justice had been put first and mercy second.”   Agatha Christie

Mercy – my words and attitude can be painful weapons in this world, which is why i as a knight in shining armor exercises mercy in my dealings with others, creating a sense of peace and community, rather than engaging in hostility and antagonism.

Mercy – compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence.

We have a powerful and merciful God. He knows i have fallen short of His glory, but His mercy is incredible. That is why as a disciple i need to always be aware of His love and His mercy. A day shouldn’t go by without my praising God. i may be barely able to comprehend His mercy, but i know that it is there.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Titus 3:5 He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity and mercy, by [the] cleansing [bath] of the new birth (regeneration) and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

“Do not stand on a high pedestal and take 5 cents in your hand and say, “here, my poor man”, but be grateful that the poor man is there, so by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself. It is not the receiver that is blessed, but it is the giver. Be thankful that you are allowed to exercise your power of benevolence and mercy in the world, and thus become pure and perfect.”   Swami Vivekananda

Worship without sacrifice.” – Psalm 51:16-17 For You delight not in sacrifice, or else would I give it; You find no pleasure in burnt offering. My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.

“I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.” ― A.W. Tozer

“If there is no laughter, Jesus has gone somewhere else. If there is no joy and freedom, it is not a church: it is simply a crowd of melancholy people basking in a religious neurosis. If there is no celebration, there is no real worship.”  ― Steve Brown

“Many Spirit-filled authors have exhausted the thesaurus in order to describe God with the glory He deserves. His perfect holiness, by definition, assures us that our words can’t contain Him. Isn’t it a comfort to worship a God we cannot exaggerate?” ― Francis Chan

Many enter the chamber (garden) to meet God while they are still emotionally out of breath. Silence and solitude, listening to God and meditation all take time………….. time some are not willing to give.

i am going to close out these posts with these final words regarding each of these seven deadly sins.

“i must do today what others will not do so that tomorrow i can do what others can not.” i must “worship with sacrifice” today in a way that others will not, so that tomorrow i can do what others can not.

Continuing with Mahatma Gandhi’s Seven Deadly Sins and thus my comments on them as they pertain to me. This goes perfectly with my “fearless” moral inventory. The verses are those that i have selected to go with that particular sin as well as are the quotes. So what i’m saying is that the verses and the quotes are my comments. It is taking me much longer than i thought it would to find the right ones.

How appropriate today’s post is. i am in no way making any type of political statement. This is about humanity and today is simply about humanity regarding politics and the principles of politics but more importantly those in politics.

Seven Deadly Sins – Mahatma Gandhi

Politics without principle – Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”  ― Cyril Connolly

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

Both of these quotes are so true. All of the meandiam posts reflect me, myself and they do so without any reservation. Thus not everyone, even those close to me agrees with my thoughts views or actions, i am okay with that. my intended readers are the generations of my family who to may think i was wacked out or an extremist, i am also okay with that. my intent is to represent me and who i am, what i believe, what i do and what i do not do and with some explanation explain why.

i’ll close by reminding everyone to vote! i do not care nor have an opinion as to whom you should vote for but use the knowledge (Borrowing a little from yesterdays post) you have to make a principled decision. Use your knowledge and experience the power of it, and it matters not whether you actually win, or lose, it;s the process of our great country even with all it’s faults.

Continuing with Mahatma Gandhi’s Seven Deadly Sins and thus my comments on them as they pertain to me. This goes perfectly with my “fearless” moral inventory. The verses are those that i have selected to go with that particular sin as well as are the quotes. So what i’m saying is that the verses and the quotes are my comments. It is taking me much longer than i thought it would to find the right ones.

Seven Deadly Sins – Mahatma Gandhi

Knowledge without character – Proverbs 1:7 The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline.

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The  shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. – Abraham  Lincoln

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”  ― Socrates

“When you know better you do better.” ― Maya Angelou

i have recently learned that i have more knowledge than i have obedience, so i cant say that i agree with Maya. I know better quite often but sometimes do worse. On the other hand i agree completely with Socrates The more i know the less i know has been a saying of mine for the past 5 years.

They say that knowledge is power but i would not necessarily agree as i know lot’s of people who have vast amounts of knowledge but because it’s unapplied it serves no real purpose. That goes for me as well. With all my knowledge i could be brilliant but it’s untried, unapplied, and unproven to have given me any power. Perhaps just the ramblings of an almost 61-year-old.

HI HO HI HO just kidding!!  I was really struggling writing the blog this go round, just couldn’t figure out what was going on.  I decided to start writing about a book I read a while back and have just recently started reading again with my small group.  It’s called the Gospel in Disney.  It’s written by Philip Longfellow Anderson who chose to use problems and decisions faced by Disney characters, such as Snow White, and relate them to the everyday difficulties we all run into.  He makes the analogy that two thousand years ago Jesus of Nazareth used anecdotes, and illustrations to teach about the kingdom of God.  He communicated his gospel more often through stories than sermons: A prodigal son reunited with a forgiving father, or a shepherd in search of a lost sheep.  But to the point I’m sure you’re not reading this for just a book report.

The chapter I kept coming back to as my title suggests comes from the very first full-length animated feature Snow White.  As anyone already familiar with the story knows, a key element in the plot is a poison apple, without the apple and the danger it represents we wouldn’t have much of a story.  The same is true of another old story that I’m sure everyone is familiar with.  It can be found in the first book of the bible, Genesis. Now as a side note the chapter does mention that in Genesis it doesn’t make reference to an apple just fruit, but I digress again.

What I asked myself this time while reading the chapter again was, “Currently what does that apple look like in my life, and did I take a bite?”  Or another pointed way of asking the same question, “What is satan trying to tempt me with and is it working?”  So I thought about it and it struck me why I was struggling so much with writing this blog, my apple was COMPLACENCY and I didn’t just take a bite I ate the whole thing.  According to Webster complacency is a feeling of satisfaction, esp extreme self-satisfaction.  That definition made me think of a conversation I had with my wife this week when she asked what I would write about and my exact reply was, “I don’t know everything’s good not much to write about.”  I mean I have no major drama in my life, we (as my wife mentioned and did an AWESOME job writing her blog) are extremely blessed, work is good, kids are good, and as far as religion good there to.  I’m going to church (check), small group (check), tithing (check), that’s everything right?  OH WAIT something in my heart knew better just as Eve or Snow White knew better.  As my father and mother have expressed in different ways to me, yes work is good, yes kids are good, yes money is good, yes happy wife happy life, but HOW’S YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?”  Och, relationship with God, what relationship??  I was complacent checking off boxes and going through the motions.  If I was going to have a relationship that would mess up my current routine and what if he actually called me to do something out of my comfort zone, would I ignore him and end up in a whales belly like Pinocchio, I mean Jonah??  I think we all know having a great relationship means giving extra time, extra effort, lot’s of communication, going out of your way to know the person better, and frankly everything I was checking off my list of God things wasn’t that.

So like my father writing this blog for his children I write this for mine to be an example that having it all without having a relationship with God is having nothing.  It’s time to ask yourself two questions, “How’s your relationship with God” and “What’s your apple?”