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As i have listened to, read and studied Kisses From Katie i was challenged as part of my fearless moral inventory to consider what i have to offer others… yet seldom, if at all do. Oh i’m great when it comes to giving financially and even time wise but not in the way that these scriptures outline. This was made even clearer to me yesterday as i met with some people to help them with a matter. i could tell that they were not themselves yet, i asked no questions and offered nothing. Today i had to call them and apologize for not grabbing their hand and pulling them to their feet.

imagesExodus 17:12 But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

Deuteronomy 15:11 For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

Matthew 10:5 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.

Matthew 25:35-40 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

Luke 3:10-11 And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”

Luke 12:33-34 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you…”

James 1:17 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

images-1James 2:14-17 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

1 John 3:17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?

1 John 4:19-20 We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Acts 20:35-38 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.

Romans 12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Romans 15:1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Ephesians 4:28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

 THE END!

 

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Suppose God would text me… What would He say?

The temptation for me is to apologize for the length of the stories but i’m not going to do that. Instead i’m going to encourage you to enjoy them verses endure them. For me extracting what God wants to say to me through the stories is worth every minute of them. To me these are my essentials for living life intentionally. As I shared before all the stories have been hand selected through the leading of the Holy Spirit and i might add are all true stories.

The story today is titled The Hospital Window.

It starts with two men, both seriously ill, and they occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.

Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by.

Although the other man couldn’t hear the band – he could see it. In his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days and weeks passed.

One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.

He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.

It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.

She said, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.”

God’s text today says,

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As i hit the post button yesterday there was a phrase or saying that came to mind in the form of a question. Have you ever know someone who would give the shirt off their back? As i thought on that my mind went to, that’s what Paul is saying about those who are raised up with Christ. ed i want you to give others the shirt off your back but…… make sure of what you’re wearing.

Make sure the shirt you’re wearing is not one of anger, frustration, insistence upon your own way,  but of gentle ways, patience. Make sure the shirt you’re wearing has the power to endure whatever comes with good temper.

i used to collect ties and had many unique ones. One in particular was given to me by a friend while we were on a trip. It cost $600.00… yes ridiculous. None the less i had it until one day another friend expressed his love of the tie. my mind went immediately to give it to him. So being one of those people who is willing to give the shirt off my back, i gave it to him. Now if i could give as freely and as quickly all of Paul’s urgings.

Paul is saying that i am to clothe myself with things that have more value than a $600 tie and i being raised up in Christ am to be ready to give them away. i have experienced both sides of this many times in my life. One of my favorite verses is 2 Corinthians 8:13, 14 For it is not [intended] that other people be eased and relieved [of their responsibility] and you be burdened and suffer [unfairly], But to have equality [share and share alike], your surplus over necessity at the present time going to meet their want and to equalize the difference created by it, so that [at some other time] their surplus in turn may be given to supply your want. Thus there may be equality.

my surplus over necessity at the present time. Going to meet their want at the present time. To equalize the difference at the present time.

Their surplus at some other time. Given to supply my want at some other time. Thus there may be equality at the present time.

Apply this to Colossians 3 and make it about behaviors and it works the same way. Example, my surplus of good temper over necessity at the present time going to meet their want or lack of good temper at the present time equalizes the difference at the present time. Then their surplus of good temper at some other time going to meet my want or lack of good temper at some other time and thus there may be equality at some other time.

How do i give away love if i am not clothed in a surplus of it? How do i give away the power to endure if am not clothed in a surplus of it? How am i going to give away quiet gentleness if i am not wearing a surplus of it?

Luke 6:38 Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you.

Colossians 3:1 – If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

“IF” then… what? “If” then i have been raised with Christ. ed having been raised with Christ. If i have been raised with Christ then i have a new life, a life different from the old one, a life defined by sharing in His resurrection. That does not mean that i will have arrived, but it does say that there will be some immediate changes and lot’s of ongoing changes.

Raised: Lift or move to a higher position or level. Dictionary.com defines raised as, made light by the use of yeast or other ferment. It’s interesting to consider this definition. i am made light with Christ. He is the other ferment or i should say the only ferment in this case.

“If” then i have been lifted or moved to a higher position or level with Christ

His resurrection from the dead means i share in that resurrection from my dead place. Should i not accept the “If” i am dead and there is no new life. There would be no shared resurrection for me and i would remain dead. There would be no lifting up or moving to a higher position or level. Anotherwards dead!

i defined “If” yesterday, so i am just recalling what it looks like.

In case that i have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead],

Granting or supposing that i have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead],

On condition that i have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead],

The message puts verse 1 into simple and easy to understand terms. “So ed, if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it.”

If—” is a poem written in 1895 by British Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling. i share it because i think, based on the words he wrote, that he understood the importance and impact of this tiny little two letter word.

If you can keep your head when all about you, Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken, Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings, And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings, And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew, To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you, Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute, With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’ll be a man, my son!

It is such a privilege to be able to post my thoughts every day regarding things in my life. It is a greater privilege to have a few who are willing to give up their time and read these posts. i shared yesterday that i was sitting on a park bench waiting, for what i do not know? Anyway i went to post today and saw a comment that was made on yesterday’s post and i can’t tell you how encouraging it was for me. It’s as though the Dream Giver sent me something to read while i’m waiting.

The reader says, “It’s like we don’t even know how to allow God to give us that rest, that peace, that we long for. I like the way you said it – “unforced rhythms of grace”. The idea of living freely and lightly is something I’ve been contemplating, especially this week. It’s back to trust, Proverbs 3:5-6.

Sunday at Cowboy Up the trainer was showing us what it looks like when a horse and rider have a trust relationship. The truth is, there was no fear or worry on the part of the horse, just alertness to the non-verbal signals the rider would send, telling him what to do. The horse never wondered what to expect next, he just responded to the light touch, the subtle tap, and in that there was beauty. The trust relationship without fear, even when the rider did things the horse would normally fear; the horse was able to shine as he trotted around the arena under the rider’s direction. He did not HAVE to obey, but when he chose to, it was beautiful. It’s that simplicity I’m after. Relationship that flows from an awareness of Him, His leading, His guidance, without fear or worry.

I’m wondering if in some ways we never leave sanctuary as He perfects this attentive peace within us.”

Thank you to all that read these post and especially share thoughts like this that are personal yet they make them available here for all to read. TRUST!

Do to another small ripple in my scheduling i find myself at the keyboard typing another post to fill today’s vacancy. But what a blessing to share with my children and grandchildren in such a lasting way as to post this blog. Long after when i am gone these words will be their for them to reflect on and hopefully gain some insight into who their papa was. Yes it’s selfish, it is my desire to be known by them and as this post points out “time is racing!”

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”  ―    Mother Teresa

What if i was aware that i’d be the last person to touch someone?

If i was paying money for a purchase i was making? Perhaps in a grocery store, where i give the cashier money and then they have to give me change, i might purpose to touch their palm, or to look them in the eye and speak an encouraging word or even just smile, anything but stare down at my bags anxiously pushing to get out of their and to my next destination.

When a man or woman stands in the middle of the isles at the local K Mart and makes it impossible for me to get past them, when the car in front of me sits longer than required in the parking space which they are supposedly leaving, but i must wait for them, when someone forgets or refuses to say thank you, in those moments i forget how short their life and my life is.

A friend and i were discussing someone whom we both knew and how ill this person was. We went on to talk about the husband and how would he deal with the loss of his wife when the time came. It was just days later that the wife passed away and the possibilities of our discussion became real as his wife did pass away. i remember becoming very much aware of how unexpected life can be especially when it comes to life and death. In those moments i also recalled the words of John Maxwell and his book, Today Matters.

i read another story where this woman had been with her aunt. They’d just had lunch and the waiter, a young gay man with plum black eyes, joked as he served the coffee, kissed her aunt’s powdered cheek when they left. Then they walked half a block and her aunt dropped dead on the sidewalk.

How many stories do i have to hear? How many loved ones do i have to lose? What would it look like if i could see people as they are, created in His image and likeness, yet tangled in life, unpredictable, inconsistent, and racing against time?

“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” 
―    Harvey MacKay

Life is too short to wake and fill the day with regrets, i am to love the people who come across my path, forget about the ones who don’t return that love and believe that everything comes from God, goes through God and will end in God. If i get a chance today, i will take it. If it changes my life, i will embrace it. i was never promised that it would be easy, but i am promised that it is worth it.