What If

If everything we have is freely given from God,,, and I know it is… Why don’t we give everything we have to someone else to glorify him ,,,…… knowing that we will be replenished ,,,, 10 fold,,, from God the giver,,, if given in his name and to glorify him,,,

It is a truth proven through the ages ,,,, try it ,, ,, but you have to believe and have faith,,,, Faith is the tough part for me !!!

Bandwagon

It seems there is a big push right now to get aboard the “Black Lives Matter” bandwagon – While I believe most of the people that are demonstrating for this are sincere in their beliefs,,, I can’t, in good faith, climb on board !!

I feel that it is as racist as the problems they are protesting against !!!

Now let me clarify what I am saying !! I would feel the same way about a “White Lives Matter ” protest,,, or a “Brown Lives Matter” protest !! Why,,, because they all insinuate that that particular skin color group is the most important group-

As long as we keep being color minded,,, we will never overcome the color problem !!!

What we have to strive for is,,, color blindness,,, just as God does !!! As it says in Acts 10:34-35 [34] “Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. [35] In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right.”

God shows no favoritism and accepts those {All, Anyone,Everyone} who fear him and do what is right !!!

I believe that the protests should focus on “All Lives Matter” ,,, “Equally” !!!

Now if we can’t buy into this way of thinking and believing,,, then the problem is not the color of the skin,,, but the color of our heart !!!

Jesus will accept all into his house that will accept and believe in him … no color problems with him- He is inviting all of us to enjoy eternity with him !!!!

God Bless Your Day !!!

Lucky Strike

My Dad was a smoker and Lucky Strike was his cigarette of chose- He started smoking while he was in basic training in the Navy in the early forties after the start of the war with Japan- He was in basic training in California during the summer- Of course, they marched and trained every day- When the drill instructors decided to take a break,,, they would call out,,,, “smoke em if you got em”,,,, If you were a smoker you could move to the side of the field and sit and have a break,, if you didn’t smoke,,, you got to stand in formation,,, well as you can image, everyone was a smoker by about the third day !!!

I never, in all my years growing up,,, saw my dad without his Lucky Strike’s and/or 90% of the time he had one in his mouth smoking it- He is passed away now but my mental picture of him is,,, his head is cocked a bit to the side so the smoke from his cigarette wouldn’t get in his eyes !!

Well as you can probably guess by now,, he got into his late seventies and was diagnosed with lung cancer,,, after smoking for 50 years !!! He went into Chemo-Therapy and later Radiation treatments,,, that basically killed him !!!

I was gone from home for most of this,,, but it was, of course, very hard on the family- My dad was a great dad,,, hard-working farmer and disciplined father and loyal husband- I wish I had practiced more of how he lived in my life !!!!

Anyhow during all his Chemo/Radiation treatment, I went home to see everyone- My dad loved to cook and did most of the cooking during my teenage years at home- I walked into the kitchen the evening I got home to see my dad while he was cooking,,,, Good Stuff- Then I looked upon the top of the refrigerator and setting there in plain sight, red and white, was a package of Lucky Strike cigarettes ??? Surprised,,, I asked him,,, “Are you smoking again” ??? He quit when he was diagnosed with lung cancer, I was told- He said: “no I am not smoking” !! I asked,,, “Why do you have those cigarettes setting there???”,,, I will never forget his response,,, ” They are like an Ole Friend and I like seeing them up there” !!

My thought was,,, an old friend that is/was responsible for his early demise !!!! Anyhow he didn’t last long after that- The radiation zapped his immunity system to the point that he didn’t have any- Fluid in the lungs finally got him !!!!

I guess, looking back at all this is,,, what Ole Friends do I have in my life that are detrimental to my health or well-being and I still keep them around- They might be drinking, drugs, greed, unfaithfulness, lying, deception, unhealthy relationship,,, it could be any or all of them

 The point is ,,, which of these “Ole Friends” am I hanging onto ,,, just off center of my attention- Even if I have quit them, do I still keep them in view ,,, just in case I have a weak moment !!!

To beat them I have to clear them off the top of the refrigerator,, out of mind and out of site/temptation !!! But how do I do that,,, I am a pretty weak person with some of these “Ole Friends”

I need help with these Ole Friends !!

In my life that help has always come through faith in the cleansing power of Jesus Christ- He is the only one that can change me from the inside out and remove the temptation !!!

I am broken ,,, I am lost ,,, and I am a sinner ,,, but through prayer and faith in him I am slowly beating these detrimental “Ole Friends ”

In my long years of experience,,, nothing else will truly free you from your Ole Friends !!!

God Bless !!!!