Inside / Outside

Man oh Man is the world in a mess or what ??? Everyday some new chaos somewhere !!! Always something new to worry about or have to deal with !!! Will the world ever get back to normal,,, or is this the new normal,,, Sadly ,,, I believe it is !!!

So I was thinking how to deal with all these new unknowns and a thought came to me ,,,,

Inside / Outside !!!

If you have faith in Jesus and his Holy Spirit Inside,,, then you don’t have to worry about the Outside world around you because he will take care of all that for you !!!

He will bless you, guide you, provide for you, protect you and fill you with Heavenly Peace,,, Inside ,,, so you are apart from the world Outside !!!

It is true,,, I know,,, because I am finally experiencing that gift – Even though it took me about 70 years to comprehend it – Yah ,, I am pretty stubborn or maybe even stupid on the uptake sometimes,, but I am finally here

If I just keep following and believing and don’t let myself get sidetracked by the Outside, all is peaceful and good Inside, even when the Outside is in total Chaos and Uncertainty !!!

When you invite Jesus Inside, the Outside may not make a big change but your perception of the darkness Outside will suddenly be filled with light from Inside– You will know, without a doubt, that you will never be alone again- If Jesus is Inside ,,,, nothing can conquer you Inside from the Outside !!!

God Bless !!!

Freeways and Frontage Roads

When I was growing up, at about the age of 18 to 20, there came the time of the the super highways or Freeways- Up until that time all the areas around me were serviced by mostly 2 lane 2 way highways with some short 4 lane areas for passing or hills-

But then came the Super Highways- I worked construction on the Freeway that would run all across the United States,, two lanes divided by a median going each direction !!! What a great upgrade to the ole 2 lane back roads with long lines of traffic on busy or hazardous days !!!

The main problem with Freeways is that they are built for speed and covering a lot of country without interruptions !!! This is all well and good until you needed to turn off to get somewhere not directly serviced by the Freeways- To solve this problem most all Freeways had a, what we called a Frontage road, that ran parallel to them with an exit from the freeway every few miles onto these frontage roads- You would get off the Freeway and onto a Frontage road to get to the towns or areas around the Freeway !!

Following this same concept,,,, lets look at the Freeway of Life !!!

Lets say we are all born onto a Great Long Freeway complete with our own lane as we speed through life !! We are all together on this Super Freeway speeding along through our lives- Sometimes it is going where we want to go (we think) and other times it is going in a direction we don’t want to go (feeling something is not right) ,,,, so how do we get off this Freeway so we can get to where we want to be or more importantly,,, where we need to be !!!

As we come of age, we realize that this Life Freeway does not go on forever !!! There is a point, down the Freeway, that everything comes to an end !!! This is when we begin to realize that we are actually on the “Highway to the Danger Zone” (yes that is the title of a song from the 80’s by Kenny Loggins,,, made more famous as the main theme for the movie “Top Gun”) So what can we do and how can we get off this dangerous highway ???

Well that is where the Frontage Road comes into play- The catch is that there is only one exit onto this Frontage Road from the Freeway and you have to take it before you reach the end of the Freeway or it is too late to exit !!!

This Frontage Road is owned and operated by the Lord Jesus Christ and in order to exit onto it,,, you have to ask and receive his free gift of Salvation !!! The instant you Believe in him (Son of God), Admit you are a sinner, Ask for forgiveness, and desire to Repent in your heart,,,, you immediately exit the Freeway of this physical life and are cruising down the Frontage road of Spiritual life into Eternity in Heaven with Jesus !!!

So what if you don’t ever choose to exit this Freeway of Life (It is your choice only,,, no one can do it for you) ???

Well this Dangerous Highway turns into the Highway to Hell and once you reach the end without exit,,, it is too late to exit !!!

As the Bible states pretty clearly:

Matthew 7:13-14 NLT

[13] “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad (Freeway), and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. [14] But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road (Frontage Road) is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” I added the parenthesis !!

So folks,,, we are all headed down the Freeway of Life until we choose to take the one and only exit onto the Frontage Road to Salvation !!!

God Bless !!!

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 had 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 package of Lucky Strike’s and 90% of the time he had one in his mouth smoking it- He has 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- The Radiation basically finished 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 sometimes during all his Chemo/Radiation treatment, I would go 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 one evening, when I was home, to see my dad while he was cooking,,,, Good Smells and Good Stuff- Then I looked up on the top of the refrigerator and setting there in plain sight, red and white, in all its splendor,,, 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 to beat 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 help me overcome 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 but the cleansing power of Jesus in your life will truly free you from these detrimental, eternity threatening, Ole Friends !!!

The Truth Will Set You Free ,, John 8:31-32 – 31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

God Bless !!!!