A Shimmer of Glory

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Beautiful sunset,

Silver-gold sky:

Sun doth descend,

Moon doth arise.

Marvelous colors

That glimmer and glow;

 Shining and dancing,

Reflecting below~

Splashes of sunshine,

Smudges of night;

Shimmers of glory-

Heaven, close by.

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Can I Refuse?

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I told my Savior yesterday,

What ere He said, I would obey;

That’s why today He came to me,

And said, ‘Here’s what you ought to be.’

Then did I cry, ‘Ah, Lord my God!

This isn’t quite what I had thought…

Why can’t you give me something else-

That doesn’t make me give myself!’

Oh, how I wept, and how I cried;

Oh, how I begged, ‘Please change your mind!’-

But I could not deny His plea;

For after all, He died for me…

So for His sake, I dried my tears,

And said, ‘Speak, Lord, for I do hear’.

For after all He’s done for me,

Can I refuse His “Follow me.’?

Serving In God’s Vineyard

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In Matthew 20, Jesus tells the parable of the workers in the vineyard. A certain landowner was trying to get his vineyard harvested, so he went out and hired men at 6 A.M, 9 A.M, 12 P.M, 3 P.M, and 5 P.M. He agreed to give them all a penny for their wages. Now, the men who were hired at 6 were not happy, because they thought since they had worked longer, they should get more money. But the landowner’s answer to their complaint was that they had agreed to a penny, and had no right to ask for more. If he chose to give a penny to the men who only worked an hour or two, then that was his right. This parable teaches the valuable lesson of contentment. God has given us each our own lot in life, and we have no right to ask for anything more. If your lot is to work from 6 A.M. to 6 P.M., then don’t complain about it!  Also, don’t look over at the people who only worked one hour and say that they have it better than you do.  God wants all of us to spend our whole lives serving Him, but He knows that doesn’t always happen. Some people don’t get saved until later in life, and God has given them the chance to serve Him with the time they have left. God is an equal opportunity boss: all of His servants get the same reward- eternal life with Him! So next time you’re tempting to stop harvesting the Lord’s vineyard because of other people, remember why you started in the first place: He saved your soul! If that doesn’t give you motivation to serve Him, I don’t know what will.

Imagination

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Imagination’s like a book,

It takes you places, lets you look…

A pirate ship, a jungle lair-

Oh, it can go most anywhere!

Be anything you want to be;

An actor, soldier, jockey, king!

Go do the things you want to do,

Yes, anything! It’s up to you…

Go climb that mountain; bungee-jump;

Go deep-sea diving; see the dump!

Go do some wild, crazy things-

Just be yourself, and try your wings!

No Greater Love

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Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for a friend.” (John 15:13) No action is more applauded or more recognized than that of a person giving his life for a loved one; even more so for a total stranger. We instantly search our own hearts for that spark of selflessness that we so admire in others. However, while we might give our lives for a good man; even the bravest might have trouble giving himself for a evil one. “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.” (Rom. 5:7)  Yet this is what Jesus did. We were not his friends: we were not even good! Despite this fact, He came and died for us!!! Hath any man greater love than this?  But it gets better! God has always loved us, and always will. “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Jeremiah 31:3) And again, “We love him, because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:11)  God loved us before we ever loved Him!  I cannot begin to say how much it touches me that a total Stranger would give His life for me: I cannot even begin to express my gratitude at His selflessness. We all feel touched when we hear of someone giving his life for someone else, but if you are not touched by His sacrifice for people that don’t even deserve it, then your feeler must be broken. While I can not understand why He would decide to love me as I am, there is no way in this world that I would ever turn down His love.  How do you show your love? I can’t help but love Him—because He first loved me!

Friendship

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A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly, and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24) We all have friends. Whether close friends, or mere acquaintances, we just don’t like to do things by ourselves, nor do we like to always be alone. This desire to be with others is not wrong, for God Himself placed it in us. It is alright to have friends that you count on to be there, just as it is right for us to count on God. “Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.” (Proverbs 27:9) I have blessed to have several good friends in my life, and, believe me, it sure does help to have someone to talk to. In life, there are many difficulties that come up, and we need someone to pour out our hearts too. Thus, we need to make sure we keep our friendships strong, for an offended friend is harder to win back than a strong city!(Proverbs 18:19) Here are a few tips for keeping all your friendships strong.

1. Love.

The love of a friend is one of the strongest bonds in the universe. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) You should value your friends above your own happiness.  Your friendship should not be broken by a small mistake, or a misunderstanding, for a true friend will love no matter what happens. Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loveth at all times“, and this should be your goal as a Godly friend.

2. Dependability.

A good friend is utterly trustworthy. If you are constantly blabbing all your friend’s secrets to the world, then you are not a dependable friend. A secret is something that your friend does NOT want anyone else to know! If you are known as a gossip, then people will not want to be your friend. ” A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.” (Proverbs 16:28)  Learn to show discretion with your words, and you will never regret it.

3. Honesty.

A good friend is honest, yet not cruel. It is not necessary to say everything that comes in your head, especially if it will hurt the other person’s feelings. However, we  should never  lie. You can either say nothing at all, or find something nice to say. If you are close friends with someone,and want to keep them from embarrassing themselves, find a kind way to put it. It’s better for them to hear it from you than from a stranger. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” (Proverbs 27:6) Be honest about yourself. Do not keep huge secrets from your friends.  It’s better to be momentarily embarrassed than to lose your friend because of a web of lies. If you want to keep your friends, you will be truthful.

4. Caring.

A true friend honestly care about YOU, not just about what you can give them. As much as possible, you should try to be uplifting and positive, not dreary and sad. “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22) Give some positive feedback! “You look nice today!” “Is that new?” “Good job!” “Congratulations!” It won’t hurt you to say something nice for a change! Obviously, you won’t be laughing and singing all the time, but frowning should not be your default face. Also, care about what is going on in their lives: don’t just talk about yourself all the time. Be considerate of their feelings. If they hate it when you make fun of Donald Duck, then don’t make fun of Donald Duck! Believe me, it won’t hurt you. Don’t be a stumbling block in your friendship by constantly doing things that you know they don’t appreciate. Go the extra mile for your friendship.

5. Thankful.

Don’t ever forget to be thankful that you have friends. So often we don’t realize how much we need someone until they are gone. Enjoy every moment you have with your friends, because you never know when they might not be there anymore. Don’t let yourself waste the precious time that you have over childish squabbles and quarrels. Turn the other cheek, you don’t always have to be right. Let the other person have their way sometimes: it’s not all about you. Don’t take a week to get over a minor disagreement, and don’t get bitter because they didn’t send you a get-well card when you stubbed your toe. Often, friendships break because of the littlest things: but it doesn’t have to be that with you. Forgive freely, be caring, be dependable, love always, and you can have a strong friendship.