Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
You know the Bible verse talking about how you shouldn't try to pick the speck out of your brother's eye when you have a plank in your own? Well, I need to work on that.
Often, I realize when I'm judging someone, and I try to stop. I know that things I used to judge other people for I ended up doing myself, so I have no right to judge someone else's choices.
However, sometimes I think I have the right to comment on how people can fix their lives in areas that I think I have under control. I guess I figure I can help in an area that others might not see they have a problem with, because I have already figured it out.
That doesn't always work out though.
I have commented on areas that I think people can fix in passing conversation. It usually doesn't end well, because I have upset people unintentionally.
I wrote a post earlier about how it is better to listen that comment much of the time. Some situations people have not even asked me to listen, yet I have commented on situations that I have seen.
I end with the argument, "I was just trying to help." Have you done that before? Much of the time when you're just trying to help, you're just butting in where you're not wanted.
I have had people give me unsolicited advice, which I take with a smile on my face but wonder where they have to room to talk to me about situations they don't understand. I should remember that next time I feel I should talk about something I don't need to talk about.
I think the best thing in these situations is to first pray. Perhaps later you're led to talk to someone about a problem you see in their life, but maybe they aren't willing to listen until God does a little work in their lives.
I see myself as a quiet person, but with people I know well, I tend to talk a lot. Those are the people I tend to hurt with my talk, because I don't think enough before I speak.
So I guess the lesson here is, keep my mouth shut unless I have really thought through what I am going to say.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
I got to go home this weekend, over Easter. It was a busy trip, like most trips home are, but it was a lot of fun.
I got to see my grandparents, spend time shopping with my mom, have a barbecue with my brother, sister-in-law and parents and attended a welcome home party for my friend's husband who just got back from Afghanistan.
I was driving around town to all these different places and realized you really can come home again.
I have heard the opposite saying - you can't go home - because home changes too much while you're gone.
Yes, every time I go home, a new building has popped up and new housing additions are added. The city is constantly expanding into the country.
However, when I stood in the foyer of my home church, I looked around and say the same faces that were there for all my growing up years. A few I didn't know, but the kids from my youth group were there - some with spouses and babies in tow. The youth group leaders were there with a few more gray hairs. I looked around and thought, "You really can come home again."
I am glad that my parents are even still in the same house I grew up in, and I'm still greeted by my puppy who is now almost 13 years old. She ran out to meet me and then twisted her arthritic paw and hobbled around on three legs for the next day. Who knows how much longer she will be there when I go home.
As I get older, on trips home, conversations include more and more memories. My brother and I chatted about getting our dog, and the one dog we almost got until we found out she didn't like my dad. We talked about Easter holidays at my aunt's house growing up. We chatted about the sixth-grade camp out when my brother - my high school leader - made the boys in his group wear duct tape so he knew who he had to keep track of.
I'm not very old, but it still seems like I have a lifetime of memories. Sixth grade seems so very far gone. Easters are now full of the next generation of children as my cousins start to reproduce.
Yet, as much as time has passed, everything still seems so familiar when I drive home. Those roads that I traveled so often are not so very different today.
Although times change, it's still nice to know that home is there waiting for you.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
There's no such thing as too much candy.
All work and no play can make you a basket case.
A cute tail attracts a lot of attention.
Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.
Some body parts should be floppy.
Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans.
Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.
The grass is always greener in someone else's basket.
To show your true colors, you must come out of the shell.
The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.
However, as fun as these things are, they're still missing the real reason for Easter. I'm not sure when the Easter Bunny came along and how the holiday turned into another one about food, candy and presents, but the real reason for the holiday is so much sweeter.
Jesus came into the world as the son of God. He lived a perfect life - never committing a sin. He did miracles, healed people and preached, but some people did not like that.
Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, was tortured horrendously and killed on a cross. At 3 p.m. today, Good Friday, the horn was blown in Jerusalem to make the Jews stop during the sacrifice of the lamb. It was at that exact time that Jesus gave up his last breath on the cross - the lamb sacrifice for all of us who have sinned.
"He who knew no sin became sin."
Thank the Lord that he provided a special lamb sacrifice for all of us. He tore the temple curtain in Jerusalem in two to show us that he was no longer off limits. We are all now allowed into the Holy of Holies to worship him, to build a relationship with him, to serve him.
It was all because of Jesus sacrifice on the cross.
But it doesn't end there.
At my home church, we call Easter Resurrection Sunday. That's because it's not about the Easter Bunny, it's about celebrating that Jesus resurrected from the dead that day. He overcame death so we too are not bound by sin and death anymore.
After he resurrected, the stone in front of his tomb was rolled away - not to let him out, but to let us in.
So Happy Easter, but remember the Easter Bunny has got nothing on the Savior of the world that truly deserves all the worship on this most holy of days.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Life isn't necessarily all about being happy, but often using our gifts is the best way to stay happy.