Monthly Archives: May 2011

We are not who we were

As we live our lives, from the moment of our birth, we are constantly changing. Each new experience causes us to learn and as we mature, presents us with decisions to make. We must choose how to act or react to each experience. We must choose to learn a lesson from each experience or choose to ignore the lesson presented. We all have read of examples of people who persevered through adversity to become great men and women of our times. We also know of people who spiraled downward and never found the courage to recover.

I am not the same person I was 5 years ago, 10 years ago, or even 20 years ago. I was a nerdy teenager, then a so-so soldier, then a hard working warehouse grunt, and finally a husband and father. All the while I was growing in and out of my faith, trying to find out where I was to be. I am still growing and will continue to grow. Like many persons excited by their faith, I was too zealous and in my excitement, I probably turned many people off. I have mellowed with age.

I have learned through my marriage and relationships that working very hard to renew your love and desire everyday is absolutely necessary. This is not what I did at first. This took time and maturity. I am still learning and always will.

People do change, but a person must be open to change or forced to change through their circumstances. You can’t change anyone, but you can help them change through support and creating circumstances that are conducive to change. All of us change and learn each and every day. Even Jesus in his youth became wise and grew strong. (Luke 2:52).  Our journey of change and learning never ends until we pass from this earth, and after that, who knows.

Our world, our knowledge, our beliefs, our likes and dislikes are ever changing. For instance, have you ever re-read an inspirational reading and it says something different to you this time than the last time? This happens to me. My perceptions change. My viewpoint changes. Arguments and decisions change based on new information and new understanding. Our life is in constant flux. I am not who I was. I am who I am now, but changing every day, hopefully for the better. I make mistakes. I try to learn from them, but if not, I am sure God will present me with the lesson again.

Pay attention to the wonderful gifts and blessings around you. Learn and know that you are loved. Take care, stay well and be safe.

Judgment Day May 21, 2011 – NOT!

The rapture and its accompanying earthly calamities did not occur on May 21, 2011. I am not surprised.  Mark 13:32 KJV tells us that Jesus said “But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” According to there have been 242 and counting predictions of the end of the world, dating as far back as 44 A.D. and as far into the future as 2047, as well as the ever popular “soon.”

It is purposed that we are not told, for if we knew, wouldn’t that just allow us to be misbehave until the impending time? I do believe that Jesus will come again and the prophesies of the end times are beginning to take shape. We have instant communications around the globe. The Gospel is reaching every corner of the world. Isreal is a nation again. Jews are flocking back to Isreal. But still, I have no idea when the end times will occur. It could be tomorrow or hundreds of years from now. Several other prophesies have yet to be completed, such as the rebuilding of the temple.
I fear, tough, that this has been a tragic day for the followers of Harold Camping. I read some reports that some of his followers sold their homes, quit their jobs and drained their bank accounts in preparation for and advertising of Judgment Day. I am concerned about those who sacrificed their financial well-being for this cause. However, if I read correctly, Harold Camping held on to millions of dollars. Not only should this damage Mr. Camping’s credibility but unfortunately it damages the Bible’s legitimate message. For those that do not understand the danger in Mr. Camping’s musings, it represents that the Bible is not dependable, even though numerous prophesies have been fulfilled.

I pray that the followers of Mr. Camping will be able to recover from this tragedy of faith in a man claiming to know more than the Son of God. I do not yet know how Mr. Camping will explain away his failure to accurately predict the day and time of the return of Jesus. I do hope his followers will go to their Bibles and see for themselves that yes, they do have to be ready, not at any particular time, but all the time.

I am sure that Harold Camping believed every word he spoke. He made a similar prediction for September 1994. I am hoping that he will take God’s word for it that he cannot know. While we are all still here, I wish you happiness, safety and much love. Take care, stay well and be safe.

The Human-ness of Jesus

It is hard for some to wrap their heads around that Jesus was both God and man, fully God and fully man. While He was among us on earth, Jesus was fully human. He was born to a woman. He grew up just like you and I. He became angry and distressed. He sought answers and asked questions. He thirsted and hungered. He was tempted by Satan, and I am sure He was tempted throughout his life. He befriended Martha, Mary and Lazarus. He knew the love of friendship and the joy of company. He worked hard and rested to rejuvenate and contemplate. He suffered terribly and experienced pain.

We celebrated Easter a little while where we remember Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. I know that Jesus died for me. He redeemed all of us through His blood sacrifice that covered for the last time and completely the sins of all man before, then, now and forever. As much as I appreciate what Jesus did for me, I am equally amazed and grateful that Jesus lived for me – lived as a man for me.

Like a worker has more respect for a manager who worked their way through the ranks because even though they are not in the trenches they know what it was like to be in the trenches. Jesus knows and has experienced the temptations, drives and emotions of being human. Satan tempted Jesus with the most basic of drives: hunger, pride, ambition, riches and greed.

How human was Jesus? Jesus was fully human. He was born like us, He even looked like us. He probably wasn’t the tall, blonde, blue-eyed European that I have seen in a lot of pictures. I have no idea what Jesus looked like. He did not walk around with a halo levitating a few inches above His head. Before Jesus was arrested, Judas told the guards that he would kiss Jesus so that the guards could know which man was Jesus. So He must have looked very much like the other Jewish men in attendance. He died for us. He could have used the immense powers available to Him to keep Himself safe. But He came here for a purpose, to live for us, to deliver a message and to give His human life as a final sacrifice to redeem all of us.

Jesus was fully God. He was resurrected and returned to his previous glory and lives forever. Jesus had a dual nature. Paul, in his letter to the Philipians, in Chapter 2: 5 – 11 NIV, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross! Therefore, God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

God knows that we are imperfect. He created us with an incredible gift called “free will”. That means that we make decisions all the time, both good and bad. Jesus became the “perfect” sacrifice for the “imperfect” us. Jesus suffered horribly in the end, rejected, dejected and betrayed. He knows how you feel. He knows what drives you. He knows your struggles and hardships. Jesus loves you now and always.

Jesus became human so that He can know me. For this I am grateful. Jesus died so that I can have a way to dwell with God. For this I am thankful. I have accepted that He loved me so much that all this was done for me. For this I am forgiven. I make mistakes, I will continue to make mistakes but I know Jesus understands and I take comfort in this and seek his understanding. Please know that you are never alone. Know that Jesus is always there for you.

The Motherhood of Mom

Oliver Wendell Holmes once said about mothers, “The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men- from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.”

Motherhood is defined as the kinship relationship between an offspring and the mother. Of course this is true, but a Mom is much more than that. A Mom may or may not be the biological parent of a person. A Mom is the woman in your life who nurtured you, cared about you, loved and supported you. I have a friend who adopted a beautiful little girl who is now 12 (Now how did that happen?). Even though my friend is not her biological mother, this beautiful little princess receives the full definition of Mom. She is loved and cherished. This is one example I have experienced to prove that a Mom is more than just a mother. She is the incredible angel that funnels God’s love to and through her children. She has an awesome and beautiful responsibility.

Unfortunately today, many Moms lack support today from a loving husband. Ephesians 5:33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Many Moms find themselves raising children on their own. They face great difficulty but most seem to manage. Some of these Moms feel weak or somehow inadequate, but I know they exhibit great strength, great courage and even greater love. They pour their heart and soul and every ounce of effort into doing the very best for their children. Of course, there are bad mother’s out there, but never have I met a bad Mom. I have enormous respect for Moms.

“There is an instinct in a woman to love most her own child – and an instinct to make any child who needs her love, her own.” – Robert Brault. I think this is another wonderful definition of Mom and a fantastic view of motherhood. A woman who has a baby is a mother, but it is the practice of motherhood and the exercising of great love and care that makes her a Mom.

Sometimes we see images of a mother as a frazzled woman with flyaway hair frustrated by multiple demands on her time, talents and energies. Although this image may sometimes be real, but it is just this image that shows the strength that women are perfectly capable of. Day in and day out, Moms accomplish so many incredible duties, both of love, life and downright survival. Women, it has been said, are the weaker sex, but I beg to differ. The ability of women to juggle multiple duties with such courage, skill and endurance make them strong creatures indeed.  Being a Mom is tough, hard work, filled with both real and intangible rewards. I implore all of you to think about the things your Mom (biological or not) did for you. Realize that each and every little task done for you is a way to say “I love you.” If they are still alive, make sure you let them know you appreciate their efforts. If they have passed on, thank God for the loving care you were given. To all the women who out there are Moms now and in the future, Happy Mother’s Day!!

Don’t forget to check out the Mom’s Life video that I posted last year. You can find it here:  It’s A Mom’s Life