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Don’t let the commercials distract you

Pr. 28:6:  “Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.”

Not having cable, I rarely see commercials.  Yesterday I watched, in amazement, a commercial about fingernail polish.  It started with flirting and ended with 2 people in bed together.  For some fingernail polish.  Really!?

I am not trying to write a bitter diatribe about our society, but it saddens me when I see things like this.  Sin has a mighty grip on our world.  Sin would have us believe that life is all about ourselves, popularity, status, fame, success, sex, and sexiness.

Millions of dollars are spent daily on indulgences, advertisements, and commercials telling us how our lives should be.  Meanwhile, there are people dying every second from hunger.  Christians are dying and being persecuted for the Word of God.  Young girls are enslaved in human trafficking.  Babies are being killed.  People are dying from the lack of the simplest of the medical care.  There are still some who do not know the Lord as their Savior.

There is a work for us to do here on this earth, and I can assure you that it has nothing to do with wearing the sexiest fingernail polish or clothes, having the sexiest body, having the most impressive position at a company, having the most partners or experiences in bed, or having the most socially acceptable friends.

Integrity, a servant’s heart, modesty, humility, contentedness, purity, generosity, and honesty are still better.  God created us for a purpose.  I don’t care what this sin-cursed, sexy-fingernail-polish-wearing world says, God’s will and plans are still what are most important.

We still have work to do.  We don’t have time to allow the commercials and distractions of sin, temptation, or possessions to keep us from that work.  We must choose God, choose integrity, and choose to stay focused on the work for which we were created.  We may not be able to save the entire world in 1 day, but we can start with 1 person in 1 moment, and change a life.

We have to regain our focus on what is truly important.  That starving child does NOT care what kind of lipstick, suit, or shoes we are wearing.  The young girl enslaved in sexual trafficking is not worried about your fingernail polish.  The lady dying from a curable parasite is not interested in which Christmas dishes or tablet you’re picking out.  Those things are distractions and they do not matter.

There are people trapped in sin and others who have never even heard of the Lord.  We must reach out and show the love of Jesus and share about His sacrifice and forgiveness now.  It doesn’t matter what our position or status in society, God can use us to save people’s souls.

We must come to our senses.  We have a job to do, and people are counting on us!

Thank you for indulging me,

jamie

 

Treehouses and neighbors

Pr. 14:21:  “He who despises his neighbor sins; but he who has mercy on the poor happy is he.”

Recently my husband and I were talking about treehouses.  He was recalling the tree in his neighbor’s yard in which he and his friends used to play.  He said that if they ever began to climb too high, the lady would come out of her house and tell them to get back down, but that she never said a word if they were down at the bottom.

I thought about her and mentioned how she must have been watching them the whole time, ensuring they were ok and probably enjoying the scene of kids at play.  He recalled how nice she was.

When he was a young child, my husband’s family was very financially poor.  He said that when this same lady would come back from grocery shopping she would have a bag of groceries for him to take in to his mom.  With a smile he recalled that there would almost always be sweet treats in the bag, which was something his family couldn’t afford to buy on their own.

This lady is a wonderful example of someone who did not despise her neighbor, but had mercy on them.  She left a lasting impression of love and kindness on my husband.  When Jesus called us to love our neighbor as ourselves, this is exactly what he meant.  What is it that you enjoy?  Find a ‘neighbor’ to share it with, and show the love of God today.

Recalling the love I’ve been shown,

jamie

Give!

Pr. 28:27:  “He who gives to the poor will not lack, but he who hides his eyes will have many curses.”

I have always loved the positive side of this verse.  The not so positive side; however, is a little scary.  If we hide our eyes and pretend we don’t see needs we will have many curses.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want many curses.

We cannot hide our eyes from the needs around us.  God doesn’t play the “I didn’t realize the need was so bad” lying game.  God knows what’s in our hearts.  The Lord can see into the depths of our souls and He knows the truth.

What is beautiful is that if we give to the poor we truly will not lack.  I have never gone a day without my needs being met.  I have had hard times.  I have had times when I almost didn’t have food.  The Lord; however, always provided for my every need.  Always.  He is faithful.  He does not allow us to give and not receive in return.

Try Him.  Trust His word enough to give it a shot.  He will come through for you.  He will always be the Provider He promised to be.  He will supply your needs just as He said He would.  He will provide you with a box of food.  He will pay that bill.  He will even give bonuses sometimes:

This morning, we had a wonderful family adventure, walking to the new McDonald’s in town.  We laughed, yelled, looked at the creek, picked wildflowers, took pictures, enjoyed each other’s company, and smiled the entire time.  On our way back home, a couple stopped us and asked about our flowers and what we’d been doing.  They had the biggest smiles on their faces, and before they drove off they gave us $20 to take the kids for donuts.  How sweet was that?  We praised God for the bonus!                I think He liked our family day.  🙂

Not only did that couple give, but we were blessed by a bonus.  Thank you, Lord.

Put Him first.  Tithe your first fruits.  Give to those in need around you.  By putting your faith and trust in the Lord, you CAN do this.  You can trust in the fact that He truly is who He says He is and He will meet your needs.

If we hide our eyes, we will also find that He is who He says He is, but it won’t be so lovely.  He cannot lie.  Don’t even let the curses come your way.  Just give!  You can never out give the Creator of all things.  He’s the One that made everything in the first place.  I think He can handle the rest.

Never lacking,

jamie

Have pity

Pr. 19:17:  “He who has pity on the poor lends to The Lord, and He will pay back what he has given.”

Notice He says we are “lending” to the Lord.  We can never out give God!  He will always pay us back.  If we have true faith, we can determine in our minds that we will give, trusting that God has not lied and will truly supply our needs.  (whether we are giving time, furniture, forgiveness, mercy, money, clothing, food…anything)

The Lord said if we seek first His kingdom our needs would be added to us.  God has glorious riches.  God is our Creator, our Sustainer, and our Provider.  If we only ‘believe,’ as Jesus commanded in Mark 11:24, He will prove His word true and provide all we need and more.  We can walk in our calling as children of God.  We can believe our Father’s words are 100% true!  We can never out give our God.

There is a world all around us that is hurting, searching, and in need of a God that will also meet their needs.  We have to introduce them to Jesus!  We can’t keep Him to ourselves.  Test it out today.  Have pity on someone and show them the love of Jesus through your gift.  I can say with certainty that God will pay you back.

Trusting,

jamie