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I have to ask myself what is it that Jesus wants and how do I find the answer? I have found as I'm sure you have that we all go through life with a kind of false face on. We all wear a face that we want others to see and in many cases we become what we think others want us to be. Some think they are fatter than they really are and some think they are smarter than they really are. Some are taken in by their own beauty and come to believe they should be served while others think they are just ordinary when they truly have the real beauty within. Many put up blocks to keep others from seeing who they are because they truly don't think they will be accepted if they don't. We humans play many games like not giving to the poor because they might want more, or we humans will not stop and help a fellow in distress because we truly think it might lead into much more than we are willing to give. Many of us will never admit we don't know much about our jobs or how we feel we should be doing something else and this job is temporary, but deep down we know we are not doing what we love. We know life is passing us by but we continue to put off the very things we desire.
Many people think that if we could get a particular person to love us life would always be what we want it to be or if we could just have a new car, or that four bedroom home with a swimming pool in the back yard than life would be very good. Some believe if they could just find that short cut and move up the social ladder while they are still young than life would be all they dreamed it could be. Others strive with being accepted by their peers and never truly believe they have when the fact is those they are trying to impress are not even aware of their efforts. Many act like all the others in their group by wearing the same clothes, shoes, hats, and even walking and talking the same way so they can be accepted by or be identified as part of a social gang.
Some worry over how clean their house is or worry over all the leaves in their yard in the fall, or the snow in their drive during the winter and some worry over how others think their perfume smells and how their hair looks but what does all this truly mean and is it what life is all about? What would it all mean if you were told you will die within a month? What would you start thinking about as you lie there on your death bed?
Would it be how you should have treaded people better? Would it be that you should have kissed your mate more and told them they are as important as life to you? What about the many hours you spent reading your paper, watching T. V. or playing that favorite video game instead of playing with or talking to your children? What would you think about now that you are going to die? Would it be that you would see the importance of integrity, or having a reputation that was truly honorable and would endure long after you were gone? Would you regret many things you have done or not done?
What we all should do is find a place that is quiet and do some real searching as if we have a short time to live and see what is important. I think if we strip away all this stuff we think we are, or should be we will find what Jesus can do with us. I think we can be happier and enjoy life and the people around us. We could even come to understand that the struggle we find ourselves in is of our own making and does not have to be. You see all we really need to do is find independent Reality.
It's recorded in Matt 6:24-34 that Jesus taught this lesson. He stated "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' "For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own."
by: Timothy M. Youngblood
Copyright © 1993
No one is more humble than a new born
babe, and there's nothing more humbling than the grave. Although we all start
and end the same, we forget
as we play life's game.
We place our own importance on what
then we look down on those who have less. We come to believe
this world was ours all along, but my friend we couldn't be more wrong.
Consider all the Kings of old and ask who possess their lands and gold.
Or just look at the great mountains
in their majesty, or the vastness of the deep blue sea. Look
at the grand-canyon as her river cuts it's path by and by, and if that's not
enough, look up at the night sky. Then you will feel humble as a new born
babe, or perhaps as humble as an old man going to his grave.
Yes, although we all start and end
the same, we forget
as we play life's game.
We place our own importance on what we possess then we look down on those who have less. We come to believe this world was ours all along, but my friend we couldn't be more wrong.
We're only pilgrims passing through,
and none of this really belongs to me or you.
So you see now my friend it only matters what we do from now till then, not what we posses or think we might win, so be humble as a new born babe, and don't forget the old man as he goes to his grave.
Yes don't forget the old man as he goes to his grave!
Regards and God bless
Timothy M. Youngblood