Don't Worry

Don't Worry

“If you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change. If you're in a good situation, don't worry it'll change.” -John A. Simone, Sr.

It's been said that most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.  John Ortberg reminds us that being busy is one of our greatest enemies and how... 'we must ruthlessly eliminate hurry and worry from our lives.'  

"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”  Unknown

Think of how nature is never in a hurry and yet it seems to accomplish what is needed.  "I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  Look at the birds. God takes care of them, He'll take care of you!

These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, live for Him, and he will give you everything you need."  Matthew 6: 30-33.

Remember that to worry about tomorrow is to be unhappy today.

May God Bless You Real Good...  

Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love

The only love worthy of a name is unconditional. ~John Powell

It was Albert Einstein who said:  Gravitation can not be held responsible for people falling in love.  Once a baby is born it has a need for love and never outgrows it.  

"The entire law is summed up in a single command: Love your neighbor as yourself."  ~Galatians 5:14. Busyness is the great enemy of relationships. We become preoccupied with making a living, accomplishing our goals, and focused on getting ahead. However, life minus love equals zero!  

The greatest gift you can give someone is your time!  Listen to 1 John 3:18 "My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action."  

May God Bless You Real Good...  

Kindness is Contagious

Kindness is Contagious

I've learned that kindness given to one person is contagious and will be passed along. When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people. Kindness can become its own motive. Have you ever noticed how we are made kind by being kind.

I believe that Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, or learning combined.  Jesus told us in John 13:35 that others would know we are Christian (His Disciples) by our love.  When you carry out acts of kindness you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, yes, this is how I ought to feel. Jesus wants us to be just like Him, and He was kind...  to everyone!!!

May God Bless You Real Good... 

Doubt

Doubt

"Don't worry about it" has always been an answer that's left me unsettled. I remember hearing it most when I was young and would pepper every adult I could find with questions about the complexity of the universe (apparently not everyone was interested in exactly how magnets pull on each other). My aversion to that answer didn't fade away with my childhood, either. Being the painfully inquisitive person I am, I would certainly test my professors patience all throughout my studies in Theology, never willing to just accept things just because that's the way they're written in a textbook.

What began as youthful curiosity led to a genuine concern about my skeptical nature. I wondered if it was wrong for me to have doubts about theology, about religion, about my belief system, or even about science the way the world teaches it. At times, I was even ashamed by it.

I love reading about the disciples because I feel like I can relate to them. They're committed to following Jesus, yes, but they're also a bunch of goofy young men who make mistakes and have flaws. The story I find so relatable here is in John 20:25 where Thomas declares "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe". It wasn't good enough for Thomas that his friends saw Jesus, he had to experience it himself.

Of course this interaction earned him the title "Doubting Thomas", and many throughout history looked down upon him. I love Jesus' answer, though. He didn't chastise Thomas. He didn't rebuke him. He simply said "Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."

Do you ever have doubt like Thomas, or me? Do you, at times, wonder if Jesus is there in the room with you? May you not feel ashamed or bury your doubt, but take it to Jesus. Just like he had Thomas feel his side, I'm confident Jesus will draw close to you in a way that gives peace and breathes life! May your doubts find rest. May you believe!

Dreams

Dreams

Have you ever had a really BIG dream? Something you feel would make a difference not only in your life but the life of others. It's important to dream, the Bible tells us in the last days there will be dreamers. It was Oscar Wilde who once said, "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."  In 1st Corinthians 2:9 we read, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” In other words, we can only imagine the wonderful things He has planned for us, but until then we have been called to service.

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. I might have wonderful ideas, but not until I put them into practice will they ever get done. The future depends on what we do in the present. Most of us want to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it. So... Live without pretending, Love without depending, Listen without defending, Speak without offending.

And May God Bless You Real Good...  Dave