Christ as our Center

Like many I have been watching the news of Billy Graham’s death. While I believe in honoring a man who was passionate about the gospel, I am convicted about having the proper motivation. Even Jesus Christ prayed “Glorify Your Son, so that your Son may glorify You” – John 17:1 (NET).

As we reflect on the life of godly men let us not focus on them, but on Christ. Christ is the reason they are godly and the source of their success.

None of us may seem to have the impact for the gospel that Billy Graham did, but ultimately the impact is up to God. So continue to serve God with all you have. He will use it for His glory and you will hear “well done”.

Frame Work

This post provides an update to a project I started some time ago. I wrote about a frame that I was working on. I have taken the next step with this hideous project to see if I can make improvements. It doesn’t really look any better than the last time, but like I said before – this frame is a work in progress.

As it stands right now, the paint blobs have been removed. I have decided to try something completely different from my original plan. I wanted to show the “scars” of the frame as an analogy for life. Now I plan on filling them in and sanding the frame down to make things smooth. There are many scars in this life. However, in heaven the scars will be removed. When God calls me to my heavenly home, He will provide complete healing. I will be perfect then. My life (my journey on earth) is all about my eternal home where I will praise and worship God without hindrance. I have asked God to help me live with eternity in mind. I hope this frame will provide a needed reminder.

I pray this can be a blessing to my friends who know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. To those of you who do not have a personal relationship with Christ – most of my blog posts probably don’t make sense. I am a child of God, because of John 1:12 (NET), “But to all who have received Him – those who believe in His name – He has given the right to become God’s children.” Romans 10:9-10 (NET) tells us how to “receive” God. “Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and thus has righteousness and with the mouth one confesses and thus has salvation.”

If you do not understand what this means, please contact me and I will share what God has taught me. If you aren’t comfortable contacting me, ask God to show you. You need to talk to Him anyway.

Frame Work in Progress

With All Our Heart

As Valentine’s Day approaches, our minds and hearts wander towards thoughts of love. Understandably so. We all want to love and be loved. However, our hearts tend to seek love without first pursuing God’s love. So this Valentine’s seek God first. Then He will direct your heart to perfect love. His.

This picture was taken by my grandfather at the Hungry Horse Dam in Montana. I believe sometime in the 1950’s based on the age of the two children in the picture. Who are they? My dad and his sister.

Crushed Flower

“Forgiveness is the fragrance of the flower that clings to the heel that crushed it.” -Unknown

Wow! When my friend gave me this saying she had come across, I was a bit overwhelmed. This is loaded.

First of all, I go through the issues of knowing my pride does not want to forgive others. I also battle with the misuse of forgiveness as an excuse for sin (we change Romans 6:2). When I forgive someone it does not justify their sin. Forgiveness gives up the right to exact justice for the wrong.

As I look at the saying, I start at the end. A wrong can be like someone stepping on a flower – thus crushing it. Sin causes damage. The beauty of forgiveness is that even though the flower is crushed, it still has fragrance. A beautiful fragrance. That oil of fragrance will stay on “the heel that crushed it.”

Our sin nature will often struggle with the misuse of forgiveness – both on the giving and receiving end. However, God has given us the beautiful fragrance of Christ’s forgiveness as an example. Let’s share it appropriately with each other.