Month: July 2011
Last spring we left a bucket on the deck and it sat in the same place for about 6 months. After months of neglect, I recently moved it and this Bermuda grass had grown up through the deck and molded itself to the bottom of the bucket and died.
I thought it made a unique picture and quite pretty really, but it reminded me of the neglect of other things. Actually it reminds me of our life span…the ‘dash’ between our birth date and our death date.
It also reminds me of how short a time we have to train our children. We can neglect our children’s spiritual and moral training and let the world mold them to its shape, and it is so easy to do, and the world is so willing to do it for us. Just doing nothing will accomplish it. Training children up rightly is hard work, but it is so very rewarding!
Doing this easy neglecting…. we can create different “shapes of adults” eventually. We can create drug addicts, alcoholics, dead beats, abusive mothers and fathers, selfish people, evil life styles and all kinds of shapes of people. But it isn’t pretty and it isn’t unique. It is more the norm than unique. How tragic, when it could have been so different!
Written earlier in the year:
Around 4:00 a.m. this morning, it got really stormy with lightning and really loud thunder. The electricity went on and off several times. We have our treadmill in our bedroom and it is on my side of the bed. It has a digital console and when the electricity went off there was a loud beeping. The electricity came back on and the beeping stopped. But then it went off for about one and half hours and the loud beeping kept on for that long. I got up and unplugged all three plugs in the wall to make sure I got the one to the treadmill….still the beeping continued. We couldn’t sleep of course, but with the electricity off there was nothing we could do if we got up…so we just lay there trying to figure out why it would beep without a battery back-up (which it didn’t have). It was very irritating to say the least.
When it started to get light a little before 6:00 I got the flashlight beside my bed and decided to go brush my teeth and get dressed. As I passed the treadmill I noticed the beeping was not coming from it at all…It was coming from the clock radio!!! I pushed the button on top and…PURE BLISSFUL QUIET! I was wide awake by then so I informed Bobby about it and just stayed up. He stayed and made up for it until almost 8:00.
If I had investigated a couple of hours earlier…we could have gone back to sleep…but I was too lazy….convinced there was nothing I could do….complacent….resigned to the situation…willing to tolerate the noise…ignorant of the source…. All of the above actually.
That brings me to this point in my thoughts: Some day in the future there are going to be a lot of people who will have these thoughts come to them about eternal life. It will be too late to investigate! When Jesus speaks of His church, He doesn’t speak of multiple churches. He speaks of only one…of which He is the head. (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22-23)
God says that those who diligently seek Him will find Him. Proverbs 8:17 How many seek God that way??? Can you imagine a little child disappearing from his front yard and his mother looking around and not seeing him…maybe checking next door to see if he’s there and then shrugging her shoulders and going on about her business??? No! She would search the neighborhood and wouldn’t stop searching until she found him. Nothing would be more important than finding her little child! That is called ‘diligently’ searching and this is what the Lord is telling us to do.
P.S. If you need help in searching out what to do to be in a saved condition when Jesus comes to receive His people, Bobby and I would be happy to help you find it. We just do not know the day or hour when Jesus will come back. He doesn’t even know Himself…only God, the Father knows. If you know us and are in our area, just call us and we would be so happy to share with you. We will be kind .
Each little palm print on the wall
Each trinket on the stair,
Remind us daily of the ones
Who proudly left them there.
Someday the wall will be so clear
The stairs a safer place
But in the meantime do make sure
They learn to run the Race!
So enjoy each little thing they do
While in your house they stay;
And help them grow with faith in God
Who’ll lead them all the way.
©Edna L. Ingram, July 30, 2011
One of the most difficult commands that we have been given by our Lord Jesus is the command to forgive. Sometimes it is very difficult to forgive those who have done us wrong. But obedience to this command is so important that we are told in Matthew 6:14-15 that our own forgiveness from the Father is connected directly with our willingness to forgive those who sin against us.
At times we all thoughtlessly do and say things that hurt others. James tells us in James 3:2: “If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.” Many times the ones we hurt the most, are those with whom we share fellowship in Christ. If we cannot learn to forgive, this fellowship in Christ cannot exist.
If someone has said or done something that has hurt you physically or emotionally, and you are finding it difficult to forgive, remember the words of Jesus as He prayed for those who had just hanged Him on the cross: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”
-Wendell Ingram in House to House Publication
Someday that little hand may hold a Bible…and work to proclaim the Word of God; or that little hand may hold a gun…and seek to take the lives and property of others.
Someday that little hand may reach out to render aid to those who are in need…or simply reach for another bottle to satisfy the torturous cravings of an alcoholic.
Someday that little hand may be a tool of generosity and hospitality…used by a truly committed disciple of Jesus…or a tool of greed and selfish ambition, used to lay up treasures on this earth.
People changed our language and instead of calling it “killing our little unborn babies”, we call it abortion ( a medical term) and we got conditioned to the arguments a small bit at a time over the years and then when it happened, no one got too concerned about it. What a situation we have gotten ourselves into!
I hate to use Gabby for this article…but yeah, she’s like that too if she gets a chance. Anyone who would gnaw on the same rat for 3 or 4 days….. Yuck isn’t the word!
SIN IS REPULSIVE TO GOD
I have always been a dog lover and over the years I have had opportunity to own a number of good dogs. I have always enjoyed spending time with my dogs and have found few things more enjoyable than having a dog that is loyal and lives to please its master.
But there is one thing that has always infuriated me about dogs and that is their habit of eating and wallowing in things that are dead and decaying. If you have a dog, you know what I’m talking about. You go outside and your dogs come running to meet you, licking your hand as you reach down to pet them and then it hits you…the smell of a dead, putrid armadillo or some other dead and rotting animal that your dogs have been feasting on and wallowing in. You jerk your hand back and refuse to pet them, you shoo them away so they don’t rub the smell on your clothes and you scold them for eating and wallowing in such filth!
But they don’t understand the problem. It is difficult to communicate to dogs how repulsive the smell of decaying flesh is to humans and that their eating and wallowing in such filth has an adverse affect on their relationship with their master. No matter how much I love my dogs and no matter how loyal and eager they are to please, I refuse to be around them when they fill their stomachs and cover themselves with the filth.
When this happens, (and living out on the farm, it happens quite often) it reminds me of man’s relationship with God. Just as decaying flesh is repulsive to us and we make every effort to avoid all contact with such filth, sin is repulsive to God and He refuses to be in its presence. Psalms 5: 4-6 states: You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; You hate all who do wrong. You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the LORD abhors. In Habakkuk 1:12, the prophet says of God: Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; You cannot tolerate wrong.
If we could only understand how repulsive sin is to God. God loves us so much that He gave His only Son to take away our sin and reconcile us to Himself, but though God loves us, He cannot look upon nor be in the presence of sin. If we want a close and personal relationship with God, we must make every effort to keep our lives free from those things that are repulsive to Him.
The apostle John makes this very clear in 1 John 1: 5-6: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the Truth. Again in John 3: 5-6 he states: But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins. And in Him is no sin. No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.
If we desire to dwell in the presence of God, we must make every effort to stay far away from everything that makes us repulsive to Him.
-Wendell Ingram, Wapanucka church of Christ bulletin.