Day: August 21, 2011
We took this beautiful scene as we were traveling in Southern Oklahoma. If you will notice, the fence and the grass close to it are very blurry…but the scenery farther out is clear. That’s because we were traveling 70 miles an hour when the picture was taken. The cows seem to be eating peacefully in their pasture.
Life is like this picture. Up close…things like tragedies, hard times and heartache, are blurry and we try to figure out ‘why’. It is hard to focus when our mind is on the “Why things like this happen.” But when you look at the ‘big picture’ of God and His eternity…it becomes more clear and trusting Him becomes easier. Studying God’s Word and applying it to our lives helps us to focus on the big picture of life. We really need to focus on the “Big Picture” and our lives will begin to make sense and have purpose while we live here on this earth.
A revival however great, can never make up for the awful waste of young life through our neglect of education from the cradle up. “Bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” is the divine plan for dealing with the Christian’s children, instead of waiting for a big revival to sweep them into the right path after they got the wrong start. -Gayle Oler
I like this excerpt from Gayle Oler, former Superintendent of Boles’ Children’s Home in Texas.
One of the best sermons I’ve ever heard was Bro Oler’s. He was teaching on the church and he said that Satan wants to keep us out of the church of Christ…
but if we get into it (obeying the gospel), it’s a big blow to him but he will just work hard to get us back out of it.
If he can’t get us back out of it…that’s ok too. He will just ruin us in it! Very thought provoking, isn’t it?
Sometimes Bobby and I like to get out and drive around in the country on old roads where we used to travel and live. It brings back lots of memories…some good, some bad.
You know, we need to travel the old paths spiritually also. Those paths (New Testament, Covenant for today) brings back memories also. One of the bad memories and one that tears at my heart, is our Savior being so mistreated, for our sake!
There is no worse mis-treatment for Christ today… than for people to scorn His church that He died for, and to start or to recognize by our allegience, a group that was started by mere man and ignore the one He died for. There are hundreds of them today in the United States alone.
The good memories are the great love He had for us… and what He did for us before we knew HIm… and the church that His blood bought… that we can read about in the Bible. (Book of Acts…Read about its beginning).