Month: December 2011
During World War II in Europe, one day the medics had
brought the wounded in from the front lines to the field
hospital. One man was so severely wounded they thought he
wasn’t going to make it…so they just let him lie there while they
tended to the others.One of the German prisoners of war, the
American camp was holding, was helping bring in the gurneys
with the wounded men on them. He told the American soldiers
that he thought he could help that man. They asked the severely
injured man if it would be okay and he was conscious enough to
say, “Yeah! Let’s get on with it!”
He lived to relate this story of his near death, and lived until his
middle 60′s. This story was related by him to Bobby’s brother.
The German prisoner of war reminds me of the Hippocratic
oath that doctors have to make and shows how much has
changed in our modern times. The modern version of the
Hippocratic oath is still very virtuous but is being disparaged in
some areas today, especially in the area of deaths of little
babies, yet unborn. And one of the latest versions has included a
phrase that sometimes they have to take life, but they must be
humane in doing so. Take life!!!
It also reminds me of how Jesus did even more for His
enemies….while we were still His enemies. Grace = Unmerited
Favor (Unearned Favor).
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To me, there is no sadder situation than a family broken by divorce. It was along about the 1960’s that television shows were being written that made it look sharp and up to date to be divorced or widowed and the women or men in the families struggling to raise a family alone or the mixed family. Remember them? The Partridge Family, The Brady Bunch, My Three Sons and from there even today, dozens of them are aired, some not quite as moral as these.
What had happened to “The Donna Reed Show” Father Knows Best” and “Leave It to Beaver.” Almost every one of those shows incorporated some moral situation solved that left you with a sense of morality and integrity. To illustrate how far from the morals of that day we have distanced ourselves as a nation, just listen to the ridicule of those old television shows in the media today! I believe they played an important role in our culture during those years.
I believe also, that the filthy, immoral, disrespectful, broken family shows of today play a role in our society. The entertainment industry has glorified the single parent family, but where is the glory when children grow up into confused adults with different life styles, as society calls it? Where is the glory in the real life situations of little children we see every day who are in the process of having their home broken up? Our God and Creator ordained that every child have a mother and father in the home.
No broken home is a normal home, no matter how well they have managed. Our home was a broken home by death, the year I turned three. I cannot remember the heartache part of that, but I do know that death is kind compared to divorce in a family and has only a percentage of the heartache and grief that a family and children have that are in a family broken by divorce. No one can know the grief of a little child when a daddy or mommy, decides he/she is going away and just disappears out of their lives. Another tragic thing about it is the children sometimes grow up to be the same kind of parents. The most tragic thing of all is when the grandparents, for one reason or another, encourage this kind of thing, instead of letting the couple work it out themselves!
No, it doesn’t take a village. It takes parents who are committed to one another and to their children, who hang together through the bad times and the good times…knowing that if given time… “this too shall pass.”
We do not need villages or governments to do the job of parenting and making decisions for our families. They have their places in our lives but not that place!
We had a roll of tape once…and it was the best tape for any thing you wanted to use it for. So I used it for everything…stuck it on everything that needed tape stuck on it.
When it ran out and we put that kind of tape on our shopping list, I was appalled when we looked it up in the store. It was quite expensive for just a roll of tape….so much so that I just bought some Scotch brand clear adhesive tape. I guess I had forgotten how much it had cost. If I had known the good tape was that expensive, I’d have been much more careful in how I treated it.
There was a young boy who played ball and was a great ball player. He learned in Bible class one day that he should not put baseball before Christ and that if every ball player who claimed to be a Christian would be determined to do that…the school would not have a full team and would have to refrain from having games on ‘church’ nights. He was determined, but…his dad told him: “You can’t let your team down!”
The means that God used to secure us in Christ was very expensive and precious! If we just realized how much so…maybe we would be more careful in how we ‘use’ Him…like respecting His Day and not putting sports, company, rodeos, vacations, etc., before Him, and not using His precious Name in vain. Maybe we forget how much the cost was.
Unlike the lowly ol’ tape in the above paragraph…He doesn’t get used up and He doesn’t give up on us. We need to secure ourselves to Him through obedience to His Word, the Bible and stay close to Him. He is deserving of praise, honor, love, devotion and worth every minute of our lives that we live for Him.
WHAT ARE WE DOING WITH OUR TREASURES?
When I was living in West Texas, I worked for a construction company that employed a number of migrant workers from Old Mexico. Most of these Mexican workers were men who left their families in Mexico, and came up for the summer to work on the road crews. These men would get together and rent a small house, where sometimes as many as twenty men would live together, sharing their expenses.
Many times they would pool their money and buy an old car or pickup to have transportation while they were here working. These migrant workers didn’t make a lot of money, but because of their frugal lifestyle, they were able to save most of the money they made. Every payday, the post office would be full of migrant workers buying money orders to send the bulk of their earnings to their families in Mexico for safekeeping.
I was told that though their wages were low, the cost of living was so much lower in Mexico that the money they could make here in just one summer would support their family there for years. Those migrant workers were sending home every dollar they could for safekeeping, because they knew it was of greater value there than it was here.
What an object lesson. We as Christians, are living as “Migrant Workers” here on earth. We are told in 1 Peter 1:17, “…Pass the time of your sojourning in fear.” We sing the words of the song:
“This world is not my home,
I’m just a passing through;
My treasures are laid up,
Somewhere beyond the blue…
One of the characteristics of God’s people has always been their knowledge that this life on earth is temporary. In Hebrews 11, speaking of previously mentioned heroes of faith, verses 13-16 states: “…These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly.”
Understanding that this life is temporary and the material things that we acquire will perish, should help us to make better use of our money. It should help us to better understand the exhortation of Jesus in Matthew 6: 19-21:
“…Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal, for where your treasure is , there will your heart be also.”
The apostle Paul tells us in I Timothy 6:18-19, how we go about laying up for ourselves treasures in heaven: “That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate, laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”
The disciples of the first century understood this concept and put it into practice. We are told in Acts 2:44-45 and in Acts 4:32-35 that they sold their possessions and gave to anyone in need.
What was it that made those migrant workers live such frugal lives and send the bulk of their earnings back to Mexico? Because that was their home….where their heart was…and they lived in hopes of going back to be with their families and enjoying the treasures they had sent there for safekeeping.
When we come to fully understand that this world is not our home and that all the things this world has to offer are temporary and will perish with the using, then we will understand the importance of laying up our treasures in heaven.
We will then understand the folly of an extravagant and wasteful lifestyle, and we will see the value in using our material possessions to serve God by doing good and being generous and helping those around us who are in need. In this way we will be laying up for ourselves treasures in our heavenly home, where they will be safely stored and kept, awaiting our arrival. What are you doing with your treasures?
– Wendell Ingram, Via House to House Publication