Seeing life's events in the light of God's Word.

To Judge or Not to Judge

Matthew 7:1-5. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

Writers will tell you that although it is sometimes difficult to find mistakes in one’s own writing, it is much easier to detect them in someone else’s.

Spelling, punctuation, grammar, plot, characterization, just to name a few.

Admittedly, writers often pick up on other writer’s mistakes, making it difficult for them to enjoy reading for pleasure. 

Is it like that for you in your relationships?

Do you find it’s easier to focus on the mistakes or idiosyncrasies of family and friends than it is to find your own faults?

And do you find it hard not to point them out and give advice on how to change?

God knows all about that. And He even tells us what to do.

He warns us against hypocrisy. He wants us to work on our own faults first. Focus on ourselves. 

He reminds us that only those who are “fault free” are we able to see clearly and help others.

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He’s Got This

Job 22:21- “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.”

I don’t look forward to the two roundabouts I must maneuver every day on my way home. Even for those of us driving on them frequently, they can be tricky.

Each roadway leading into and out of the roundabout, posts a large YIELD sign. And, guess what? Frequent accidents are the norm.

The human animal doesn’t like to YIELD to others.

So consumed with “self,” we want to “go first.”

We Christians understand we are to YIELD to God, but are often stubborn and take things into our own hands. 

We forget that He already knows the outcome of every situation! There is no one more worthy of our trust.

When we YIELD to God, we will be at peace with Him and we will prosper.

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Reach Out

Acts: 17: 27: “God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.”

“Why did God let this happen?”

This is a common question asked by those suffering from illness and loss. Isn’t it? Perhaps you have even said those words, yourself.

In Acts, we find that God wants to comfort those who are suffering. He hopes they will seek him “and find him.”

Over the years, I have heard stories about people who have come to know the Lord in the midst of difficult circumstances involving family members, friends, and even themselves.

These words remind me of the picture my parents had hanging in their house of Jesus knocking on the door of someone’s heart. 

Whether it is someone with a “scientific” mind who has doubts, or a person who has spent a lifetime running in the other direction, or a variety of other reasons, He is closer than you can imagine.

And He’s waiting for you to reach out for Him.

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Mom Taught Me How to Blow Bubbles

1 John 2:25- “And this is what he promised us—eternal life.”

My mother wasn’t perfect; but she was the perfect one for me.

She taught me how to embroider, to ride a bike, and blow giant bubbles with Bazooka Bubble Gum.

In my eyes, she was beautiful.

I miss her soft hands, the twinkle in her eyes, her encouragement, her unconditional love. 

I still listen for her voice, the shuffle of her feet, her laugh.

The sweet way she said my name.

If you’ve lost your mother recently, as I have, my prayer for you today is that you can rejoice in the small things you remember about her and in in knowing that this is but a brief time apart.

One day you will reunite.

And spend eternity together.

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The Truth About Your Name

Proverbs 22:1- “A good name is more desirable than riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”

I’ve seen several online articles this week about rich, powerful, and famous people. 

They seemingly “had it all.” Good looks, influence, notoriety.

However, now each have at least this one thing in common: they have been caught doing something illegal, ruining their good name—forever.

They will soon be forgotten, losing the reputation they spent a lifetime building.

All the things this world has to offer can be lost by making just one poor decision. But the Bible tells us that it is better to be known as a good, moral, law-abiding person.

It’s the way we live our lives that is of upmost importance.

 Our good name will stay with us forever.

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