Wednesday, October 25, 2017
As a Christian, it is my belief that God heals our innermost being when we receive His Son. We need not hide our brokenness from Him. Not only does He know us better than we ever will, we can be true and real no matter what our pain or failures are. In intimate redeemed relationship, Christ transforms in the darkest places beyond our reach.
© Jeffrey M Green. "Hide Myself", 16" x 20", colored pencils.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Moments of reflection can bring hope. As we consider the grace of Almighty God who loved us so much that He gave His own Son, our hearts are encouraged. To be forgiven, accepted, and loved so tremendously turns a simple life into a wonderful epic. This is not a passive halfhearted endeavor. Our hope is in a living Lord, a risen Savior. We must humble ourselves and actively receive the gift of redemption. An abundant life is in relationship with Jesus Christ Himself, our light and joy.
Happiness rides a roller coaster of circumstance, peace and joy last through the storms.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12.
Monday, October 23, 2017
Worthlessness has been a huge struggle for most of my life. In addition, deep within was a false view of God. Did He really care? Would He hurt me if I got close? When I discovered that in receiving Jesus Christ I am completely accepted by God, healing came. I found my true worth. When I came to know God’s perfect goodness, my life was transformed in an intimacy with Him that cannot be described.
Life is so full of brokenness that it is sometimes all we see. Jesus brings beauty in the ashes in the pure light of His grace. Over time, even those ashes will never be the same.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
We perceive the world as rational, emotive, thinking, and functioning beings with individual personality. Though having more knowledge than ever, we have not only lost the wonder of Creation; the amazement of our own existence has been suppressed. Science has become a philosophical doctrine of naturalism and materialism, reducing life to the idea we are mere animals or slime that betters itself over time. Our reality is defined as self-actuating. With intention to magnify our ability, the value of the real worth we have is destroyed. That we exist is a created miracle of God. Our significance and actuality is by the purposeful intent of an almighty God’s will.
I exalt in the joy of living, fashioned by the love of God and designed for relationship with Him. I marvel yet more knowing though I sinned and was at enmity with my own Creator, He brought me near in the Redemption of His own Son. The eternal Son stepped out of Heaven to live a prefect life, die in atonement to reconcile my rebellion, and rise victorious. The sublime goodness, grace, and glory of God is forever astounding.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to Him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:33-36.
Friday, September 1, 2017
|Cotopaxi, (1862) Frederic Edwin Church.|
When we look at the world around us we see immense detail. Complexity so intricately designed that we observe with a reaction of wonder.
Today we have allowed technology to cloud the appreciation of wonder with a fixation on ourselves and what we presume we can do. The "wow" factor we feel when we view art can call us back to an appreciation of Creation. As we contemplate the God who fashioned this manifold living reality, we are astounded. If we allow ourselves to think further, what an amazing reality it is that we are living souls, with purpose and reason for being.
Photo: Cotopaxi (1862) by Frederic Edwin Church (May 4, 1826 – April 7, 1900).
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Excellence is different. An ideal which looks toward doing well; it seeks ones best in a spirit of growth and freedom. A healthy goal of achievement allows for mistakes and failure, with the view of learning from them. One can have a strong bent toward seeking excellence and not be perfectionist. Without desire for excellence, music, art, sports, or any other endeavor we seek would not exhibit a quality of beauty in which the human heart rejoices.
How can we discover which we are exhibiting? Some clues: Are we hurting ourselves or those around us? Do we seek the best but allow failure in ourselves and others? Is an activity or goal meant to be enjoyed making us miserable? Another is often repeating, "I just want things done right, " a defensive statement that seeks to condone unbending behavior.
God is calling us to His Son Jesus, who paid the price to set us free. This is love we cannot comprehend until we answer yes to this gift. There is no longer a life of just existing and clawing our way along, freedom and joy waits. Will you let God love you and allow Him to wash you in His grace? Will you give yourself to the Savior?