“Add up the cost and look at the distance you have traveled, see the picture you made as you unraveled, to know if you are headed into God’s Palace or Blistery Basement.” ~ Jon Barnes
In my Dream
In my dream, I called up my father and talked to him. Through my mind’s phone and video I traveled and sat with him. Talking to the family, listening to live music being recorded– connecting with other musicians was my focus. We talked a lot about Jesus as He continued to feed us, living the life with my family of servants of our God and King. I am not the judge, I am learning to be the obedient, humble, servant son!
Do You Serve
Who do you serve as you examine the roads you travel? Did you choose the road full of loneliness, shame and babble? Lean of God, trust and don’t just take the Word from us, but go to the source. Eat, be merry and rejoice, that you experience God’s Grace and Love with your own work, faith, and choice. Be careful how you serve, by accidentally stepping on some nerves, while you try and help with love each day. Always review, and examine your approach, you are not always right with your boast. Learn from your mistakes, they are all over the place. Stop acting like God, or you’ll become a fraud, pretending to serve, yet lost in your deception. Be the Good Wife, Person, or Servant from Conception.
Each day gets better and better, since the first day that I met her, God showed me the one that I would play at her wedding. But to my surprise, I soon realized that I would be that groom of this bride at my wedding. God said to Marry, this woman full of honesty, smarts, looks, Love, and savvy, yet my flesh wanted to hold off, wait, and terry. Finally, my girl got the memo and helped me through my window to make the choice of right or wrong. God said to me, “Marry Her”, I did and actually carried her to the chapel and bedroom with life’s lesson, kids and possibilities. Stop, think and wonder, who I could have plundered, if I didn’t learn the honest lesson of Humility.
Make Me Proud
I’m so proud of my kids, they actually listened, learned, worked, loved and did. The fruit from my tree didn’t fall far from me, living the things I taught, preached, lived each day. They considered their own thoughts and tests and studied God’s Art, learning from Him to see what is best, fixing their mistakes in every way. I smile, love and admire in their travels they seek my help, yet I’m retired. Even when they know the way, still they call and say, Dad I love you– what do you think about this? Thanking God everyday, in the race we must pray to give, listen, and share each word with love, a hug, and a kiss! With God, Go The Distance!
In your service for God with each passing hour, with your kids, are you a stumbling block, full of wisdom, knowledge; yet denying the real Power of Love of God in your life?
Enjoy the Reading.
1 Corinthians 8New International Version (NIV)
Concerning Food Sacrificed to Idols
8 Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. 2 Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. 3 But whoever loves God is known by God.[a]
4 So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world” and that “There is no God but one.” 5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
7 But not everyone possesses this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. 8 But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.
9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? 11 So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12 When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.