Thursday, February 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday

It’s throwback Thursday, and I’m so glad we are not left in the past. It doesn’t seem to matter what the style is today. Twenty years from now, we will be amazed we looked like this.
Think of all advancements and improvements over the years. When I was in high school, my princess phone still had a cord connecting it to the wall. My first real job provided a typewriter with correction tape and carbon paper. My first computer had two floppy disk drives.
                There is also a spiritual application to Throwback Thursday. In the past, we were dead in our trespasses and sins. I’m so glad we are not left there. We are now made alive with Christ. These passages from Ephesians tell us where we were and where we are now.
                So where are we going? Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” God has prepared good works for each of us. We know where we were. We know where we are. Do you know where you are going? Ask God what good works he has prepared for you to do.
                If you are still living in the throwback of your trespasses and sins, acknowledge Christ as your Savior. Admit your sin, recognize the consequences, accept His payment for your sins through His death and resurrection, and confess Him as your Lord.
                Step into the future of God’s mercy, grace, and love.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue -- Really?

            Roses are red, violets are blue, or are they? Most violets are purple. Blue is the exception. Open any crayon box, and you will find the color violet with purple in parentheses. Violet is purple, not blue. So why are we so accepting of the words in this poem that we have all heard and recited since childhood? Does this bother anyone but me? Probably not.
This made me wonder what else we take for granted that we have been told our entire lives without question. Idioms for example: Does crossing your fingers bring good luck? Do little birds really tell secrets? When it’s raining hard, have you ever been hit by a cat or a dog? Has curiosity really ever killed a cat? Well, maybe one of their nine lives; but do they really have eight more?
           What about brand names used for material goods--for example: Kleenex instead of tissue; Jell-o instead of gelatin; Band-Aid for adhesive bandage; Windex for glass cleaner; Q-Tip for cotton swab; Xerox instead of copy (this one is particularly annoying as my company sells Sharp copiers , so don’t Xerox it, copy it—on a Sharp). 
Is there anything constant and guaranteed? Are there any words we can trust without question? Oh, yes!
“The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations” (Psalm 33:11).
“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8).
“But the word of the Lord endures forever” (I Peter 1:25).
               We can always depend on the word of the Lord, but don’t take my words or someone else’s words for God’s. Read them yourself in the Bible. You will be glad you did.
             That brings me to my next observation. Not all roses are red. Happy Valentine’s Day!