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Completeness

Posted: January 30th, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

… but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.” (1 Corinthians 13:10 NIV).  Having a partial understanding of our purpose and interim roles, is the most that we can hope for now. Yet for us, that is all of it, our everything. For many, even that may be too much.  When we begin to realize that our true purpose is to be outwardly focused, to give rather than take, the warm caressing sands beneath our feet begin to wash away, leaving us unsteady and chilled on the paths we’ve chosen. Will we have spent so little of our precious time addressing the needs of our neighbors that we’ll have buried in the garages of our lives, even a partial understanding of our true intended purpose? We’ve each embraced our adopted purpose to varying degrees, what we are too often missing is the natural purpose behind the life we’ve been gifted. It begins and ends within the components of the following definition of the greatest emotion we’ll ever experience, love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tells us that love is comprised of; truth, patience, kindness, protection, trust, hope, forgiveness and perseverance. The very same scripture tells us of the ingredients we add which routinely spoil or destroy our loves; envy, pride, selfishness, anger and dishonor. Yet virtually each of these ingredients, both the beneficial and harmful, can be found in our lives and loves, in different quantities, producing uniquely different kinds and degrees understanding. Partial loves. Every life, that is, except  One.

When completeness comes …”, all of our partial life understandings disappear or stated metaphorically, will become like a cup of salt poured into the sea. Technically these partial understandings still exist, but our heightened breadth of new awareness will have been magnified so exponentially, that we’ll finally be able to clearly “see” our former understandings, as merely in part“. God’s Word tells us, that moment of completeness, will reveal what we’ve been missing. That incredible moment, takes place when the chaff has all been sifted away and our residual purity is permanently dedicated within the body of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only One who, through complete love and sacrifice, has the ability to thresh out the chaff of our confusion. What is so real to us, will ultimately and finally be brought into focus. The possibilities we only imagined will be spiritually transformed into the obvious. Our question every day is, will we only be close enough to see this, or will we have been involved enough to actually experience completeness? Jesus warns: “And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us. (Luke 16:26 NIV).

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Remarkable

Posted: January 28th, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

Sometimes it seems necessary, for our understanding, to portray God in a more human light, but that carries risks too. Our invisible God of the old testament, can be a bit more of a conceptual mystery for us than Jesus, who walked among us. The omnipotence of God can also be overwhelming. As we’ve come to understand that virtually nothing is impossible for our Lord, we’ve begun to create human-like expectations for this God who so loves His children. Substituting… read more

Scroll of Remembrance

Posted: January 26th, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

I’ve often wondered how we might react if we were given even a momentary or actual glimpse of eternal life in God’s kingdom? I suspect that it may be so incredibly inviting, that we’d willingly loosen up our grip on this life.  In fact, for those of us in the throws of any misery the temptation to discard this life might become too great. I know that God doesn’t want us to throw away or to waste any part of… read more

Responsibility & Blame

Posted: January 24th, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (1)

Each of us wears the distinguished robe of guardian at some time in our lives. Responsibility is the lost key we fumble for in the darkness, the key for the courage to place another’s well being ahead of our own. I am not speaking of throwing our body’s in front of a sword, for each of us may determine the merits of such acts on our own. I’m speaking of the good Samaritan. Those moments when we accept responsibility for… read more

Stop Pretending, Please

Posted: January 23rd, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (1)

It often feels like Christians are the most maligned collection of human masses on the planet. Our chameleon like reaction to this, is to hide our beliefs, even ourselves except when in the company of like chameleons. The question we often ask ourselves is why do others perceive us as untouchables?  What have we done to deserve this weighty dark moniker? We don’t hurt anyone, so how have we offended the world? I think it’s more a matter of what… read more

Jacob’s Hold

Posted: January 19th, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (1)

How many times have we wrestled with life? Perhaps it would be easier to try and count the days of our lives spent in peaceful repose? The trials and tests of life are endless, some are minor while others are huge. We can hide, run away or even ignore life’s more difficult engagements but if we are honest, we simply can not deny they exist. I needn’t list these trials, since for each of us, the menu has been presented… read more

Disappointed or Pleased?

Posted: January 18th, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

No matter how forthright and well intentioned our actions may seem to us, it’s likely that they will fail someone else’s expectations. This is a disheartening realization. Our best simply isn’t good enough .. and never will be. We can study, watch, learn and try harder but we’ll never be completely successful at meeting anyone else’s expectations. This is a stark truth which we’d like to shut and lock a door on. We go to work seeking perfect reviews which… read more

Peace of Love

Posted: January 17th, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (1)

We’ve watched the classic movie scenes and read best seller dialogs. We’ve listened to the hit songs and generally experienced many of the classic descriptors which attempt to define for us what; love is! The inadequacy of course hides among the elusive fact that there are as many different kinds of love as there are people experiencing or sharing it. I’m not even including the; prides of possession, joys of prevailing, idolizations or delights of the physical, I’m simply focusing… read more

Clarifying Life

Posted: January 16th, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

Is it important how we live our lives? Why shouldn’t we look out for número UNO? Nobody else will … right? No that’s not right!  God watches out, in many different ways for those who watch out for others. In a world where it’s becoming all about “me”, where YouTube offers everyone temporary stardom, and Facebook allows us to build a stage to spotlight ourselves, where our Tweet numbers outrank our actual contributions to those in need, we should remember… read more

Time & Eternity

Posted: January 12th, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

Time and eternity are like two hands of the same clock. One which moves quickly enough for us to see and relate to it (time), while the other (eternity) moves significantly slower than our attention span can tolerate. “Time flies when you’re having fun,” exemplifies this concept. We must otherwise occupy our minds for enough time to pass that it registers as a single grain of sand on eternity’s beaches. Philosophically one might wonder, what’s the point of time (or… read more