I’ve learned over the years that just because you are looking at the same thing, or experienced the same event, we all don’t come up with the same conclusion. We each have our own set of filters through which we experience the world.
Sometimes, as in the case of my story, the filters are totally different from one another. Not knowing the other person’s filters, such as their experiences (good or bad) with things like family, food or even religion or religious groups, changes how a person looks at the Bible.
If you ever wanted to approach someone about your faith it helps if you understand where they’re coming from…what filters are they using…it affects how the person hears your message.
I thought it was time for a Juggling Update. (In case you want to see where i started check the link below and go to the end…I might not be able to juggle but I really have improved…)
No I haven’t managed to keep the balls up in the air even a minute yet but I am seeing improvement which is encouraging me to keep at it. I’m committed to finishing what I started because I don’t want to have another thing to add to my list of things that I started but didn’t complete.
It’s not a big thing but I think when I can juggle several rounds consistently I’ll feel I did manage to do something even though it wasn’t easy. So my question to you…Have you learned something new lately? It doesn’t matter what it is…it can be speaking a new language, learning an instrument, learning a new video game…any time you learn something new you are creating new pathways in the brain and the more of them you have the easier it is to learn new things AND heaven forbid if you ever have a brain injury or start losing some neuro pathways you have more to work with. Anyway here is one of the earlier juggling videos so I can prove that I have improved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WompBW9OKts
In reading 2 Corinthians today I was struck by the fact that Paul was having to write a letter to some of the churches he had started to tell them to quit fighting among themselves. The people were believers but they were calling themselves ‘followers of Paul’, followers of Peter’ or followers of Apollos. He pointed out that they were cutting Jesus up in pieces and that they were all followers of Jesus Christ. He was also trying to stop some ‘misbehaving’ going on, someone was having an adulterous affair etc. How frustrated Paul must have been. I bet he wished he could take his faith and go into the mountains and live away from the complaining of people.
But that isn’t how life works. It would have been easier for Paul and all the others to go create their own commune (think back in the 70s…) Paul knew however that Jesus was very specific about certain things and one of them was that it was the apostles jobs to spread the ‘Good News’ and teach people about our Savior.
Fast forward a couple of thousand years and the story is the same…there’s a lot of arguing on which church ‘has it right’ and who believes what. I think having a lot of churches isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I know when you go around to churches and see where you feel comfortable you find the style of the pastor may or may not feel comfortable to you. And you MUST make sure the teachings are biblical based and centered on the fact that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the ONLY way to eternal salvation.
Have you ever heard the expression “Putting Lipstick on a Pig”? No matter how much lipstick you put on it…don’t be fooled…it is still a pig.
The saying is an oldie but in real estate it is still very relevant I stage homes to make them pop on the internet but don’t confuse that with putting lipstick on a pig. In my years in business I’ve learned that agents willing to cut corners and deceive people ultimately don’t stick around for a lot of years.
So what does this have to do with the bible? A lot. I think there are a lot of people out there dressing their sermons or ministries up as bible-based but yet they aren’t praising Jesus. I’m a new believer and it is CRITICAL that I build my faith on a strong foundation. I need to reach out to experts, do my reading, pray and ask for guidance. Otherwise I’m building a weak foundation and the first sign of bad weather it will all come tumbling down.
So in whatever you set out to do, don’t rush in and skip the most critical step…building a strong foundation. There aren’t any short cuts in learning anything; dancing, playing an instrument, drawing, singing, writing, carpentry work, masonry or…learning the bible. You have to spend time in study and in practice…so that’s where I am not. It might not be the most glamorous part of life but it will pay dividends in this lifetime…and in the case of building your faith…your eternal lifetime as well.
An ah hah for me in my early months of reading the bible is the importance of The Holy Spirit.
I’ve always known He existed. I’ve known He was part of the Holy Trinity but I guess in many ways The Holy Spirit seemed a ‘lesser’ of the Three. The Holy Spirit had never been a part of my prayer process (granted my prayer process wasn’t any where as deep as it should have been) but even so The Holy Spirit wasn’t involved at all.
After reading the bible for awhile The Holy Spi
rit was mentioned often enough that I couldn’t help but realize I had some how missed the boat on how He fit in.
In questioning further I was led to the book I talk about today called GOOD MORNING HOLY SPIRIT by Benny Hinn. It is bible based and points out how important the Holy Spirit is to us and especially in the prayer process. Benny was able to take a very complex and in my mind complicated subject and simplify it to where I an grasp it. Granted I have a ways to go to understand it all but for now I feel I can incorporate the Holy Spirit into my prayer life and my daily life now which I feel is critical.
If I’ve learned anything over the last 63 years is that if you want to do something you’ve GOT to be persistent.
I told you last year I was going to learn how to juggle 3 balls…nothing fancy just 3 balls. Well come to find out it is more difficult than it looked. Granted I have very little eye hand coordination so what comes easier to some has been a struggle for me.
I’ve gotten very frustrated over the last year and actually let the balls sit on the counter several weeks at a time without even picking them up. Granted there was NO way I was going to learn how to juggle that way. So I’m practicing a few minutes a day again. I’ve gotten better, actually much better for those in the family that have seen me struggle…but i’m not there yet.
What does that have to do with the Bible you might ask? It’s reminded me that learning anything, getting anything…even a relationship with God does not come over night. You have to work at it. I want the relationship with God I hear about, read about etc. Yet I have to remind myself that those people talking about their close relationship with God have been praying, studying and reading the Bible for years…decades even, while I’ve only really been doing it a few months.
So like the juggling I have to be persistent. I have to work at it. I can’t expect God to show up in my bedroom today and ask me what took me so long to call for him. It’d be nice and might happen to the occasional person but not to most.
So I am going to be patient and I’m going to continue reading the Bible daily, praying and talking to God and know that he’s listening. And hopefully I’ll hear him more and more clearly as time goes on.
And when I get the juggling thing down I’ll be back to show you…trust me I will do it…eventually.
Happy Easter Everyone!
Wouldn’t have missed a video today since today is THE day! I had an ah hah moment at church today. Now it’s probably many of you have thought about for years but I can honestly say I never, ever, made the connection. So here it is:
Pastor Brent quoto Bono (that’s how we roll…lol) Can’t remember the exact quote but for me anyway it came down to this: You can look at all the research about Jesus and either believe the guy when he says He’s the Son of God OR you can blow him off as a crazy person up there with Charles Manson. BUT then you gotta wonder would they have turned the entire world’s calendar on it’s ear and consider the year of Jesus’ birth as year one????
When you think about it he’s right. We have BC for Before C
hrist and we have AD Anino Domini which is translated as The Year of the Lord OR the Year of Our Lord. In either case whenever we write a date on a check or on an email we are acknowledging the birth of our Lord. That must really rub those people that want us to forget about Jesus. Now I’m sure the atheist would say that has nothing to do with whether Jesus was the Son of God or not…but I have to wonder…would we really have reset the entire world’s calendar for a really good guy????
Now every time I write the date I’m going to give thanks for the sacrifice Jesus made for us 2016 years ago. How about you? Are you with me????
Again have a wonderful Easter!