Thursday, March 20, 2008
I just received the most incessant rant in response to a post that I have ever seen. First of all...I will not post any kind of comment on this blog that is going to name call in a degrading way anyone of any race, religion or political view. I'm saddened by the comment. Not so much what the person had to say, but the way the person said it. And the fact that it was posted anonymously. Have courage friend and stand by your belief. If you feel as strongly as you do, then brother/sister, say it loud and say it proud. But be careful. I've said it before and I'll say it again, freedom of speech is not really free at all...there's always a cost.
The post ranted about Reaganomics and other such capitalist offences. Well I'll tell you this...in our home, we CHOOSE to live on one income, we CHOOSE to live within our means and we love the life we have. We CHOOSE to live in a humble home that we can afford, drive cars that are paid in full and keep no credit running. Yes we have a mortgage but we work hard. And what's so wrong with hard work? I believe that hard work is the only way to keeping a sane mind and happy out look. Many poverty stricken countries have simply happy people (who yes need major help from countries who can afford to help and we pay our share through child sponsorship and missions) but the families are close, the children never say "I WANT" and they find joy in simple things. I hope whoever ranted in this comment (that I will NOT post) can find some forgiveness. Walking around with all that hate inside will cause you nothing but heart ache. Love your life...good and bad. Jesus said, there will be hard times. Being Christian doesn't mean we sweep all the garbage under a rug and forget it. We just deal with it in a different way. I say, look at my own life first, fix that, change my heart, find peace (that can really only be found in a living God) and live. JUST LIVE. Do your best with what you have and you'll not only sleep at night, but have no guilt and enjoy peace. Ask God into your heart. Realise you are a sinner. So am I. Its the new age stuff that tells us we don't need a saviour. We do! We cannot do this living on our own. We were created to know a saviour and deep down inside, we really do know Him. We just stop feeling. When we really feel bad about something, we try to stop the pain by stuffing it down and it turns into blame. Its so much easier to blame. But the feeling IS the Spirit. Eventually, by pushing it away long enough, we stop feeling the truth and start living in anger, resentment and pain. So realize that its okay to acknowledge a God who loves you, who made you and called you according to HIS purpose. Ask Him into your life and ask Him to be Lord. Because He's real and you have 3 choices to make from that. 1. He's a lunatic 2. He's a liar or 3. He's the Lord. Choose one. Research it. Don't take my word, who am I? Check it out. Read "The Case for Christ" by Lee Strobel who was a full on Atheist. As an investigative journalist he researched the Jesus idea and found out all on his own...the way and the truth and the life. Lay down your anger friend and pick up joy. Joy is dependant on your inner circumstance. Happiness depends on what is HAPPENING to you. The day my dad died, I was NOT happy, but I had joy. I had a 4 day old baby. How could I not have JOY? Peace and Love friend. Truly.
Here's some steps to take in your new journey:
1. Admit you are a sinner - not as easy as it sounds;
2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent, give it up, change, move on);
3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, and rose again;
4. Invite Jesus into your heart to be your Lord and Saviour! Here's a simple prayer:
"Dear God I know I'm a sinner, I know I am not where I want to be, and I want your forgiveness! I believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for my sins.
Please wash me clean from all sin, shame, and guilt, come into my life Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. I ask this in your name Jesus. Amen!"