Spinning Our Wheels or Really Living?

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Thought:

“What if you had to fill out an application to get into
heaven and on that application you had to answer the question:  How did you live?”

 

Response:

Bear with me, here….

 

Do you realize at one time or another we are all seeking
meaningful connections with other human beings, pursuing personal goals or trying
to fulfill our hearts desires? Truth be told, most of us live our lives on fast forward not knowing where we are going or how we are going to get there until something or someone slows us down long enough for us to evaluate these two aspects of our lives, direction & means.  By then it is often too late to go back and change the decisions made on the fly, so to speak. All of this
reminds me of my life before Christ. 

With Christ in our lives, we are more able to recognize the importance of making decisions that affect our own life as well as the world around us.  Christ gives us a compass to sort
through all the emotion and reality of living our daily lives.  I believe He also helps us to understand how the daily mundane living along with the disappointments, the celebrations and the victories of life all fit together.  In the course of understanding, we learn to reconcile all the good and the bad of our days.  So the question above involves not only how we live our lives but to what end? Put plainly, are we spinning our wheels or really living?

In the movie Braveheart, there is a scene where William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson, is imprisoned.  Awaiting his “death” by purification, torture, the Princess of Wales comes to visit him. She begs him to ask for mercy and then proceeds to try and coax him to take a vile of liquid to “dull” his pain. She naively believes that if he would ask for mercy the king would spare his life and banish him to the tower where he, at least, could live.  His response to her tearful plea, “Every man dies but not every man really lives?”  That statement always strikes me as poignant because of the circumstances he was facing.  From that one line, we comprehend that he would rather die a terrible death, knowing his life had purpose and meaning for the sake of freedom for others than to bow down to a tyrant king to become his prisoner for even one day.  So what does it mean, exactly, to really live?

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After some consideration, I have come to the conclusion that as a born again believer in Christ, really living would be living my life with purpose and freedom from sin.  I do this by not only trusting in Christ as my personal Lord and Savior but also trusting that the sum total of my ‘mundane days’, the victories of my life and my disappointments are allowed and used by God for His glory.  In order to believe the latter statement, I must completely trust God for every detail of my life.  The next question then is how we trust an all-sovereign God with all of the details of our lives whilst knowing He is not only watching out for each one of us individually but He watches all the details of every person He has created at the same time.

 Did you ever wonder how God keeps tabs on everything under the sun?  His eye is on the sparrow, indicating that all of the creation is under His ever watchful eye and care.  I was listening to my local Christian radio station on the way to work this morning and they were talking about how God cares for each and every one of us in a very personal way.  My original thought posed a question came by way of a personal prayer request that I have been praying the last few months. It is a personal prayer that I am desperate for an answer, one way or the other.

The thought came to me because I already knew in my heart that God has heard my request but I do not know how He will answer it.  It occurred to me that there was a time in my life when I would pray and struggle with the question “Is God hearing me?”  I would get it in my mind that in order to exact a response from the Father I would have to take action.  I would set about doing anything that would seek to get His attention.  Read more scriptures, pray at a certain time during the day, give up something and maybe do a good deed in the name of Christ.  Basically, I was spinning wheels.

 I finally realized after growing and maturing as a Christian that God always hears my prayers but the answer may be hindered for a myriad of reasons, i.e., sin in my life, God working out the details of the request or maybe even waiting for just the right time, His time.  How peaceful it is to know that I can pray at any time day or night and without question know that my Heavenly Father is hearing it before it leaves my lips. Chances are, He heard it before I knew to pray it.

Today you can turn on the television, internet or radio and hear the daily statistics of job loss and looming economic disaster.  It is very disheartening, especially when my own family and friends are affected by the ever growing numbers.  I thank God every day for the job I have but I
also know that nothing, absolutely nothing, is for certain. Which brings me back to the original question, What if I had to fill out an application to get into heaven and I had to answer the question:  How did I live?” How would I prepare for the interview?  Would I have to list my skills?  Would I need to give references?  Can you even fathom what you would need to
include in your resume?

To most Christians, this thought is utterly absurd.  We know that there is absolutely nothing that
we can do to earn our way, to beg our way or impress our way into heaven.  Bottom line, it is not about anything we can do but all about what He has already done for us.  He has a list of our skills, the gifts He bestows on each and every one of His children, none of which can be used to earn our way to heaven.  He already has our references, as a matter of fact, there is only one name.  Jesus Christ. Without His reference, you do not get into the Kingdom.  He has already written our resume with Christ blood.  And last but not least the only question He will ask is whether our name is written in the book of life.  And we do not even have to answer, Christ will answer for us.

So what does spinning our wheels or really living has to do with the question, I pose at the beginning? One of the most important questions you should be able to answer is where will you spend eternity?  Where will you go if you were to die today? Because you know we all go somewhere! We will either go to heaven where will live with God for eternity or we will be eternally separated from God in a place, God calls hell or Hades.

The second most important question you should be able to answer is how will you live what’s left of your life on earth?  Will you live it selfishly looking out for yourself, living in bondage under the tyrant king of sin, in essence spinning your wheels?  Or will you live in freedom from sin with purpose and meaning for the greater good of others?  Will you really live?

May God give you the ability, wisdom, and courage to really live!

With much grace

shell

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Disappearing Line

Math Jokes Pictures, Images and Photos

 

1. Teaching Math In the 1950s & 60s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 Of
the price. What is his profit?

 

2. Teaching Math In the 1970s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did
he make a profit?

 

3. Teaching Math In the 1980s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and
his profit is $20.

Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

 

4. Teaching Math In the 1990s

A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and
cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands.
He does this so he can make a profit of $20.

What do you think of this way of
making a living?

The topic for class participation after answering the question: How
did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes?

 

(There are no wrong answers, and if you feel like crying, it’s ok. )

5. Teaching Math In the 2000s

If you have special needs or just feel you need assistance because of race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, childhood memories, criminal background,
then don’t answer and the correct answer will be provided for you.

There are no wrong answers.

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The theme in my spiritual life lately has been about the truth of God’s Word & the sovereignty of God.  Everywhere I turn there are messages about stubborn, hard-hearted people and how God is sovereign over everything in our life.   Our pastor is preaching a series from Ezekiel, talk about stubborn people…what is so uncanny about the messages they could be talking about America instead of Judah.

Daily, I try to keep up with what is going on in our country and our world but one can only hear so much doom and gloom, or lies for that matter.  I have literally gotten sick to my stomach at the waste, greed, and mean-spiritedness (is that a word?) coming out of all parts of our country.  Who is suffering the most?  Personally, I think it is our children.  They are growing up in a time when they will not know the difference between good and evil.  They will not know what is right or wrong.  They will not know where the line is because we as a people have failed to defend the drawn line. We have stood by while others have erased the line right before our eyes.  I share responsibility in this and feel that I came to understand the ways of the world way too late in my life.   My heart is overwhelmed by the direction our country is going.  How do we turn it back? How do we reach the next generation before it is too late?  I struggle in my own home to keep the line defined. 

In looking back over my life I have had to face the fact that I have made some wrong choices with huge consequences.  I have not followed God in many things.  I am undone by some of these realizations.  But because my God is merciful and full of grace I find that He was there in my past, He is here in my present and He will be there in my future working all things together for good. Even my mistakes.  I have repented of these things and have asked God to help me go forward in understanding and with wisdom.  To keep my eyes open to all the things that I have within my power to effect change, to keep me humble and seeking Him in all circumstances.  He is soooo good to me and has given me sooooo much peace, even in the midst of all the uncertainty surrounding me.  He has given me nuggets of truth to hang on to, promises to remind me that He and He alone is in control.  His word sustains me, gives me hope and makes me full!  I love Him more today than any other time of my life.  I only pray that it is never too late to make a stand for what is right, what is good in God’s sight and ultimately for God’s truth!!!

When I read this devotion today I completely understood what it meant…..because I have experienced every aspect of its truth.

“When we try to live by bread, or money, or material possessions or human love instead of by the Living Word, we begin to die.  I can do without bread, but I cannot do without the life that comes by the Word of my Father.”
Elizabeth Elliot’s Cassette – Spiritual Opposition


“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  Matthew 4:4

May God have His grace and mercy in your life as well!!!
Shell

 

 

 

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Praise God from whom all blessings & struggles flow…..25 RANDOM THINGS ABOUT SHELL!

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I got tagged on Facebook with this survey….it was actually kind of cool.  I posted it several weeks back and was exploring again today and ended up on the section where I posted it.  As I re-read what I had written I realized that some of my answers on a different day may have been somewhat different.  Simply because of the mood I chose for that day.  Get it "chose"? 
 
How is it that we can wake up one morning and smile into our day with not a care in the world and some days wake up and feel the weight of the world on our shoulders?  I mean, what happens between the time I close my eyelids to the time I set my feet upon the floor?  It kind of makes me wonder if the enemy is not standing over our beds at night whispering suggestions of despair and the guardian angel, sent to protect us, is fiercly battling for our minds as we slumber.  And then in the morning we perhaps choose the loudest whispering voice.  This is not factual, nor biblical, by any means, just a thought that wandered into my mind on my long commute to work one morning as I questioned why I went to bed in a good mood and woke up somewhat grouchy.  I do know that the bible does speak of spiritual warfare in Ephesians 6 but does that count when we are asleep, in my opinion, most definitely yes.
 
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

 
What does this have to do with 25 random things about me? 
 
Well perhaps absolutely nothing except that on any given day, at any given time I can 
C- H – O – O – S – E
to think what is true, honest, just, pure, lovely  and things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (taken from Philippians 4)
 
Praise God from whom all blessings & struggles flow…..
 

My 25 random things about me:

1. I talk with God everyday.

2. I appreciate having a job and a home!

3. I love the sound of wind chimes

4. I am very creative.

5. I cry at least twice a month for no good reason.

6. I love being a grandmother.

7. I have lived in 8 states since I was born (MO,VA, AZ, ID, FL, AR, NC, HI,TX,)

8. I miss my sister Danielle who passed away in Sept 2006

9. I love walking barefoot in the wet sand at the beach

10. I want to go up in a hot air balloon.

11. Trusting God is one thing that gets me through hard days

12. I love giving parties

13. I was a mechanic in the Air Force

14. I would love to own my own house.

15. I love flowers.

16. I like every color in the crayon box

17. I believe God works all things together for good….even the very bad things.

18. My favorite food is a hamburger

19. I miss being married.

20. I like helping people when they don’t know it

21. I extremely dislike my hour and half commute to work everyday! YUK!

22. I am blonde by choice…. 🙂

23. I like watching old movies on a rainy day!

24. I dream of writing and publishing a book someday

25. I wish I could play the piano, there is so much music inside me!