This morning as I was making the bed, a dream I had just had came to thought. Then, I tried to remember it and it was very difficult. At the same time, I recalled trying to remember a past hurt and it was the very same thing! How absurd it is to spend time trying to put together a dream or something from the past. Same difference. Absurdity.
My next pondering was the celebration of the birth of the Christ while I would be celebrating my rebirth! Colossians 3:15 states “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
Today I choose to cherish Life rather than a dream.
While thinking about the birth of Christ, I thought of the wise men searching. They were certainly following with their heart and not their head, because they were following a star. Continuing with their heart, upon finding the babe, they knelt down in humility to praise and adore Him. None of this was done intellectually!
Yesterday as I was praying to see Love expressed everywhere, I turned in my chair while at my desk and glanced out over the golf course. An older couple were playing and a car drove up on the other side of them and a young woman got out and ran over to greet them holding a wrapped present. After embracing, she left and waved at them as she returned to her car. Now, I had just prayed to see God/Love expressed everywhere and there it was. Love could actually be felt by watching this scene.
Luke 1:78 -79 reads “A light from on high will dawn upon us…To shine upon and give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to direct and guide out feet…into the way of peace.”
As I am pondering this morning the birth of Jesus, I am reminded He represents the Truth and appears to us in a childlike form, unlike the allegory of Adam and Eve who appear as adults. Then, I begin to think about the qualities of God’s child which are loving, forgiving, resilient, expecting Good, humility and on and on and on. Luke 2:40 reads “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” There is definitely a difference in “childlikeness” and “childishness” and that verse certainly points that out.
Today I will be conscious and alert to my thoughts and celebrate this birth reverently rather than get caught up in gift-giving, decorating and partying. There is nothing wrong with any of this but we need to stay cognizant of the real celebration here.
This morning as I study Matthew 9:18 which reads “there came a certain ruler, and worshipped Him, saying, ‘My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.'”, there seemed to be no doubt in the ruler’s mind that this was not the end for his daughter. Nor did I sense this was a last resort for him, but was clearly positive the Christ could heal his daughter. The human scene would have been scary, as well, but his faith in Christ was stronger than the material evidences before him. So often, we are asked to put aside what we are seeing and rely upon the Truth that there can be no imperfection in perfection. God’s universe IS perfect and our every needs are filled in this moment. Today I will live more in the moment, watching thoughts of yesterday and tomorrow, giving them no power.
This morning as I was studying the Bible, the thought came to me about the popularity of all the self help books in production today. As I pondered this, I realized the Christ was not in any of them I had read and they seemed to promote “self-reliance” which I find offensive. The more I recognize my dependence on God, the more I depend upon Him. The more I turn to Him with any and all challenges without human will and human outlining, the more Good I experience in my life.
John 15:5 states “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Today I will be grateful for all lessons, which become blessings as I understand more.
We can study mathematics forever but if we don’t solve a problem, we will never be a mathematician. The very same is true for reading a recipe for a cake but we still have to make it. This is true about riding a bike, swimming and on and on. It is especially true about being a Christian. We can read the Bible forever but if we don’t put it into practice in our life, are we still a Christian? Being a Christian to me means following the teachings of the Christ. Loving one another, standing for principle (which He always did) and knowing He was the true child of God were just a few of the ways. Psalm 25:4-5 states “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” We actually have to put these things into practice in our life.
Have been studying about Peter’s denial of the Christ after the Crucifixion. He had just told Jesus the night before there would be no way he would ever deny knowing Him, but he did just that three times. Matthew 26:75 states “He went out, and wept bitterly.” His remorse was so great but later, his spiritual understanding was so great, he went on to raise Dorcas from the belief of death! That story reassures me that my past is forgiven, freeing me up to learn more and more of God and my relationship to Him. Being able to use this understanding every day enriches my life.