Construction Zone

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Dark gray skies hung over the skyline. Persistent rain fell across the entire city as we headed for home. Traffic snarled and crept alone making the drive even more miserable. Signs appeared along the edge of the freeway announcing a construction zone ahead. Deep sighs escaped our lips as we prepared for more delays. I settled back, realizing the way in front of us had stopped completely. Why were so many roads under construction all the time? Just as one project finished, another one started. It felt like a never-ending cycle of traffic congestion for a motorist.

Sometimes, it feels like my life is always under construction as well. I begin to think I have my Christian walk all figured out; then God digs up the road in front of me and reroutes me. I want the pathway to be clear and life to be comfortable. I knew I would tread the less traveled road with Christ, but all the work zones can make the journey tiring and leave me guessing my choice of routes.

Philippians 1:6 (NIV) being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Once I exit God’s construction area, I soon see the beauty of the new pathway He created. The potholes of my sin get smoothed over. Fresh tar covers the damage caused by doing too much on my own. This way now feels new and exciting once again. The painful restructuring provides a new direction and a renewed sense of purpose. I am thankful for the remade me.

Hebrews 3:4 (ESV) For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.

Are you living in God’s construction zone currently? Hold on, God’s plans for your life are far better than anything you imagine. He will mold you and shape to fulfill His purpose. And, sometimes He will remold you and reshape you for another goal. We are the clay in the potter’s almighty hands, and He will form us for His plans. I pray for you and your journey. May your ways clear and may the Lord continue to bless you.

Romans 9:21 (NIV) Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?

Blessings,

Yvonne, Blogger, speaker and author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

 

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A Day of Love

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Do you remember the cartoon “Love is………..” by cartoonist Kim Casali from New Zealand. These little cartoons usually showed a couple with a caption that defined an aspect of love. A few examples showed us “Love is………………….camping out under the stars together.” or “Love is…………………a feeling to treasure.” These cartoons brought smiles to millions of people over the years. They also helped us to visualize the various types of love.

The Ancient Greeks came up with four types of love. The word Eros represents the romantic love felt between a husband and wife. Agape love embodies unconditional love as shown in Christ’s death on the cross for our sins. The other two types of love are Phileo and Storge, which deal more with the love of family and friends. The Bible offers over 700 verses on the subject of love. A couple of my favorite verses of love are:

Matthew 22:39 (NIV) “And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Romans 13:10 (NIV) “Loves does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

A mission trip abroad provides many opportunities to share an agape love with those we serve. A well drilled in rural Kenya gives clean water to the villagers and demonstrates God’s love. Feeding the hungry in homeless shelters offers the residences agape love. Homes built for orphans, so they no longer lived on the streets shows the children how much Christ’s cares for them. We all must strive to follow Christ’s examples of agape love in all we do.

John 13:34 (NIV) “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

Love can do unintentional harm if it does not follow Christ’s example as we move as His hands and feet to the world. Those served will watch to see if the actions follow the walk of Christ. Does the team fight and argue as they work together or do they show love towards each other. Will we eat along with the locals or hide away from them. Are the words we speak full of love or full of complaints about the poor conditions surrounding the work site? These examples of unloving behaviors can do unintentional harm to the work of Christ. We must follow Christ’s example of Agape love in all we do for others.

The commandments of “Love does no harm” and “Love thy Neighbor” presents difficulties to our everyday lives as well. God commands us to love. It does not offer the caveat to only love those that look like us or act like us or have the same beliefs as us. Love that is all there is to it. Love allows no judgment or no criticism. “God is Love,” and as we go out to be Christ to the world, we must reflect that love to EVERYONE.

1 John 4:20 says (NLT) “If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.”

Blessings,

Yvonne, Blogger, speaker, and author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

Ancestry

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Have you joined in the latest craze to uncover the secrets of your family history? We all wonder if someone famous shares the same DNA as ours. Might I be related to a queen or king? Could I be of the same bloodline as a literary giant from long ago? I think we all search for significance in the mundane of our daily lives by looking to our past. Admittedly I have thought to myself; there must be more to my life than working, raising children and chores.

These thoughts began again recently as I watch my parents’ generation start to depart this life. I helplessly watch as age takes a toll on their frail frames. Those once larger-than-life family members now confined to nursing homes or hospital beds. They guided my life with their wisdom, but now the mantle is passing to my generation. Who will oversee my steps into the future? Will I impact the lives of the next generation?

Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) “In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.”

I ponder these profound questions as I reflect on those who went before me. Soon, I hear the small whisper of Christ that reminds me that I am never alone in this world. My thoughts turn to my Christian ancestry. I remember all the spiritual giants of the Bible and how they guide my life through their words recorded in scripture. My heart lightens as I understand that Christ will never leave me or forsake me. He will guide my steps all of my life.

Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV) I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

I do not have to worry about my ancestry or worry about the significance of my life. I am a child of Christ. Christ paved the way and set the example for me to follow. Christ calls me to walk the path He has laid out for me. Nothing more, nothing less; He wants my obedience. When we follow God’s way, then He will make everything work out. The path may not be easy, and lives will not be perfect. But we are assured in Romans 8:28 that Christ will work out everything for our good.

Romans 8:28 (NIV) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

It is nice to know all about our earthly ancestry and how we fit into our family lineage. But, it is our Christian ancestry that provides us with a purpose and a future. You are a child of a King, and you are significant in His eyes.

Blessings,

Yvonne, Blogger, speaker and author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”