Wednesday, September 7, 2011
"We all leave footprints in the sand, the question is, will we be a big heal or a great soul." unknown
We all will leave our footprints in the sand of this world. Our lives and how we lived it will be our footprints. What sort of footprints will you be leaving?
I'd like to think that my footprints will not over shadow others footprints or that they become lost in the many, that they will stand (pardon the pun) for themselves. I'd like to think that mine will show the places that I paused will be good places, not places I'd be ashamed to have my footprints be there. Places where my footprints go deep in the sand because I stayed for awhile to do the work of the Lord, or places that they grew lighter because I hurried through the storm of that time.
There is a poem, I'm sure you all remember reading or hearing it at sometime in your lives, that tells of the times that we walked in the sand of of life and there were only one set of prints. Those are the times that Jesus carried us through the storms of life.
We don't often remember that, focused on our own selves as we so often do.
So, back to the original question, what will your footprints tell about your life? Something to ponder.......
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The photo at the side is of our CMA Chapter, The Blessed Riders at a charity ride early this year. This type of thing is a small fraction of the activities that our chapter is involved in. We work rides, helping with the organizing, set up, breakdown and some go on the actual ride. None of us go on all of them, but some go on each one. This would run into some serious outlay of cash to try and go on each and every ride.
By helping with the work of the ride, that is our contribution as well as the opportunity to witness to the "biker world". Most of the rides are "secular", meaning that the attender's are not necessarily Christian or have a relationship with Jesus. By being there we can witness to them and share with them just what Jesus has done for us. We offer to "Bless" their bike as well, but it isn't really blessing their bike so much as it is an opportunity to pray with and for them where they are right at that moment.
The subject of this writing isn't about the CMA, as such, but it is about the promises that we sometimes make and cannot or do not intend, to keep.
Have you ever made a promise to someone just to shut them up or get them off of your back, knowing in your heart that you have no intention of keeping that promise? I have. If you say you haven't, well I'm sorry but I don't believe it. We've all done it. Have you ever taken one of those tracts that a man or woman handed you while you're walking down a sidewalk or into a store? Well, that is a promise you made and had no intention of keeping, as you tossed it into the first trash can you passed. You were practicing avoidance, take the tract, no additional actions required and moment passed. Right?
Wrong! We shouldn't take the tracts or whatever the person is handing out unless we intend to read it. We should simply hold our hand up and say "No, Thank You" with a smile, and walk on.
When you make a promise, whether verbal or implied, you should make every effort possible to keep that promise. The Scripture tells us, "But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil." Matt 5:37 KJV. Your word should be something someone can bank on! Something they have no fear of finding false.
It is coming up on election time in our CMA chapter. I am currently serving as secretary. This isn't a job for someone with an "I'll do it later" attitude. Believe it or not, if you do that you'll quickly find yourself up to your nose in "paper work" and be over come. Serving as an officer is an honor and a privilege. The chapter members are depending on your integrity and depend upon you to keep your word to them and our Father. This isn't a fluff job, it is a vital part of the Ministry of CMA and as such, you'd better be able to deliver on your promise and yes, go the extra mile as needed.
Are you ready to do that in what ever position you hold in your work, home and ministry or community service work? I hope so.
Something to ponder.............
Monday, September 5, 2011
I try to do just that, but sometimes I fail, just as any human will. We have tried to instill in our girls that they should live by the "Golden Rule", you know, "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." as found in Mark 6:31 ASV
So often in life this is just not possible. People just won't let you treat them as you'd like to be treated. BUT...........
That is where the definition of "Saint" comes in. You MUST treat them as you'd like to be treated even when they don't deserve it. Especially when they don't deserve it!
Let's pretend you're driving along in heavy traffic, someone cuts you off and your first inclination is to question their sanity or even their parentage! But ~ stop and think, maybe they are not paying attention because they are on their way to the hospital to be with a loved one before surgery or even death, maybe they just lost their job, maybe any number of life altering events may have occurred and there you are with your attitude of injured pride screaming obscenities at them.
How would you have like to have been treated should that other person been you instead?
Will this humble blog make you stop and think, or even change one thing you might do tomorrow? I'd like to think so. I'd like to think it will make me think twice about my reactions to the daily grind.
Like we say in the CMA (Christian Motorcyclist Association), "Changing the world, one heart at a time." Maybe the first heart I should change is mine.
....something to ponder.....