“Who Wants To Be A Celebrity…..Me, Me, Pick Me”!

NOT ME, don’t pick me, no way, I’m a true “christian”, a selfless, praise deferring, servant of Christ, deserving of nothing, a sinful, wretched complete failure with out Him.

……..read that sentence again!

…………………..one more time!!

Now tell me, in complete honesty that it makes you wanna stand up and shout aloud,

I SERVE THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE, THE ONE TRUE GOD, THE IMMORTAL, WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR ME, WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR YOU, WHO ROSE TO LIVE AGAIN AND IS LIVING INSIDE OF ME AND WANTS TO LIVE INSIDE OF YOU………….ETC. ETC. ETC.

Does it?

Truthfully??

NOT ME, nope, it makes me wanna crawl in a hole, cover my head and beg God not to be mad at me, not to see me for my disgusting fleshly desires, not to be disappointed in my feeble attempt at life, not to push me back down any time I look up at Him in an attempt to take joy in who “I could be in Him”.

I’m sitting here (oddly enough as I just stopped for a moment and realized what song was playing – “Sinking Deep” by Hillsong Young & Free) and as I write this I have a ridiculous amount of emotion going on. I’ll admit, a small part could be because at times I do feel like that wretched sinful failure, and I fight daily to overcome my daily habits and shortcomings, but more so because as I scan through social media platforms, listen to conversation, read blogs, articles, opinions, news reports, blah blah blah, and all I see is a society of us who though we claim to be selfless, only talk about ourselves, our horrible day, our problems, our issues and so on. And when we do talk about others, we “talk about others”, we find the ones we disagree with and highlight them, we find our adversaries and point ’em out as if we were building our own little armies and we were recruiting as many as we could. We stand on mountain tops claiming the “truth” which if we just took a moment to really think through it all might find that “our” “truth” might not come from the Source but might actually come from our own selfish, praise absorbing, desire to be validated and accepted among our peers or those we aim to please.

Or maybe that was just my way of letting off steam, maybe the strongest emotion inside right now is the one that asks, “is that the God that I serve”? Is he this giant tyrant in the sky that has His thumb on the back of my head making sure I don’t take more than I deserve, because He wants to constantly remind me that I’m just a tiny little worthless creation of His and the ONLY reason I get to live is because He sent His Son to die for me, and that was all because He is gracious and merciful…..and kind…..and loving…..

Wow……..does any of this make any sense to you??

Ya me neither…..

Wait I wasn’t talking about the writing above 🙂 I was talking about the culture we’ve created.

Whether it be our attack on the world and it’s sinful ways (which is definitely the best way to win them to Christ and show that He truly does represent love and mercy and grace….I’ll stop there)

Or our attack on other denominations, ideology, theology etc (oh sorry I mean our defending the truth with a Christlike “I flipped tables over” type of anger, and comments that surely would have come from His mouth if He were here today)

Or just our attack on the next door neighbor who should never have been given children (might wanna take that up with the real Pro Creator, or think the many mistakes we’ve made that just happened to luckily not have a consequence)

Or the coworker who is a loser

The family member who’s an idiot

The politician who should be just like me, cause I’d surely make ALL the right decisions

The Celebrity who should as well…….

Is there a solution to all this? Surely! Are there any fine lines within any of this context? Absolutely!

Well, what are they??

Well as far as the fine lines, you’ll have to interpret on your own and see where there was some sarcasm, and maybe some unnecessary editorial commenting and determine your own approach.

But a solution?

Love God. Love People.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres”. 1 Corinthains 13:4-7

Loving God, takes really knowing Him, finding who He truly is, trying a perspective that is not our own that would lead us to a place of understanding what’s behind the words He’s given us. AND, how He really feels about us.

Loving people, is a bit different, but, we can start by just doing our best to follow the scriptures interpretation…..that’d be something new.

Whether we are that Christian who is in the very first sentence on this page, a seeker of the knowledge of Christ and His Word and just desires the truth, or one of the “inbetweeners” who struggles with identity and surety like many of us, in the end, when all is said and done, we will all be judged the same, by the same judge, in the same way!

How bout instead of fighting a fight that has already been won, and defending the very One that needs no defender, why don’t we just represent the One who loves us more than our imagination, who desires to spend time with us, who actually “celebrates” us.

ce·leb·ri·ty

noun \sə-ˈle-brə-tē\

:  the state of being “celebrated”

Bb

“I Love The Osteens”!

VICTORIA OSTEEN AND FAMILY

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart……….AND love your neighbor as yourself”! – Luke 10:27

For sake of time, and too be honest, more so just trusting that we all know what the context of “neighbor” was, we’ll just assume that we all agree in fact that loving the Osteens as well as any one else we agree or disagree with is within our own interpretation of who God said to love, whether they be a brother or sister or, a “Samaritan”!

So, “loving” should push us towards patience, kindness and long-suffering, and, push us away from dishonoring others or keeping a record of “wrongs”, and, it might just hope and maybe, protect………just maybe!

UNLESS we believe our job to warn, reveal and point out is FAR greater than one of the TWO things that Jesus left us with……and left with the idea that ALL other things were subject to these two things. OR maybe we believe we don’t have enough people attacking christianity today???

Delete the 1st four paragraphs and just think on this:

What if by chance “the ones” we think are “diluting” the gospel are just doing what God has called THEM to do?

Not possible??

Maybe it is…..

Maybe it’s not…..

Maybe it’s what they’re saying…..

Maybe it’s what they’re not saying…..

Maybe it’s not what they’re saying but rather what they’re not saying…..

Maybe it doesn’t matter and they’re wrong, they’ve always been wrong and they’re still wrong…..

Maybe…..

However, if they’re NOT, that possible chance that they’re NOT wrong, just imagine standing before God and Him saying something like this:

“You attacked the ones who I told to go in MY name, you spoke against the works of MY hands, you called them cultic, you said that it was in NO WAY of Me or MY spirit and that it was the words of a fool”!!!!!

“Well done my good and faithful servant”!

Hmm…..

I may or may not agree with some of the things that have been said, but, I will not be that guy!!

I got enough in me to worry about…..

Bb

“I don’t have a dad….”

I wanted to take a moment to step outta my own shoes and into the shoes of those who “don’t have”, have lost, or have never experienced the love and sacrifice of an EARTHLY dad!

To you,

I can’t imagine what it’s like to not have a dad in my life……

BUT, I can be sensitive to share in the grief and emotion of those who do on tough days like today.

I can’t begin to try and make it better……

BUT, I can encourage you to BE better for your kids, or step in and be a father figure for those who have experienced the same/similar struggles you have.

I can’t tell you to let it go……

BUT, I can tell you that forgiveness will bring a joy to your life that can overcome walls that have been built up in defense.

I can’t fix what has been done…..

BUT, I can pray that the Heavenly Father through his Holy Spirit will bring comfort and restoration to the hurts and broken heart.

Yes, I have been blessed beyond words with an earthly father that HAS been there for me, always, and HAS made countless decisions of sacrifice for me and gave up selfish desires to make sure that I had an example to follow, BUT, WE, share a Heavenly Father that has done and will continue to do all those things and more for both YOU and I.

Today, Fathers Day 2013, my prayer is that no matter if you have a dad or not, have had a dad or not, or have never known the love of a father, that OUR Heavenly Father is more than enough for all of us.

Bb

“I’m a parent & I don’t know everything”

One of the most used phrases by us as parents about the “youngins” is “kids think they know everything”, say it how you will but the concept is still the same.

What we DON’T use most is “I’m a parent and I DON’T know everything”!

As a parent of 2 teenage daughters AND 2 little ones, I’m finding out that phrase is oh so true and more so, I don’t quite know as much as I even thought I did.

With the girls, 15 & 16,  the 2 things that I do know is that “there are things I should have expected” and “no 2 kids are alike”!

Why didn’t I expect them to experience some of the things that I did? Or did I but not prepare?

Why didn’t I expect them to respond differently than I EVER imagined? Or did I, but didn’t prepare for it?

I do know this, what worked for me as a teenager might not work for them.

I do know this and forgive me for being the honest one but what worked for you as a parent might not work for me as a parent, and vice versa.

I do know that the word of God and prayer are the best ways to find what WILL work, used in LOVE and presented as Jesus would as best as possible (the harder part).

The one thing that I am learning is that when they make mistakes or bad decisions and it comes time to determine correction/discipline I have 3 things that come to mind first. The Past. The Present. The Future. Not just theirs but mine. What did I do at their age, What has it made me now or how has it affected me now, and the same for the future, AND how is it gonna affect me as their parent in the future. And the same, what have they done in the past, continue to do now, and how will it affect their future…….ALSO what has happened to bring them to those mistakes/bad decisions, what continues to happen and what can I do to help make sure it doesn’t continue to go on. I’m continually praying, reading and seeking advice from others on how to work through these things. I don’t have all the answers and don’t ever wanna be “that parent”.

As far as the little ones, 1 & 4, “HOW IN THE WORLD DID I FORGET HOW TO DO THIS”, 🙂 I can only laugh at myself and think “man am I 20 years old again?

I didn’t forget everything, I have learned a ton but sometimes it sure feels like I’m a brand new parent with them. (see above “no 2 kids are alike”)

“I’m a parent & I don’t know everything”! But I do know that I think long and hard in every situation and am REALLY trying hard not to just react!

Feel free to share your advice, learn-ed tactics and wisdom, “I wanna be better”…………

Bb

Family & kids

Privacy………

Privacy is overrated! Yeah right, who doesn’t like, or even NEED their privacy at least some of the time? And what better way to have privacy than in your own home!!!! That’s exactly what you hope for, work for, fight for, your own place, whether it be with your own family or just you, its the only place you can walk around in your undies (or without em), stink up the bathroom without a care in the world of anyone being around, or even, for some ladies who wouldn’t dare either of the prior, be caught without make-up!

Well, that’s the way most of us live, but I just wanted to take a quick minute to say thank you, and I wish those two words weren’t so diluted in today’s generation, cause in this case they feel so un-good enough for a family that not only opened their home but gave up their privacy for my family to come in and invade theirs! With a baby, a little guy who “never slows down”, and a crazy hectic family life, I felt like we took over half of that home and they never skipped a beat! They were the most gracious, understanding, giving FRIENDS anyone could ever ask for………so without getting emoji on everyone, just know, we are forever grateful to the Baxter family!

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